WASHINGTON — Boeing is hoping to sign up international buyers for its new communications satellite bus aimed at the small geosynchronous market. At the 2019 International Astronautical Congress this week, the company will be pitching the Boeing 702x spacecraft to several potential customers, Eric Jensen, vice president of Boeing’s global commercial satellite sales, told SpaceNews.
“We have a team at IAC,” he said. “We’re going to engage customers on a national and commercial level.”
Boeing announced in September at Euroconsult’s annual satellite industry conference in Paris that it was introducing the 702x family of spacecraft to compete for what is expected to be a growing market for small geostationary orbit satellites. The 702x small GEO bus is based on the O3b mPower satellite Boeing is producing for SES’s medium-Earth orbit constellation of high-throughput satellites. Boeing combined its legacy 702 small and medium platforms with a newly designed digital payload.
In the weeks since Euroconsult, “we have heard interest expressed from smaller governments,” Jensen said. The use of a digital, reprogrammable payload and the miniaturization of electronics has made it possible to pack the same capability of a 4,000 kg. satellite into one half that size, he said. Boeing sees Airbus ...