Two moves in South Asia could provide Astrium with a launch customer for a new small communications spacecraft, while reinforcing the company’s lock on the remote-sensing satellite market. On Nov. 16, Sri Lanka signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to acquire a small telecom satellite from U.K.-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., which Astrium acquired at the beginning of the year to bolster its small-sat know-how. SSTL CEO Matt Perkins says he hopes to conclude a contract by ...

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