ROME—Satellite operator SES Networks is closely monitoring the final stages of assembly, integration and testing of a batch of first-generation O3b satellites that will bring the in-service communications constellation to the planned size of 20 spacecraft. At Thales Alenia Space’s production facility here, the final four satellites are being prepared. They are scheduled to be flown to Kourou, French Guiana, in late January, says Jerome Verzat, head of the program for Thales ...

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