Communications satellites aiming at a geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) long have been the bread and butter of the commercial spacecraft business, both for manufacturers and launch service providers. But the market has been slow for several years, forcing all such companies to become creative. Arianespace may be the launch service provider with the strongest reliance on commercial GEO spacecraft. Today’s “quietness,” says CEO Stephane Israel, can be explained by the ongoing ...

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