With $137 million in new financing, backbone Internet service provider O3b Networks has tapped European satellite maker Thales Alenia Space to build four additional satellites for a new mid-Earth-orbit constellation, the companies announced in November. The contract follows a $1.2 billion deal under which Thales Alenia Space is already building eight of the Ka-band communications satellites for the U.K.-based startup. Slated to launch atop European Soyuz rockets in 2013, the first eight ...


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