PARIS—Thales Alenia Space on Sept. 10 introduced Space Inspire, a new satellite design aimed at power and flexibility for the geostationary telecommunications market. “Inspire” stands for “instant space in-orbit reconfiguration,” CEO Jean-Loic Galle says, speaking on the sidelines of Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week. The move is part of a trend toward software-defined satellites that also includes Airbus’s Onesat and Boeing’s 702X ...

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