For the world’s leading satellite manufacturers, 2017 has been a rather disappointing year so far. Just four contracts have been signed this year for large geostationary communications satellites — the traditional bread-and-butter of the commercial satellite industry and a big drop from the 10-15 orders the likes of Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK, Space Systems Loral and Thales Alenia Space expected to be fighting for this year.
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People World Satellite Business Week 2017
Spiwak, who took over Boeing’s satellite division in mid-2014, is going out on a high note. On Monday, satellite fleet operator announced that it had selected Boeing over incumbent Thales Alenia Space to build seven satellites for a new constellation called O3b mPower.