Astrium is also building the DirecTV 15 satellite and the Intelsat IS-32 satellite.
News from the 64th International Astronautical Congress | Astrium Contract Boosts Kazakhstan’s Satellite Efforts
The Kazakh government is on track to leverage its contract with Astrium of Europe into an ability to build and operate optical Earth observation satellites.
The contract also includes the launch of the satellite aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket as part of a longstanding launch reservation Astrium had with SpaceX.
Telesat's Telstar 12 replacement satellite will be built not by SSL, but by Astrium Satellites.
The German parliament is scheduled to meet the week of June 24 to approve a billion-dollar second-generation radar reconnaissance satellite system, with spacecraft to be provided by both of Germany’s satellite prime contractors and launches by SpaceX.
Astrium is investing 7 million euros to expand space propulsion production facilities in Lampoldshausen, Germany.