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Boeing Unveils Small GEO Product, Whereby Small They Mean Medium

Caleb Henry, for SpaceNews:

Boeing’s small GEO satellites will weigh roughly 1,900 kilograms unfueled, relying on reprogrammable, software-defined payloads that are considerably smaller than earlier technologies, Eric Jensen, Boeing’s vice president of global commercial satellite sales, said in an interview.

Jensen said Boeing designed its small GEO product as a solution for operators reluctant to invest in traditional, multi-ton comsats in the midst of changing market conditions and the introduction of megaconstellations.

The small GEO trend that has been talked about of late typically refers to satellites a few hundred kilograms in mass. Nearly two tons unfueled probably doesn’t fit the trend in the same way, but at least Boeing is trying.