Today’s a big day for satellite tech. Telesat, a global satellite giant, partners with MDA Ltd. They’re creating 198 cutting-edge satellites. This is part of the Telesat Lightspeed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) plan.
The new Telesat Lightspeed network taps into MDA’s advanced digital antennas and a unique processor. This means better network efficiency and more adaptability. Plus, each satellite gets a sleeker design without losing service quality.
Thanks to these modern satellites, Telesat predicts savings of US$2 billion for the project. This huge cost cut boosts the Lightspeed program’s funding and its financial prospects.
Legacy Meets Future
Drawing from Telesat’s 54-year engineering history, the Lightspeed network meets high standards for business and government. With the MDA deal sealed, satellites launch in mid-2026. Polar and global services launch in late 2027.
Telesat’s leader, Dan Goldberg, praises his team’s innovation and the partnership with MDA. MDA’s CEO, Mike Greenley, echoes the enthusiasm, emphasizing their joint vision.
Telesat gets a financial boost of US$2 billion from Canadian governments. Combined with Telesat’s own funding, the Lightspeed project is set to soar. The goal? Global service starts once 156 satellites are in space.
A Vision with Impact
Telesat Lightspeed isn’t just business—it’s a vision for Canada. It’s the biggest space project in Canadian history, promising economic boosts, new jobs, and fresh innovation. It’s Canada’s answer to global digital gaps and challenges.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, backs this partnership. He highlights Canada’s goals, from bridging digital gaps to tackling climate issues.