SmallGEO is a general-purpose small geostationary satellite platform that is giving European industry the opportunity to play a significant role in the commercial telecom market.
The platform is developed through a public–private partnership. ESA is focusing its support on research and development activities through ARTES 11 while industrial partners finance a substantial part of the development costs.
SmallGEO is being developed by an industrial team managed by OHB System AG. The consortium includes OHB subsidiary LuxSpace, Swedish Space Corporation, Carlo Gavazzi Space (IT) and Oerlikon (CH). This core team will also commercialise the platform.
SmallGEO's first use is for Hispasat’s Advanced Generation 1 (AG1) satellite, scheduled for launch in 2014.
Hispasat AG1 will provide Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and the Americas with faster multimedia services through its reconfigurable Redsat payload, which offers better signal quality and flexible land coverage. Together with a traditional commercial payload using advanced Ka- and Ku-band transmitters, Redsat allows higher transmission speeds.
Hispasat will integrate Hispasat AG1 into its existing fleet of geostationary communications satellites. OHB will be responsible for integrating the satellite, performing the testing in orbit and putting the satellite into early operations.
SmallGEO extension contract
Added features in the extension contract will optimise the SmallGEO platform for a number of different commercial satellite services beyond the Hispasat AG1 mission. By expanding SmallGEO’s capabilities, the costs of the entire platform as well as production and process costs will be reduced.
Last update: 9 December 2012