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Launch of Alphasat, Europe’s largest telecom satellite
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- Title Launch of Alphasat, Europe’s largest telecom satellite
- Released 25/07/2013
- Length 01:25:33
- Language English
- Footage Type Live Footage
- Copyright ESA
Watch the full replay of the Alphasat launch aboard an Ariane 5, from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana on 25 July, 2013.
Alphasat is a large telecommunications satellite primarily designed to expand Inmarsat’s existing global mobile network. It was engineered and built by Astrium through a public–private partnership between ESA and Inmarsat. Along with providing a significant increase in service for Inmarsat’s fleet, it also serves as a first flight for Alphabus, the new European telecom platform developed by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space under a joint contract with ESA and France’s CNES space agency.