Date: Wed, Jul 24, 2013 | 18:00 - 18:30 GMT | 20:00 - 20:30 CEST
Type: ESA TV Exchange
Alphasat, the largest European-built telecommunication satellite, is planned for launch this 25 July 2013 at 19h53 GMT on top of an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The size of a double decker with a span of 40 metres with its solar arrays deployed, Alphasat will have a mass at launch of 6.6 tonnes.
Alphasat is based on a Public Private Partnership between the European Space Agency and Inmarsat, the global communication operator. It is the biggest public–private space project ever made in Europe.
Alphasat is the first use of the new high-power Alphabus platform for communication satellites market segment beyond 6 tons for increased satellite services: direct-to-home TV and digital audio broadcasting, broadband access and mobile services.
Alphabus has been developed by a consortium between Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, under contract with ESA and CNES, leading to a European-wide industrial consortium.
Alphasat, the first satellite based on Alphabus, will expand Inmarsat’s global mobile telecommunication network. It embarks advanced technology with a new generation digital signal processor to deliver high-power services and also hosts four technology demonstration payloads, developed through ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme.
This feed provides latest images from Kourou with campaign preparation of Alphasat and Ariane 5 and their roll out to launch pad with interviews of Alphasat key management at ESA and Inmarsat.
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More information at : http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Telecommunications_Integrated_Applications/Alphasat
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