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Alphasat ready for operation

Astrium has reported that the Alphasat satellite launched in late July 2013, expected to add additional capacity to Inmarsat's FleetBroadband network, has been successfully tested and moved to its operational orbital position.

Astrium acted as prime contractor for Alphasat and has been responsible for Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations. As such the company has now confirmed that the first Alphabus platform is now fully operational.

Alphasat is owned and operated by Inmarsat, which has invested $350 million into what it calls one of the most technically advanced telecommunications satellites ever constructed for civilian applications.

The construction of the satellite was a joint initiative between Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA), and was the largest Public-Private-Partnership space project in Europe.

Alphasat carries a new generation of geomobile communications payload in L-band that will be used to augment Inmarsat’s network service across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, providing new capabilities in terms of performance and resource availability for L-band services like FleetBroadband.

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