Arabsat and Inmarsat team up to order single Hellas-Sat 3/EuropaSat spacecraft from Thales Alenia Space

by | Jun 6, 2014 | Add category, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

The pan-Arabic satellite operator Arabsat has joined forces with the UK-based satellite mobile communications operator Inmarsat, to jointly order a new  communications satellite from Thales Alenia Space.  The satellite known as Hellas-Sat 3 by Arabsat and  EuropaSat by Inmarsat will be launched into the geostationary orbital arc in late 2016.  Arabsat is to use the 5,900kg at launch satellite for conventional telecommunications services using he 44Ku and single Ka-band transponders aboard.   Meanwhile, Inmarsat plans to operate a S-band communications payload in conjunction with terrrestrial repeaters in Europe to offer data rates of 40 Gbps.  Airline internet services have been mooted as a likely market for the Inmarsat-S system with Inmarsat reportedly in the final stages of negotiations with British Airways to offer such a service.

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