Alphasat is Europe's largest telecommunications satellite, exceeding 6.6 tonnes at launch. Its solar array, spanning 40 m, generates more than 12 kW of power. The ARTES Large Platform Mission element is devoted to the development and deployment of this ground-breaking geostationary satellite.
By focusing on how to optimally create the best user experience for communicating highest quality images over bandwidth-limited communications systems, BEATLES targets key challenges in Mobile Satellite communications in general, and new Alphasat opportunities based on BGAN and GSPS in particular.
With the Alphabus product line, European Industry extends its telecommunication satellite range significantly beyond the capabilities of the existing platforms, such as Eurostar 3000 and Spacebus 4000, both with respect to maximum payload power and mass.