Alphabus is the industrial programme for the development of a generic line of large platforms. Alcatel Space and EADS Astrium are cooperating to develop and market Alphabus with the objective to compete successfully on the global commercial satcom market. The objective of the phase C/D programme is to establish the Alphabus product line and to procure its first flight model.
The expanding use of internet communications and the reliance on this technology by users is making security issues increasingly important. ESA's role is to ensure that new techniques can be implemented for satellite communication. Issues related to security will appear on this web page.
Cast4All, a Belgian company specialising in developing, managing and marketing digital networks for rich-content delivery has successfully demonstrated the fully reliable and automated distribution of very large files for digital cinema, based on its multicast management platform.