The programme has achieved the development of services aiming at improving crew’s life conditions at sea. The introduction of simultaneous voice communications over Inmarsat’s maritime service is an example. The service allows simultaneous communications from different terminals on vessels, separating personal communications from the cabins and professional communications from the bridge.
The programme supports the development of new user terminal classes within the Inmarsat service portfolio, the necessary developments in the service segment which are needed to support the new services and the enhanced performances introduced by the advanced mobile payload embarked on-board the Alphasat satellite.
The workplan for the Ground and User Segment and Applications programme contains a set of activities defined together with Inmarsat for the exploitation of the Alphasat as well as the global Inmarsat 4 satellite constellation.
New activities related to the key areas of the ARTES8-IV programme, still to be proposed or under evaluation, will now be handled under the ARTES 3-4 programme element. Any Industry interested in submitting a proposal is invited to refer to the ARTES 3-4 web pages.