August 26, 2008
ILS Signs Agreement With Inmarsat to Launch S-Band Satellite
International Launch Services, a company engaged in commercial sales and mission management of satellite, has signed a contract with Inmarsat, a provider of mobile satellite communications, for the launch of an S-band satellite to provide mobile broadcast and two-way telecommunications services throughout Europe.
According to International Launch Services (ILS), Thales Alenia Space of France is developing Inmarsat's S-band satellite, known as EuropaSat, using its Spacebus 4000C3 platform. The spacecraft will provide mobile broadcast and two-way telecommunications services throughout Europe. The spacecraft will have a mass of about 5700 kg, which is well-suited for Proton's heavy-lift capability. It is planned for launch in early 2011.Andy Sukawaty, CEO of Inmarsat, said: "Following the successful launch of Inmarsat-4 F3, we are very grateful for ILS's support for our application for an award of S-band spectrum. With Thales Alenia Space and ILS, we are confident of submitting a compliant and highly credible application to the European Commission and positioning ourselves as a leading applicant for a substantial S-band spectrum award."