Alphasat: ‘Space A380’ switches on ‘brain’
Engineers begin testing the communications payload on the Alphasat spacecraft.
Europe’s biggest ever telecommunications satellite has switched on its innovative British payload to begin a month of testing. Seven-metre-long Alphasat - dubbed the “A380 of space” - was launched at the end of July, and is gradually being commissioned prior to entering service. The latest step was to activate its digital signal processor - the unit that will handle all the telecoms traffic passing through the platform. Alphasat is owned by Inmarsat PLC. The London-based company, which provides communications links for people and organisations on the move, developed the new satellite in partnership with the European and French space agencies. Alphasat will be used by broadcasters such as the BBC, shipping operators, the oil industry, the military, and anyone else working away from traditional terrestrial communications networks. (via BBC News - Alphasat: ‘Space A380’ switches on ‘brain’)