Inmarsat and Hellas-sat announced an agreement to launch a joint satellite into 39deg E orbital location. The satellite will carry two missions; first, the S-band payload, designated ‘EuropaSat’, and the second a 44 Ku-band transponders payload designated ‘Hellas-sat 3’ for Hellas-sat, a majority owned subsidiary of Arabsat.
The satellite will be manufactured by Thales Alenia Space and work will commence immediately to be launched in 2016. These agreement between Arabsat and Inmarsat will reduce significantly both parties’ cost over the three years of the project.
EuropaSat represents Inmarsat’s commitment to deploy an integrated telecommunications network to deliver aviation passenger connectivity services on EU-wide basis, the company stated. Hellas-sat 3 will replace the existing Hellas-sat2 satellite and provide more growth capacities to its customers with diversified footprints in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Khalid Balkheyour, president at Arabsat and CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Hellas-sat, said: “This agreement represents the first milestone in fulfilling our commitment to our shareholders to capture additional growth opportunities, especially after the acquisition of Hellas-sat.”
Christodoulos Protopapas, CEO of Hellas-sat commented that “Hellas Sat will continue to develop the location 39degE to be the leading DTH hotspot in Europe, Hellas-sat 3 will cater for additional capacities and services for HD and free to air channels and will guarantee additional room for our existing customer base to grow. Hellas-sat will leverage 39deg E by adding another satellite; Hellas-sat 4 with wide coverage and intensive Ku- beams over Europe,
Middle East and Africa for different types of broadcasting and telecommunication services, in addition to a multi spot Ka-beams payload for broadband and business networks. The constellation of both Hs-3 and Hs-4 will provide extensive redundancy and backup capacities to further secure DTH networks and customer base and guarantee the sustainability of the business and provide competitive advantage to its customers in Europe and other areas. Hs-4 is currently included in the 4 satellite program’s bid earlier announced by Arabsat.”