Alcatel Space has signed a contract to build four satellites for the US based satellite communications provider GE American Communications. The contract value was not disclosed.
The Alcatel Space-built satellites, based on the Company’s Spacebus platform, will enable GE Americom to expand its global fleet. All four satellites will use the new-generation Spacebus, one of the largest commercial satellite platforms available on the market today. The Spacebus 4000 is well known for its plasmic propulsion, which makes the satellite lighter and longer lived, due to a lower rate of fuel consumption.
Weighing in at approximately 4 to 5 metric tons, the satellites for GE Americom will be built by Alcatel Space in the company’s clean rooms in Cannes and Toulouse (France). The two space craft will feature double redundancy of the satellite management unit to ensure mission reliability.
Alcatel Space has won over 40 contracts for commercial satellites using the Spacebus platform, with 30 spacecraft already operational in orbit.
In addition to the four satellites for GE Americom, Alcatel Space will be in charge of the LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase) operations, IOT (In-Orbit Tests), operator training with an Alcatel Space-supplied dynamic simulator.
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