Alphabus – a new European platform
The agreement signed by the two agencies establishes the arrangements for cooperation between ESA and CNES in relation to the development and qualification of a generic line of large platforms, the provision of a flight model and its validation in orbit.
These technology advances will impact our daily lives through:
- a new generation of mobile broadband services
- digital radio and high-definition TV broadcasting
Europe gears up for the very-high-power satellite market
The new CNES/ESA cooperation agreement specifies that:
- CNES will manage development of the Alphabus line
- ESA will co-fund development of selected European equipment, making it the first client for Alphabus with the provision of a first flight model in 2009.