Inmarsat to launch EAN satellite with Arianespace

Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat has signed a contract to launch its S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (on an Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle.

The EAN payload is part of a ‘condosat’ constructed by Thales Alenia Space, which incorporates a second payload for Hellas-Sat. The condosat is scheduled to be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana in mid-2017. The condosat was originally scheduled for launch with SpaceX. However, following the delay in SpaceX’s launch schedule, Inmarsat and Hellas-Sat took the decision to move the condosat to an Arianespace launch.

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