The SmallGEO platform is being developed by a consortium lead by OHB System AG within the ESA ARTES-11 program and is to go into operation in 2013 for the first time with a communications payload to be known as “Hispasat AG1” for Spanish service provider Hispasat.
The purpose of the Extension to the development contract signed today, which is known as Sub-Element 3 (ARTES 11-3), is to prepare the SmallGEO platform for a broader target group in the market for commercial satellite services beyond the Hispasat AG1 mission. It includes measures to reduce the costs of the entire platform as well as production and process costs along with a product extension to optimize the platform for a large number of different communications services.
Upon signing the contract, Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB System AG, stated: “Sub-Element 3 marks the logical continuation of the development work on-going under a contract with ESA as part of it’s ARTES 11 programme and is an important step towards the successful commercial exploitation of our SmallGEO platform.
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