Inmarsat looks ahead to space in 2030

27 October 2014: Inmarsat is supporting a prestigious exhibition looking to the future of space in 2030.

spaceforourfutureSpace for our future is being held at the European Commission (EC) in Brussels, Belgium, from 28 October until 14 November and has been created by the EC and the European Space Agency (ESA).

The exhibition aims to highlight Europe’s successes in space, the benefits being delivered to citizens and the developments expected in the near future – and will provide a venue to follow ESA’s Rosetta mission as the first-ever landing on a comet is attempted on November 12.

S-band initiative

Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s Director General, and EC President, José Manuel Barroso will officially open the exhibition, which marks 50 years of Europe in space.

Alongside industry peers, Inmarsat will be displaying space-enabled technologies, including its S-band initiative.

This is a US$0.5 billion investment to deliver the world’s fastest mobile broadband service to the skies above Europe by 2016, bringing passengers the same connectivity in the air as they receive on the ground.

Economic growth

With its rich European heritage as the leading mobile satellite communications provider in the continent, Inmarsat will be highlighting just some of its initiatives that are helping to drive the economic growth of the space sector, including its:

  • Close collaboration with the European Union on a number of policies
  • Focus on aviation safety and passenger connectivity
  • Work with the global ocean agenda to help achieve a healthy maritime environment
  • Crisis response support throughout the world, providing crucial satcoms in emergency situations.

Imagery will show Inmarsat products and services in action and highlight key milestones, such as the launch of Alphasat in 2013. The largest European telecommunications satellite ever built and one of the most technically advanced for civilian applications, Alphasat was supported by the UK Space Agency and part-funded by ESA.

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