Inmarsat has awarded EADS Astrium a contract to build an experimental L-band communications satellite based on a new high-power satcom bus being developed by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space. The London-based mobile satcom operator inked a contract on Nov. 23 for the spacecraft, Alphasat I-XL, which will augment Inmarsat's Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and prepare technologies that will follow the existing Inmarsat 4 BGAN satellite ...

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