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Astro to deliver L-band mesh reflectors

31st March 2017 - 02:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Defence and Space has selected Northrop Grumman company Astro Aerospace to provide L-band mesh reflectors for two Inmarsat 6 satellites, the company announced on 30 March.

The nine-metre unfurlable mesh antenna reflectors support the Inmarsat 6 satellites' ability to provide mobile connections to ships, planes, oil and gas platforms, and the broadcasting industry.

The sixth-generation Inmarsat satellites feature a dual-payload with each supporting both L-band and Ka-band services. Astro Aerospace's AstroMesh technology will support the satellites' L-band capacity, which is significantly greater than previous satellites.

This award continues Astro Aerospace's partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, which began on Inmarsat 4 and Alphasat.

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