Alcatel Alenia Space will develop and supply the radio frequency subsystem for PRISMA satellites
Paris, October 26, 2006 - Alcatel Alenia Space today announced that it will develop and supply the S-Band Formation Flying Radio Frequency (FFRF) sensor for the PRISMA mission. PRISMA primary goal is to perform guidance, navigation and control demonstrations as well as in-flight validation of sensor technologies for future missions in which rendezvous and formation flying are a prerequisite, such as Darwin.
PRISMA consists in two spacecrafts, one highly manoeuvrable (Main) and another one (Target) passive, that should be launched in 2009. Both satellites will fly together in the same orbit, the Main satellite moving towards and away from the smaller and lighter Target, which will follow its initial trajectory.
Alcatel Alenia Space’s French and Spanish entities will design, develop, manufacture, test and supply the FFRF sensor, under the frame of the bilateral Earth science missions agreement signed between CNES (the French space agency) and CDTI (the Spanish space agency).
The FFRF sensor, which will comprise 2 FFRF terminals, 2 sets of antennas and 2 associated test benches, will provide real-time relative positioning and inter-vehicle communication services with a dynamic range between 3m to 30km and a positioning accuracy of 1cm. It will be used for ESA’s and CNES’ next generation formation flying missions.
PRISMA (Prototype Research Instruments and Space Mission technology Advancement) is an eight months flight mission funded by the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) - with Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) as prime contractor - developed in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Danish Technical University (DTU) and the French Space Agency (CNES).
About Alcatel Alenia Space
Alcatel Alenia Space is the European leader in satellite systems and at the forefront of orbital infrastructures. Created in July 2005, the company brings together the vast experience and know-how of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio to form a new leading force in European space technology. Alcatel Alenia Space represents a worldwide standard for space development that impacts everybody’s future: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defense to science and observation. Alcatel Alenia Space is an affiliate of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) (67%) and Finmeccanica (Milan:SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) (33%).
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com
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