The French-Italian dual broadband telecommunications satellite Athena-Fidus, will be launched shortly by
The Athena-Fidus program (Access on Theatres for European allied forces Nations-French Italian Dual Use Satellite) includes a geostationary satellite with EHF and Ka-band transponders and the ground control segment, located at a French military base. The satellite deploys the latest civil telecom standards, DVB-RCS and DVB-S2, to ensure optimum transmission capacity and service availability. It will provide data transmission services to the French and Italian defense ministries, as well as to these countries' security organizations (civil security, homeland security, police, firefighters, etc.). Built on a Spacebus 4000 platform, the satellite will weigh over 3,000 kg at launch and offers a design life exceeding 15 years.
"The launch of Athena-Fidus, followed at the end of the year by Sicral 2, is the culmination of the first concrete collaboration in
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