Inmarsat shifts satellite from SpaceX to Arianespace

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December 8, 2016
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"Facing looming regulatory deadlines, Inmarsat announced Dec. 8 it was moving the long-delayed launch of a satellite to provide aeronautical broadband services from SpaceX to Arianespace. In a statement, the London-based satellite operator said the launch of an S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN) would now take place on an Ariane 5 in mid-2017. The satellite, which also includes a Ku-band payload for Hellas-Sat in a so-called 'condo-sat' arrangement, was planned to launch on a Falcon Heavy. ... European regulators originally had a deadline of this month for launching the satellite. However, the Falcon Heavy has yet to perform a launch, and delays in its development, exacerbated by the stand-down in Falcon 9 launches after a Sept. 1 pad explosion of a Falcon 9 during preparations for a pre-launch test, made it uncertain when the Falcon Heavy would be ready for the EAN satellite." (12/08/16)  

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