Northrop Unit’s Antenna Deploys from Astrium Communication Satellite; John Alvarez Comments

SatelliteAirForceGPSA Northrop Grumman business unit has provided an antenna to Astrium for a newly deployed, on-orbit spacecraft that uses reflectors with the goal of facilitating international wireless telecommunications.

AstroMesh deployed from the Alphasat satellite Saturday and works to provide broadband connections in Africa and Europe and some locations in Asia, Northrop said Tuesday.

The transmitter is intended as a 45-by-38-foot reflector that aims to transmit signals for mobile devices around the world.

“This represents the eighth consecutive successful AstroMesh on-orbit deployment” since the system was launched two years ago, said John Alvarez, an Astro Aerospace general manager.

Northrop says the AstroMesh installed to the Alphasat, which was sent to orbit on July 25, is the third reflector it has provided for an Astrium-made spacecraft since 2004.

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