ESA’s Tomorrow Bird Launcher

Telecommunications spacecraft are set to get bigger to service highdefinition television and fixed and mobile internet services, includingfor airborne users.

According to the European Space Agency’s Tomorrow’s Bird study- bird being a term used for spacecraft – by the end of this decadetelecoms satellites could have masses of 10,000kg (22,000lb), asoperators seek to mitigate against high launch costs by buildingspacecraft able to handle growing demand for services (see table below). Buttoday the heaviest spacecraft making the journey to GEO are up to7,000kg. To reach GEO the spacecraft are injected into a lower”geostationary transfer orbit,” or GTO, and then propel themselves totheir higher destination. Read more…

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