Arianespace has signed a launch service agreement with AirTV to fly its first S-band broadband communications satellite aboard an Ariane 5 in 2007, which will provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity for airlines worldwide. AirTV will provide more than 60 channels of live TV and 40Mbps of internet, email and data services to aircraft. The first of a planned series of four, the Alcatel Space-built, Spacebus 4000B3-based craft will be located in geosynchronous orbit over the north Atlantic.


Source: Flight International