Boeing has made a strategic alliance with Japan's Mitsubishi Electric (Melco) to advance space communications. The two companies, together with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), have also formed an alliance to explore opportunities in areas of commercial space, including International Space Station (ISS) re-supply, commercial science and fabrication in space.

The Boeing/Melco alliance "will help create the future of space and communications", says Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Space and Communications.

The alliance covers space-based communications, air traffic management, multimedia, navigation, space and communications services, launch services and space infrastructure markets and specifically includes Melco's block buy of one firm and five options for launches of the Delta IV.

Source: Flight Daily News