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ANALYSIS: Fast-track satcoms upgrade on ICE

A nine-month, €4.2 million ($4.6 million) feasibility study approved in July 2015 – with €2 million from ESA, €1.9 million from prime contractor Inmarsat and the other €300,000 coming from sub-contractors Space Engineering Italy, Airbus Defence & Space and RUAG Switzerland – aims to identify technologies, in space and on the ground, that could become standard hardware and software architecture for sat-com equipment and applications. Broadly, this Inmarsat Communications Evolution (ICE) project will attempt to define a smaller, lower-cost satellite-enabled radio terminal as well as modular components – off-the-shelf chips, essentially – that could cheaply and easily be incorporated into various electronic devices.

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