The 1,000m² EADS stand, located in Hall 4 G12, is showcasing products from all four EADS Divisions – Airbus/Airbus Military, Astrium, Defence & Security and Eurocopter. The Astrium display includes models of Paradigm’s Skynet 5 military communications satellite, Infoterra’s TerraSAR-X radar imaging satellite, Secure Satcom System’s Air Patrol terminal, Galileo, and the crowd-pulling Mars rover Bruno.
In the Space Zone (Hall 3), kitted out with a large touch screen showing the Astrium ‘All the space you need’ corporate video, visitors need to pass the company’s stand to get to the arena at the back where speeches are being given – ESA took centre stage today to talk about its technology transfer programme.
In this area Astrium is exhibiting the Alphasat I-XL GEO communications satellite, the SWARM atmospheric research satellite, the Mobile Patrol satcom terminal and presentations from Infoterra on geo-information services to help combat climate change.
One of the highlights on the Astrium Space Zone stand is Avanti’s live demonstrations of how its ‘Web from Space’ initiative works. The initiative is being launched to demonstrate how satellites are the best option for people in rural areas who currently cannot get broadband access via cable networks. The live demo has already been presented to interested and influential showgoers such as John Higgins CBE, Chair of Intellect, the UK’s technology trade association. Mr Higgins was accompanied by UKspace Chair Richard Peckham who is also Astrium’s UK Strategy and Business Development Director.
Hot on the heels of Astrium Services’ agreement to develop space-based router technology with CISCO last week, one of Astrium’s key messages this week is the ease and cost-effectiveness of gaining broadband connectivity via satellite. It is already being utilised by more than 2,500 customers in Scotland and over 500 in Northern Ireland. Not only that, the infrastructure is available throughout Europe – stretching as far as Albania. And anyone surfing the web from space at Farnborough today got their own red sticker to prove it!
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