Wednesday, January 31, 2007

New European satellite radio multimedia system

In Multimedia car radio of the future ESA and its partners are developing the multimedia car radio of the future. The prototype will be demonstrated at the Space Expo on Thursday 25 January:

The car radio of the future works in a similar manner to a satellite receiver for television channels. However, the car has no large dish antenna on the roof, but a specially designed mobile antenna, flattened so that it can be built almost invisibly into the bodywork. The antenna receives signals in the Ku frequency band used by communications satellites.

In two important areas, the new European multimedia system advances beyond existing solutions. Instead of new satellites and a network of ground-based transmitters – which might easily requites an investment of more than a billion Euro – the ESA system uses only existing communication satellites.

Does this signal a shift to increasing satellite traffic?

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