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Invotec develop PCBs for Alphasat

Invotec Group took a keen interest in the launch of Inmarsat’s latest satellite - Alphasat - from French Guiana on 25 July.
The most sophisticated commercial communications satellite ever launched; Alphasat features an advanced Digital Integrated Processor system built by Astrium in the UK and incorporating PCBs manufactured by Invotec Group.

Allied to the platform's smart 11m by 13m antenna system, the processor system can channel significant bandwidth and power, enabling a wide range of high data, mobile user applications for aeronautical, land and maritime markets.

For Invotec Group, this launch represents the successful culmination of a 4 year development phase with Astrium. There are 8 integrated processors within the satellite. The highly complex suite of PCBs are all advanced material, backplane sized, high layer count, multiple bonded, mixed finish, flex rigid HDI structures.

Chris Haley, Operations Manager at Invotec Group’s Tamworth facility, commented:

“We are delighted to be able to play our part in this launch. We have developed a strong working partnership with Astrium over the past eight years and we’re involved in a number of programs which involve working with Astrium sites across Europe. The launch of Alphasat represents a key milestone in our relationship and we’re looking forward to developing it further in the future.”

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