Report: Europe Plans 'Recycled' Satellite Radio
January 26, 2007 at 1:28 PM (PT)
The EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) has developed a prototype of an advanced in-car multimedia system that would use recycled television satellites and offer high-quality radio, video and data, the BBC reports. If commercialized, the system would offer the first in-car satellite radio service available to Europeans.
In addition, ESA researchers propose that the system could piggy-back on a network of satellites already used to broadcast satellite TV signals, cutting down on costs. "As these satellites have done their duty for so many years and generated revenues, this extra life is a bonus and you can get them quite cheap," said ESA communications engineer ROLV MIDTHASSEL.
The prototype was demonstrated at the NOORDWJK SPACE EXPO in the NETHERLANDS.