EDRS-C is the second satellite to use the SmallGEO platform.
It is the second node to the European Data Relay System, a unique public–private partnership between ESA and Airbus.
The system – dubbed the SpaceDataHighway by industry – provides data relay between low orbiting satellites and the EDRS nodes over optical links, with the information sent down to Europe in near-real time.
EDRS-C is the first dedicated EDRS satellite, and will double the system's capacity in orbit.
|Launch site||Kourou, French Guiana|
|Launch date||Summer 2019|
|Orbital position||Geostationary orbit, 31°E|
|Payload (intersatellite link capacity)||
|Payload (to ground)||
|Size||3.1 x 2.3 x 4 m|
|Satellite mass||3200 kg at lift off|