[SatNews] Partners are being invited to apply for funding to develop applications that will drive traffic across the I-4 and Alphasat I-XL satellites. A half-day workshop is going to be held by ESA and Inmarsat on February 23, 2011, starting at 09:30 UTC. The event, at Inmarsat's headquarters in London, will include a question and answer session. Participants will be able to request one-to-one meetings with ESA and Inmarsat. The workshop will also be available on WebEx for anyone unable to attend in person. It will be replayed later in the day for partners in different time zones.
ESA and Inmarsat are launching the Alphasat Applications Development Initiative to promote the development of innovative applications based on Inmarsat's BGAN and GSPS services. It provides Inmarsat and its partners with a great opportunity to focus on new and under-utilised markets in these regions - with ESA financial and strategic support. Funding will only be available to partners based in countries that are ESA member states participating in the Artes 8 Alphasat Ground and User Segment program. Currently these countries are Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and the UK. However, the workshop is open to companies in any country. We are happy to help companies in their search for possible partners they can team up with. Eligible companies can apply for Alphasat Applications Development Initiative funding when ESA issues an open call for proposals in March. Inmarsat will be offering additional resources, such as free airtime and access to its testing facilities, to companies that secure funding under this initiative.