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SMART-1

A lunar probe launched on top of an Ariane-5 rocket by the European Space Agency (ESA) Sept. 2003 from Kourou, French Guiana. It was ESA's first Moon probe and the first craft to be sent into space as part of ESA's SMART program – SMART is short for Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology. SMART-1 was placed in a transfer orbit from the Earth to the Moon before proceeding to an elliptical lunar orbit taking it over the Moon's poles. Driven by a very slow but inexpensive solar-powered electric ion propulsion drive, it took 14 months to reach lunar orbit. In addition to testing the ion drive, the 367-kg SMART-1 was due to attempt to set up a laser-beam communications link with the Earth. It also carried miniature instruments on board to conduct detailed mapping of the whole lunar surface, including the far side. Its tiny infrared detector was to be used in the search for water in deep craters at the lunar poles, while its spectrometer was to map the chemical makeup of the lunar surface and gather chemical data in order to learn more about the Moon's origins. SMART-1's mission was scheduled to last until late 2005 or 2006.
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L), today announced the SMART-1 I2AD, (Intelligent Integrated Access Device), a highly-intelligent converged VoDSL (Voice over Digital Subscriber Line) solution for businesses with analog communication systems and Ethernet LANs.
The SMART-1 I2AD combines Mitel's market-leading call controller intelligence with the latest VoDSL technology to enhance the flexibility and resilience of services provided by competitive carriers.
With the SMART-1 I2AD, carriers can deliver and control multiple services over a single copper loop, which reduces delivery costs and results in more cost-effective bundled services for end users.
The SMART-1 I2AD continues our tradition of focusing on advanced products that make our carrier partners successful," said Harper.
The SMART-1 I2AD is installed by the service provider on a customer's premises, and connects an analog PBX, Key System, and Ethernet LAN to a VoDSL circuit.
As a result, the SMART-1 I2AD delivers a much higher level of intelligence, control and resilience for the same price as a simple pass through access device.
The SMART-1 I2AD will be available Q4 2000 from Mitel Network Access Solutions and Mitel Platinum Elite VARs.