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TIA: Past, Present, and Future
Interview with Magali Vaissiere, director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications

To mark the celebration of 50 years of European cooperation in space, we ask Magali Vaissiere, director of TIA, to highlight some of the noteworthy accomplishments of the Directorate over the years.

The launch of MARECS 2B
Today in ESA satcoms history

10 November 2014 – On this day, 30 years ago, one of Europe’s first telecommunications satellites, MARECS B2, was launched. The MARECS maritime communications satellites were the first European satellites of their kind.

First EDRS node on track for launch
News: an important milestone for ARTES 7 EDRS

The first component of Europe’s space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch and space conditions it will soon have to endure.

First commercial airline for Alphasat air safety service
News: satellite-based air traffic management is now a step closer

Hawaiian Airlines (USA) has announced it will be the first commercial airline installing Inmarsat’s (UK) SwiftBroadband-Safety, a new air safety service for trans-oceanic flights that has been designed and developed through the Alphasat Private Public Partnership between Inmarsat and ESA.

ARTES 1 Final Presentation Days

The ARTES 1 Final Presentation Days for 2015 will take place at ESA/ESTEC - Noordwijk, The Netherlands on the 14th and 15th of January 2015

 

Latest Projects

Cuva.me
21 November 2014
The focus of Cuva.me is on the development of compact dual band UHF-VHF antennas for use in maritime emergency situations. There are three main segments in this project: study/preliminary design, modelling and fabrication/test/ validation. The main challenge lies in managing the trade-off between compactness and electrical performance in hostile environments.
PAASAR
21 November 2014
The aim of the project is to develop and test a Phased Array Antenna Full Facet Prototype allowing the simultaneous reception of at least 4 Search And Rescue (SAR) signals relayed by the satellites in view.
High Accuracy Antenna Pointing System
21 November 2014
The study aims to identify the architecture and critical technologies required to fulfill the future demand in High Accuracy Antenna Pointing Systems to cope with highly demanding multimedia missions using very small beamwidth (up to 0.2 degrees).
ANTARES
19 November 2014
ANTARES (AeroNauTicAl REsources Satellite based) is the phase B study designing a new Satellite Communication System for Air Traffic Management, within the Iris programme. It is a two-year study that focuses on the development of a new, purpose-built, satellite-based communication system including low-cost user terminals and a new satellite communication standard.
ESA2QV
19 November 2014
Although the commercial satellite communication and broadcasting services have only recently expanded to the Ka-band, future applications, such as 3DTV, live video and video conferencing, require higher and higher data rates and therefore more bandwidth. The need for bandwidth can be satisfied by preparing the next generation satellites with the Q/V-band capability.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Closing date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.58
Open date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Closing date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.58
Open date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Closing date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.85
Open date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Closing date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.80
Open date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Closing date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.58
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