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ARTES Final Presentation Days for Platform and Ground Segment
Event: 5-6 November 2015

This event will complement the ARTES 1 Presentations done on 14-15 January 2015 and Payload Technologies and Products days held at ESTEC on 03-05 February 2015.

EDRS services for Copernicus

25 February 2015 – ESA and the European Commission announce that the European Data Relay System (EDRS) will provide services to the EU Copernicus programme, which is to serve as its anchor customer.

SmallGEO AG1 undergoes environmental testing

20 February 2015 – The Hispasat AG1 communications satellite completes the integration phase in the OHB System's cleanroom in Bremen (DE) and is now undergoing environmental impact testing.

5th User/Stakeholder Workshop on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Event: 21 May 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

ESA, EDA, EUROCONTROL and EASA are pleased to announce that the 5th User/Stakeholder Workshop on Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Testing Sentinel-2A for the European Data Relay System

11 February 2015 – As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite’s laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data to the geostationary EDRS satellite.

 

Latest Projects

On-board Optical Beamforming Networks
05 March 2015
The study investigated various Optical Beamforming Networks (OBFN) and associated optical techniques and technologies to satisfy the mission scenarios and requirements developed during the initial part of the study. Two options were identified as the promising option to investigate further and detailed design of these two options were investigated.
ETSACO
26 February 2015
2operate, Tele Greenland, and Thales Alenia Space are executing this project to identify opportunities for reusing technology, standards, and concepts from terrestrial (non-satellite) telecommunications in the SATCOM industry. The purpose is to speed-up the development of competitive SATCOM offerings. Generally, terrestrial (cellular) telecommunications is better able to provide high capacity and low latency to subscribers in densely populated (urban) areas than SATCOM. SATCOM on the other hand has certain advantages over terrestrial telecommunications related to coverage and broadcasting. Also, certain use cases of M2M may be served better via satellite. The commercial volume of the SATCOM industry, however, is still much smaller, and the amount of brainpower spent in developing technology is significantly lower. Therefore, systematic scouting for opportunities to reuse/adopt technology and standards is required.
GNSS in LEOP
26 February 2015
The objective of the study is to evaluate the performances of on-board GNSS receivers in GTO and HEO trajectories. These types of orbits/trajectories will be encountered during orbit raising of future all-EP telecommunication satellites. The trajectories, often optimized for minimum flight time, present specific challenges to the use of on-board GNSS. These include a large variation in visibility patterns and RF power levels, a high dynamic range of GNSS signals and varying spacecraft attitude resulting in masking effects affecting antenna gain.
Q-band LNA
24 February 2015
LNAFIN Oy implements a Q-band LNA according to ESA specifications. The unit is waveguide packaged, and its specifications include NF=2.5 dB, gain >30 dB and better than -18 dB wideband matching.
CAN bus for payload and platform management
09 February 2015
A robust, efficient and flexible communication data bus compatible with a next generation of more versatile and powerful Telecom payloads.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Closing date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Reference Number: 13.1TT.04
Open date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Closing date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.12
Open date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.88
Open date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Closing date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.01
Open date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Closing date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.24
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