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Linking by laser for fast data delivery
News: an important milestone for the ARTES 7 EDRS programme

28 November 2014 – Marking a first in space, Sentinel-1A and Alphasat have linked up by laser stretching almost 36,000 km across space to deliver images of Earth just moments after they were captured.

ESA announces signing of Iris Precursor contract
News: the next stage of ESA's long-running ARTES 11 Iris programme

26 November 2014 – A partnership announced today between ESA and UK satellite operator Inmarsat will help modernise European air traffic management by means of advanced satellite communications technology.

New ARTES 5.1 Schedule Adjustment CCN

The Contract Change Notice template should be used when a contract change is required that affects only the schedule of a running ARTES 5.1 activity. If further contractual changes are required (e.g. new or amended work package content, changes to deliverables) the standard CCN template defined in the contract should be used instead.

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.

 

Latest Projects

Iris Precursor
24 November 2014
Iris Precursor will develop enhancements to existing aeronautical satcom to allow its operation in dense continental airspace. The enhanced system will comply with international standards being produced at EUROCAE/RTCA and ETSI, with performance equivalent to or exceeding the next generation of terrestrial VHF datalink services. A new entity would be established as service provider and undergo EASA certification.
EASO
24 November 2014
The Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library (SPELL, http://code.google.com/p/spell-sat/), is a free, open source software package developed by SES in cooperation with GMV. The purpose of SPELL is to automate the execution of satellite procedures. SPELL works on multiple satellite platforms and can be interfaced to multiple Ground Control Systems (GCS). Thanks to this generality, SPELL increases the productivity of satellite controllers and engineers. EASO (Efficient Automation of Satellite Operations) aims to develop both the satellite procedures and the automatic procedure converter software necessary to extend the use of SPELL to SES’ satellites fleet.
One satellite geolocation system
24 November 2014
The project shall implement functionality able to localize the source of an interferer by using just one satellite.
Cuva.me
24 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.
Alternative Bi-Prop Regulator
24 November 2014
The mechanical pressure regulators that are widely used on telecommunications platforms for Helium control suffer from significant drawbacks inherent to their design. An alternative method is an electronic bang-bang regulation.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Closing date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.11
Open date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Closing date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.11
Open date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Closing date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.11
Open date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Closing date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Reference Number: 14.1TT.58
Open date: Monday, February 16, 2009
Closing date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Reference Number: 09.153.66
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