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Huge satellite shipping container arrives in Cannes

A protective container specially designed for the new family of telecommunications satellites developed under ESA’s Spacebus Neo Partnership Project has arrived in Cannes.  

TESAT’s high-flying, high-performance X-band modulator: a data-relay and...

The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimate that by 2020 there will be around 40 trillion gigabytes of data in existence. To cope with this increasing volume, data rates for satellite transmission to the ground need to be...

Satellite-enabled air traffic control system takes to the skies

Air travel is set to become safer, swifter and more environmentally friendly thanks to the introduction of space-based technologies.  

Chameleon satellite withstands extreme temperatures

The Quantum satellite – Europe’s reprogrammable telecommunications satellite – built through an ESA Partnership Project with its operator Eutelsat successfully completed thermal vacuum testing on 28 September. 

  • Fuel cells for extra large telecommunication satellite

    The demand for high capacity satellites (broadcasting MSS, broadband) calls for higher capacity spacecraft. This translates into more power demanding payloads, with total DC power anticipated to exceed 30 kW during the coming decade. Regenerative fuel cell systems (RFCS) have been identified several years ago as a possible alternative to rechargeable batteries as a secondary source of power.

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