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Short course satellite communications
6-8 July 2016, Oxford, UK

ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) is co-organising with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education a short course in satellite communications for professionals.

ASMS/SPSC 2016
5-7 September 2016, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Learn about recent advances and emerging technologies in mobile, broadband and broadcast satellite communication systems at this year's joint ASMS/SPSC conference, of which ESA is a co-sponsor.

2016 Industry Space Days
20 - 22 September 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

Industry Space Days (ISD) are organised by ESA to bring together the main European players in the space sector. The main purpose is to increase the involvement of SMEs in space activities and to foster cross-fertilisation between the different actors in the entire space sector.

The 22nd Ka and Broadband Communications Conference
17-20 October 2016, Cleveland, Ohio (USA)

ESA is a co-sponsor of this event. Deadline for submissions: 3 May.

 

News

ARTES Advanced Technology - Workplan 2016
Closing date: 26 December 2016

The Advanced Technology (formerly named ARTES Element 5 sub-element 5.1) workplan for 2016 can be found on EMITS, ITT number: AO8547. Please note: This Workplan is still subject to IPC approval and cannot be considered as final until this approval has been obtained (expected early February 2016).

TESAT pioneers 3D Printing for RF components

26 May 2015 – TESAT-Spacecom, one of Germany’s largest space technology companies, has pioneered the application of additive manufacturing techniques, also known as 3D printing, for the production of microwave components.

Flexible payloads come of age

29 April 2016 – The Third ESA Workshop on Flexible Telecom Payloads which recently took place at ESTEC confirmed the evolution towards flexible payloads in the satellite industry.

Govsatcom - ESA and Space Industry supporting a European solution

12 April 2016 – At an event held on 5 April at ESA Headquarters in Paris, more than eighty high-level representatives from the European space industry and government discussed project proposals for the ESA Govsatcom Precursor programme.

Electric propulsion gets a boost from TAS

29 March 2016 – Thales Alenia Space Belgium (TAS-B) has announced that its PPU Mk3 power supply for plasma thrusters has now been qualified. The development and qualification of the new unit was supported by the Belgian government and by ESA through the Competitiveness & Growth element of the ARTES programme.

 

Latest Projects

SatGuard
Status Date: 23 May 2016
SatGuard is a novel monitoring solution for combating and managing interference from VSAT terminals
MultiBeam-RRM
Status Date: 17 May 2016
The project focuses on the design of novel radio resource management and return link burst scheduling strategies able to satisfy QoS requirements and system availability figures according to traffic forecast for the next 10 years. Further to this, radio resource management schemes are also analysed with respect to different satellite payload architecture in order to investigate the potential benefits of more sophisticated satellite architecture in terms of performance gain over conventional systems.
SA Building Blocks
Status Date: 19 April 2016
GaAs Solar Array building block development for Telecommunication Geostationary Satellite Applications
Pleiades
Status Date: 12 April 2016
The Pleiades project is based on 2 satellite communications modem physical layer development tracks, bringing new IP connectivity solutions to the corresponding 2 market segments: A consumer oriented market on one side (addressed by Newtec’s Sat3Play™ solution, deployed in star VSAT networks). High end professional markets on the other side (addressed by Newtec’s Elevation™ products, deployed in point to point networks). The objectives of the overall Pleiades Program (Sliced contract) are: Slice 1: Development of the HRC, Static Mx-DMA technology and demonstration with various satellite operators Slice 2: Development of S2 extension as more efficient transmission technology. (resulted in the DVB-S2X standard for most ModCods) Slice 3: Full integration of dynamic HRC – Mx-DMA into the Newtec Dialog System with additional capabilities on VRF and terminal performance.
Lightweight RF Power Cable with High Phase Stability
Status Date: 12 April 2016
This activity has focused on the development of ultra-light RF cables capable to handle RF power signals for future telecom payloads. The main goals, phase stability and low mass, have been successfully achieved. The cables show excellent phase stability over a wide temperature and frequency range and it is as light as the lightest state of the art cables.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.50
Open date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.71
Open date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.37
Open date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.65
Open date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.77
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