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)

These year's theme Communications Satellite Systems: A Look Back at the First 50 Years and Thoughts on the Next 50. ESA is a co-sponsor of this event. Registration now open

Additive Manufacturing for RF/Microwave Hardware
Industry Days: 22-23 November 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

During this multi-disciplinary two-day event at ESTEC, participants will have the opportunity to explore the use of additive manufacturing techniques for RF/microwave hardware and possible solutions. The call for abstracts and pre-registration are now open.

Workshop on Microwave Technology and Techniques
3-5 April 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

The next edition of the Workshop on Microwave Technology and Techniques (MTT) has been announced. The call for abstracts is now open.



ARTES enables mass production of coaxial circulators and isolators in Germany

15 July 2016 – German space tech company TESAT has developed robust, automised processes for the mass production of coaxial interface circulators and isolators for satellites. Some 10,000 units have now been produced this way, making the new product line an unparalleled success.

New heat dissipater keeps satellites cool in space

13 July 2016 – With support from ESA, a European consortium led by Airbus DS has developed a novel Deployable Panel Radiator that will provide much-needed additional radiating capacity for highly dissipative payloads, such as those planned for the next generation of very high throughput satellites.

Makerspace for the Internet of Things - powered by satellite

28 June 2016 – ESA has launched a new Invitation to Tender with the goal of encouraging development of low data rate satellite communications concepts that would be suitable for diverse Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things applications.

Satcoms for the Internet of Things

30 May 2016 – With the support of ESA, TSAT AS (Norway) has demonstrated and tested a new satellite communications platform prototype designed for service providers who are keen to tap into the narrowband Internet of Things market.

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.


Latest Projects

Selectable Sub-Reflector Antenna
Status Date: 24 August 2016
The objective of this ARTES3-4 project is to design, manufacture and qualify an Engineering Qualification Model of a Selectable Sub-Reflector Antenna. This new Rx/Tx antenna product aims to cope with coverage flexiblity needs in Ku band. This antenna is steerable and able to generate 1 shaped or pencil beam among 4 possible. The antenna is in dual optics Gregorian configuration, it is composed of 4 shaped sub-reflectors. The desired sub-reflector is positioned in front of the feed thanks to a rotary actuator.
Status Date: 8 August 2016
Ka-METROCAL aims to demonstrate the feasibility and use of a novel automated RF path calibration system for gateway stations of broadband satellite networks operating in Ka-band spectrum. Ka-METROCAL outperforms traditional approaches by applying proven calibration concepts that rely on the use of a broadband white noise source to characterize a receiver chain gain or attenuation.
Status Date: 8 August 2016
Overview of the opportunity and the commercial strategy The opportunity exists for the development and subsequent implementation of a reliable, L-Band satellite communications antenna within the wing of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for use in missions in which the RPA operates Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) in a remote area with little, or no, reliable telecommunications infrastructure. Currently available satellite communications antennas, suitable for operating on mobile platforms, for use with the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, come in two varieties: • a mechanically steered helical antenna is typically found in a satcom terminal that is mounted on a moving ground vehicle. The drawback of this antenna is the lack of reliability of the mechanically steered antenna for regular use in an RPA operating BLOS. • A blade (shark fin) type omnidirectional antenna, is as in the Cobham SB-200 terminal shown in the above photograph. We have tested this satcoms terminal on our Inview RPA. The drawback of this satcoms terminal is (1) the price and (2) the omnidirectional antenna spraying the other antennas on the RPA with electromagnetic signals, creating interference. The commercial opportunities for the use of a reliable RPA in civilian BLOS applications are: • oil, gas and mineral exploration activities, requiring geophysical surveys in remote locations. • Oil pipeline and related infrastructure monitoring. • Land and maritime border patrol. • Small cargo transportation from hub to hub. • Radio relay node to interface satcoms capability with inexpensive radio transceivers (such as the PMR 446 transceiver) used by ground personnel. The commercial strategy to exploit this work is as follows: • BML will provide the L-Band ESTARR antenna as an OEM unit for other RPA developers to incorporate within their RPA. • BML will provide a vertically integrated (data gathering to and including data analytics), managed service, in which the Inview RPA fitted with a reliable ESTARR antenna is used in civilian BLOS applications. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR antenna to relay data between the RPA and the Remote Pilot Station when the RPA is within Radio Line of Sight. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR electronically steerable antenna technology as a basis for the future development of a satcom antenna operating from 5.030 GHz to 5.091 GHz.
Status Date: 8 August 2016
The ViaDrone activity develops and demonstrates a RPAS communication interface to fly remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in non-segregated airspace complying with current air traffic management (ATM) requirements. By developing air and ground communication systems to allow RPA missions in non-segregated airspace commercial applications for drones are enabled. The activity includes the development of a communication management and a remote pilot system using SatCom, radio and GNSS.
Frequency Hopped Spread Spectrum waveform implementation.
Status Date: 8 August 2016
The development and implementation of a secure, interference resilient satcom waveform for commercial and government markets.

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.25
Open date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Closing date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1AA.01
Open date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Closing date: Friday, December 30, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.80
Open date: Thursday, June 9, 2016
Closing date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.73
Open date: Monday, June 27, 2016
Closing date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.60