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

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

Satellite Terminals Workshop
3 June 2015, London, UK

ESA is participating in this event in cooperation with the UK Space Agency, Satellite Applications Catapult and The Knowledge Transfer Network. Registration is now open.

Shining a light on Optical Communications
9-10 June 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Optical space technologies have matured and are now ready to be applied in commercial satellite communication systems. ESA is hosting a workshop to explore the use of this break-through technology in space. Registration is now open.
Short course satellite communications
8-10 July 2015, 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.

21st Ka and Broadband Communications Conference
12-14 October 2015, Bologna, Italy

This year's conference, of which ESA is a sponsor, will focus on the latest in satellite communications: broadcast, point to point, mobile, internet, data relay, inter-planetary, optical downloading, dual-use systems, and more. Call for papers now open.



The twin faces of Janus Aero and Janus Maritime

20 May 2015 – Teleinformatica e Sistemi (TeS) has announced the first commercial orders for Janus, the new mobile satellite antenna technology for mobile applications that it developed with the support of ARTES.

EDA and ESA launch DeSIRE II demonstration project

15 May 2015 – The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) announce a new project to support the development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) flying in non-segregated airspace.

W-band: the next frontier for satcoms

22 April 2015 – The first ESA W-band workshop highlighted both the potential and the challenges for deploying W-band for satellite communications and the role ESA is playing in supporting the European space industry in this development.

Inmarsat transfers BGAN services to Alphasat

27 March 2015 – UK satcoms operator Inmarsat has transferred its Broadband Global Area Network services to Alphasat, the advanced telecommunications satellite developed in a partnership between Inmarsat and ESA. Inmarsat will be using Alphasat to provide BGAN-based safety services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Atlas delivers

16 March 2015 – Three key components of Eutelsat' s forthcoming EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite will be embarking on their first mission into space thanks to Atlas, a recent extension of ARTES 3-4 in which ESA provides assistance in obtaining first flight opportunities for new products.


Latest Projects

High Efficiency Video Encoding for 4K Satellite Distribution
18 May 2015
The project aims to develop the key technologies for UHD satellite broadcasting systems and services. The targeted developments include UHD capable HEVC encoder and decoder for satellite broadcast delivery capable also for contribution and digital cinema event streaming, at down to 50% of H264 rates. The project covers also the development of new transport interface for HEVC VoD.
PBC Cooling
13 May 2015
The “PCB cooling” project aimed at demonstrating the use of Loop Heat Pipe Technology for electronic card cooling. A multi-stage approach has been implemented to be able to cool a primary dissipative zone as well as additional zones on the PCB. It demonstrated the interest of such approach on a breadboard.
12 May 2015
The product developed in the frame of this activity is a Ku-band phased array antenna for the Land-mobile segment. The antenna combines a small form factor, low-profile lightweight and reliable performance thanks to the electronic elevation scanning.
Beamsat Sat3Play B2X
12 May 2015
The scope of the Beamsat Sat3Play B2X project is to perform the detailed design and the development of the next release of the second generation Sat3Play system. The existing Sat3Play system is an affordable 2 Way Satellite Broadband System that has been designed for IP based service providers, wanting to offer voice, data and television services in areas where no terrestrial broadband connection is available and at a competitive price. In the new release, features and improvements are developed to strengthen the product for B2C services. This targets full support of Ka satellites with the new Ka ODU, increased throughput and efficiency of system and terminals and support of IPv6. In addition, new features are developed to target the B2B market. These include VRF support on the system, the new mid-range MDM3x00 IPmodem hardware and the terminal portfolio for MDM3x00.
EuroSMG Phase 2
12 May 2015
The EuroSMG is an innovative integrated stepper motor gearbox, designed for use in mechanisms for the GEO Telecom satellite market. The project consists of the design, manufacture and validation of a European ITAR free solution, designed to meet ECSS requirements.

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.68
Open date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Closing date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.89
Open date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Closing date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.58
Open date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.06
Open date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.12