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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.

ARTES Final Presentation Days for Platform and Ground Segment
5 - 6 November 2015, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

This event will complement the ARTES 1 Presentations done on 14 - 15 January 2015 and Payload Technologies and Products days held at ESTEC on 3 - 5 February 2015.

Register Now: ARTES Telecom Days - Meet the ARTES team face to face
12 -13 November 2015, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

The ESA Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications is providing the satellite communications industry with a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with Telecommunications Department executives at its European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

 

News

Satcoms support for modular smartphones

26 August 2015 – ESA is making funding available to help promising European SMEs build satcom components for modular smartphones.

Seraphim Space venture capital to nurture ESA space applications

11 August 2015 – ESA to give the most promising European space applications, services and technologies the chance to access a substantial new source of venture capital finance. 

Sentinel-1A—Alphasat laser link delivers excellent stability and robustness

5 August 2015 – Having recently completed 100 communication sessions, the optical inter-satellite link between Sentinel-1A  and Alphasat is delivering excellent stability and robustness under various conditions, and represents a global first.

ESA announces dedicated support for the development of megaconstellations

31 July 2015 – A new ARTES 3-4 Call for Proposals will be announced in the coming weeks dedicated to supporting the development of megaconstallations, which are poised to offer major breakthroughs in low-cost broadband capacity and other satcoms services.

First ESA satcom course a success

30 July 2015 – The ESA satcoms course at Oxford, which took place on from 8 to 10 July, attracted many different kinds of professionals working in the satcom sector. Speakers included both ESA and industry market leaders, who contributed their expertise and led practical sessions.

 

Latest Projects

SUGA
19 August 2015
A special antenna for GEO Telecom satellites is developed. The antenna enables tracking of the GNSS satellites from different constellations around the Earth and providing position information to complement inputs from the star trackers to obtain orbit determination.
Compact C band feed assembly for single and multi beam missions
04 August 2015
The replacement of existing C-band payloads providing a contoured beam could benefit from multi-beam antenna technology to enhance the capacity of the payload. Starting from two real Multibeam Mission scenarios and associated antenna sub-systems, relevant Single–Feed-per-Beam and Multi-Feed-per-Beam configurations have been defined. From those antennas, the feed design requirements have been derived. Based on RF performance and accommodation aspects, MFB configuration has been choosen as only two reflector antenna are required to produce the full coverage. The model manufactured is a subset of a MFB feed system
Ka-Band TC OMUX
23 July 2015
Thales Alenia Space France is looking for solutions to improve its competitiveness in terms of Ka-band equipment, payloads and satellites. As far as Ka-band output filtering is concerned, use of Temperature Compensated OMUX is foreseen. This new technology leads to an improvement of the input power limitation, footprint, useful bandwidth and electrical in band performances The five channels Ka band TC OMUX qualification allows to increase the competitiveness of Thales Alenia Space products by fulfilling identified customer requirements. Those new needs are mainly concerning HDTV application with very high power OMUX (340W / channel).
RADE
23 July 2015
The Reconfigurable Architecture Demonstration Equipment (RADE) program was an ARTES 5.2 program under which an in-orbit reconfigurable platform, making use of the software defined radio technology, capable of operating a sophisticated RF sampling and message decoding application used for the Satellite Automatic Identification of System for ships (S-AIS) was developed.
PACS
23 July 2015
The project aims at developing a testbed in software defined radio to prove the feasibility of and measure the performance achievable in practice by the most promising among a set of advanced multiple access schemes for satellite communications
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Closing date: Monday, October 12, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.09
Open date: Monday, August 24, 2015
Closing date: Monday, November 2, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.37
Open date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Closing date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.35
Open date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Closing date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.51
Open date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Closing date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.39
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