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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).

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.

ARTES Final Presentation Days for Platform and Ground Segment
5-6 November 2015

This event will complement the ARTES 1 Presentations done on 14-15 January 2015 and Payload Technologies and Products days held at ESTEC on 03-05 February 2015.



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.

EDRS services for Copernicus

25 February 2015 – ESA and the European Commission announce that the European Data Relay System (EDRS) will provide services to the EU Copernicus programme, which is to serve as its anchor customer.

SmallGEO AG1 undergoes environmental testing

20 February 2015 – The Hispasat AG1 communications satellite completes the integration phase in the OHB System's cleanroom in Bremen (DE) and is now undergoing environmental impact testing.

Testing Sentinel-2A for the European Data Relay System

11 February 2015 – As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite’s laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data to the geostationary EDRS satellite.


Latest Projects

Dual-Polarization Payloads for Higher Capacity Utilization
17 April 2015
An innovative Ka-band multi-beam satellite payload for Broad-Band Services is proposed which is based on a conventional multi-beam payload architecture with an additional flexible payload section feeding a Steerable Antenna system. Such enhanced payload architecture allows using the Dual-Polarization at user beam level on the hot spots in order to increase the capacity utilization on highly uneven traffic demand distribution throughout the satellite coverage.
Highly Integrated BFN using on Chip Multinode Concept
13 April 2015
This project aims to design, manufacture and test an EM of a Ku band BFN module based on a multinode on chip implementation using a European MMIC process, as well as a multinode MMIC for use in future Ku band phased array mobile terminals.
AOCS Design Upgrade Based On Operator Needs And Emerging Sensors
07 April 2015
The aim of this study is to take benefit from the availability of recently developed sensors to determine at system level how the AOCS could handle new functions or decrease its cost. On the other hand, to analyse new operators’ requirements induced by the increased number of collocated spacecraft or compliance to the French law about space activity.
MENOS Evolution
31 March 2015
The objective of the ESA MENOS Evolution project is to develop a coherent end-to-end IP network for multimedia exchange over satellite capable to support HD, Hybride services and broadcast work flows.
Integrated Tool for Reflector Antenna Design, Antenna Farm Scattering, and Interference Prediction
30 March 2015
The product developed in this project is a software tool able to compute radiation patterns and assess interference effects of multiple telecommunications satellite reflector antennas when mounted on a spacecraft platform. The new tool is tightly integrated with the well-established and validated reflector antenna design tool, GRASP

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Reference Number: 11.1TT.26
Open date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.70
Open date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.66
Open date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.73
Open date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.87