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Moving up the frequency ladder: first W-band satcom workshop
8 April 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

We will review the state of the art in W-band satellite communications equipment, propagation models, system aspects and the perspectives for its use in the future. Registration is now open.

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
11-12 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 optical communications 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.

 

News

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

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
INSTINCT
30 March 2015
This project investigates the feasibility of satellite networks integration with terrestrial clouds to dynamically and optimally offer services. It identifies suitable solutions in connection to key satellite capabilities, such as broadcasting/multicasting, large coverage areas, ability to reach remote areas, mobility support, service resilience and flexibility for extending capacity, as well as uniform QoS irrespective of distance to end user.
GLORIA
27 March 2015
The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate innovative multilayer solutions involving satellite constellation, High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS) and a backbone satellite architecture to provide telecommunication services.
TAOSATT
26 March 2015
The proposed project relates to the development of an ‘Always Online’ single enclosure, outdoor grade, data router capable of connecting local users and systems over wired and wireless Ethernet to remote sites via cellular and satellite communications networks. The product will provide all the required functionality from a single unit, mounted on the outside of vehicles, watercraft or buildings and will operate initially on L-Band and cellular services with a migration path to other networks and services in the near future. The router will also transmit GNSS location and speed data for use with vehicular tracking and location based service solutions.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Closing date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TF.13
Open date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.87
Open date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.66
Open date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.16
Open date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.91
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