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Short course satellite communications
6-8 July 2016, 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.

ASMS/SPSC 2016
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)

ESA is a co-sponsor of this event. Deadline for submissions: 3 May.

 

News

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.

Flexible payloads come of age

29 April 2016 – The Third ESA Workshop on Flexible Telecom Payloads which recently took place at ESTEC confirmed the evolution towards flexible payloads in the satellite industry.

Govsatcom - ESA and Space Industry supporting a European solution

12 April 2016 – At an event held on 5 April at ESA Headquarters in Paris, more than eighty high-level representatives from the European space industry and government discussed project proposals for the ESA Govsatcom Precursor programme.

Electric propulsion gets a boost from TAS

29 March 2016 – Thales Alenia Space Belgium (TAS-B) has announced that its PPU Mk3 power supply for plasma thrusters has now been qualified. The development and qualification of the new unit was supported by the Belgian government and by ESA through the Competitiveness & Growth element of the ARTES programme.

 

Latest Projects

SatGuard
Status Date: 23 May 2016
SatGuard is a novel monitoring solution for combating and managing interference from VSAT terminals
MultiBeam-RRM
Status Date: 17 May 2016
The project focuses on the design of novel radio resource management and return link burst scheduling strategies able to satisfy QoS requirements and system availability figures according to traffic forecast for the next 10 years. Further to this, radio resource management schemes are also analysed with respect to different satellite payload architecture in order to investigate the potential benefits of more sophisticated satellite architecture in terms of performance gain over conventional systems.
SA Building Blocks
Status Date: 19 April 2016
GaAs Solar Array building block development for Telecommunication Geostationary Satellite Applications
Lightweight RF Power Cable with High Phase Stability
Status Date: 12 April 2016
This activity has focused on the development of ultra-light RF cables capable to handle RF power signals for future telecom payloads. The main goals, phase stability and low mass, have been successfully achieved. The cables show excellent phase stability over a wide temperature and frequency range and it is as light as the lightest state of the art cables.
Low rate VSAT SCADA Network Development
Status Date: 12 April 2016
The Low Rate VSAT SCADA Network development has result in a unique low-data rate DVB-S2/RCS terminal platform optimized for SCADA applications, as well as a private, single user hub platform for network configuration, control and monitoring.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.50
Open date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.71
Open date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.37
Open date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.65
Open date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Reference Number: 16.1TT.77
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