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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

SatGuard
01 September 2015
SatGuard is a novel monitoring solution for combating and managing interference from VSAT terminals
Q100W
01 September 2015
High frequency, high output power, next generation for communication satellites.
Antenna Pointing Optimisation System
31 August 2015
The objective of the project is, building on the Inmarsat 4 experience, to improve the system performance in order to meet more stringent pointing requirements of large deployable reflectors (12 m), in particular by introducing electronic beam steering compensation. The first application of this enhanced pointing system is on Alphasat.
MESH
31 August 2015
The Project aims at fully characterize some new air interfaces, like CPM (Continuous Phase Modulation) and SC-FDMA (Single Carrier Frequency Domain Multiple Access), and techniques, like TSS (Time Slot Sharing) in a MESH Overlay Networking based on DVB-S2/RCS2 specifications in terms of achievable system performance.
FLANT
31 August 2015
The team composed by HPS GmbH (as prime contractor), INVENT GmbH and TESAT GmbH, Cobham CTS Limited and other partners has developed an earth-deck antenna (dimensions 1.2m x 2.5m x 1.9m) for feeder link applications in Q/V band (Frequency band Tx: 37.5-40.5 GHz, Rx: 47.2-50.2 GHz) to be embarked on a GEO communication satellite mission with high capacity requirements (in connection with Terabit satellite studies). In order to verify the performances of the proposed solution, an EM (Engineering Model) of the antenna, including a representative feed chain, has been manufactured, assembled and tested. The results of the RF test campaign performed in the Compact Range of the University of Applied Sciences Munich show an excellent agreement between the predicted values obtained by analysis and the measured values.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Monday, August 31, 2015
Closing date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.11
Open date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Closing date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TF.12
Open date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.79
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
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