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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.

 

News

The EDA's 28th PT SATCOM meeting hosted by ESA at ESTEC
Meeting: 30 June - 1 July 2015, ESTEC (Noordwik, The Netherlands)

On June 30 and July 1, the European Space Agency hosted the European Defense Agency’s PT SATCOM 28th meeting at ESTEC, ESA's space technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

First workshop on satellite terminals organised in the UK

24 June -2015 – At the recent satellite terminals workshop in London, it was decided that a European Terminals Working Group would be established so that synergies between involved stakeholders can be fully exploited, enabling future opportunities for satcoms. 

EDRS roundtable from Le Bourget now online

21 June 2015 – Last week's roundtable discussion on EDRS services at Le Bourget that was moderated by Magali Vaissiere, Director of TIA, is now online. Find out more about Europe's bold vision for a space datahighway.

Neosat: on schedule

19 June 2015 – The ARTES Neosat programme is on schedule, and the first two next-generation geostationary satellites based on the new platform are being built for launch by 2019.

Hot firing of world's first 3d-printed platinum thruster chamber

17 June 2015 – The world’s first spacecraft thruster with a platinum combustion chamber and nozzle made by 3D printing has passed its baptism of fire with a series of firings lasting more than an hour. The new thruster is part of an activity supported by ESA through the ARTES Programme.

 

Latest Projects

STANDARDS PREPARATION FOR SOTM TERMINALS
06 July 2015
The activity “Standards Preparation For SOTM Terminals“ is a study to define a common way to specify and verify Satellite On The Move Terminals (SOTM). Currently SOTM terminals are not consistently specified, nor independently verified for a number of key performance criteria. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for service providers, satellite operators, and end users to clearly understand the capabilities of the product being offered without embarking on expensive and lengthy trials. For the SOTM market to continue to grow, obstacles preventing fast and fluid transactions need to be removed, and a clear understanding of product performance needs to be developed. This activity will help move the SOTM market away from the characteristics of a niche market and towards a more established, consumer and manufacturer friendly one.
Centaur
29 June 2015
In this activity we perform a preliminary design of possible hybrid antenna solutions for future mobile terminals. The best solution is designed in detail. A demonstrator of the antenna is manufactured and tested to validate the most critical aspects of the design and the expected capabilities.
PACS
29 June 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
SUGA
29 June 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.
ETSACO
23 June 2015
2operate, Tele Greenland, and Thales Alenia Space are executing this project to identify opportunities for reusing technology, standards, and concepts from terrestrial (non-satellite) telecommunications in the SATCOM industry. The purpose is to speed-up the development of competitive SATCOM offerings. Generally, terrestrial (cellular) telecommunications is better able to provide high capacity and low latency to subscribers in densely populated (urban) areas than SATCOM. SATCOM on the other hand has certain advantages over terrestrial telecommunications related to coverage and broadcasting. Also, certain use cases of M2M may be served better via satellite. The commercial volume of the SATCOM industry, however, is still much smaller, and the amount of brainpower spent in developing technology is significantly lower. Therefore, systematic scouting for opportunities to reuse/adopt technology and standards is required.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.06
Open date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Closing date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.74
Open date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Closing date: Monday, September 28, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.09
Open date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Closing date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.23
Open date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Closing date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.58
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