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A full house for ESA's ScyLight industry day

21 February 2017 – The large turnout for this recent event indicates tremendous interest in optical technologies within the satellite communications industry.

ScyLight Outline Proposal template is now available

New templates now available for ESA's latest ARTES programme element: ScyLight

First SmallGEO mission reaches geostationary transfer orbit

28 January 2017 – The first flight opportunity for the new SmallGEO platform, Hispasat's H36W-1 satellite, was succesfully launched from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, in the early hours of this morning.

2017 UK Space Conference
30 May to 1 June 2017, Manchester (UK)

Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is an important forum for the UK and international space community, particularly for organisations eager to expand into this growing sector.

New ARTES programme element dedicated to optical communications: ScyLight

18 January 2017 – ESA's Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate (TIA) has launched a new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies: ScyLight.

SmallGEO media briefing

18 January 2017 – A special media briefing on SmallGEO and its first flight took place on Wednesday 18 January, at ESA HQ in Paris. Hispasat 36W-1 will be the first satellite to use the SmallGEO platform, marking the first partnership between ESA and the Spanish operator.

ScyLight Workshop
8 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology) is the new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies. To launch the programmatic process, ESA’s Telecom’s directorate (TIA) is organising a workshop dedicated to the new element.

Airbus Defence & Space launches SpaceDataHighway challenge

12 January 2017 – Airbus Defence & Space, which developed the European Data Relay Satellite system (EDRS) in private-public partnership with ESA, has launched the SpaceDataHighway competition and will award up to €75k to the winning idea.

2017 Final Presentation Days for RF Payloads
14-16 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The ESA Final Presentation Days for RF payloads, subsystems, products and technologies for Navigation, Communication and Remote Sensing.

Alphasat hosted payload programme to be extended

20 December 2016 — ESA, Inmarsat, and payload providers have agreed to continue the very successful Alphasat hosted payload programme for another three years.