The world space market is undergoing a deep transformation fuelled by the digitalisation of the economy and society. At the same time, many governments recognise the growing strategic importance of space.
Environmental testing at system level of complete spacecrafts requires several hundreds of sensors both for mechanical and thermal-vacuum testing. Wireless sensors provide a competitive solution to avoid buying, assembling, installing and in the end, withdrawing hundreds of cables.
A novel pair of robotic arms have become a hardware hit for Euro Heat Pipes, a European company specialising in space thermal control. The unique fully-articulated robotic thruster arms, which help with Electric Orbit Raising, are the brainchild of the Belgian company who developed the innovation under ESA’s ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme.
A workshop on using a new satellite-based air-ground communication system for air traffic management took place at Brussels airport on 2 OctA workshop on using a new satellite-based air-ground communication system for air traffic management took place at Brussels airport on 2 October.
The Quantum satellite – Europe’s reprogrammable telecommunications satellite – built through an ESA Partnership Project with its operator Eutelsat successfully completed thermal vacuum testing on 28 September.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimate that by 2020 there will be around 40 trillion gigabytes of data in existence. To cope with this increasing volume, data rates for satellite transmission to the ground need to be augmented. TESAT, experts in manufacturing payload equipment for communication satellites, have developed in response a high-performance 8PSK X-band Modulator under ESA’s ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (ARTES C&G) programme.