The thermal vacuum test campaign of the first Spacebus Neo satellite was completed on 25 June. Less than 100 metres from the Mediterranean Sea, the Konnect satellite has spent the past six weeks being exposed to the cold emptiness of space.
ESA’s laser satellite EDRS-C has settled at its new home in Munich for the last tests before launch. This final set will make sure the satellite and its optical payload can withstand the challenging conditions of lift off and subsequent life in space once launched next year.
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.
23 November 2016 - The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe’s Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology.
9 December 2015 – After a year-long wait for a Proton launcher to become available, the EDRS-A laser communications payload and its Eutelsat host satellite have arrived at the Baikonur cosmodrome and are being prepared for a late-January launch.
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.
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.