European Space Agency

News

Displaying 1 - 10 of 18

Please, click here to see more options to narrow your search.

  • AlbaPod: the most advanced space-proven PocketQube deployer

    The ‘maker’ movement in electronics and the meteoric rise of smartphones have led to a surge in small satellites - such as nano- and picosatellites (picosats are the tiniest of smallsats). But something has to propel these pocket-size payloads into space. The AlbaPod is the first flight-proven six unit (6p) ‘PocketQube’ or picosat satellite deployer, whose successful demonstration was performed under the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme.  

  • Novel flat panel antennas give drones long-range satcom capabilities

    A satellite communications antenna which fits snugly into the wing of a UAV or ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft’ (RPA) for use in long-range missions has now ‘got its wings’  – giving the green light for a variety of civilian applications across the globe.  

  • 'Extraordinary efficiencies’ with next-generation space solar cell

    Telecommunication satellites are demanding ever-increasing power for new technologies. This makes ever-more efficient and lightweight solar generators a must for full electric propulsion satellite platforms. 

    AZUR SPACE, German-based company and European leader for multi-junction solar cells, rose to the challenge of developing and qualifying a new cell to meet this rapidly evolving brief. With the support of the ARTES C&G programme, the ‘4G32C’ solar cell has trumped AZUR’s own best-selling product as the first upright metamorphic 4J (4 junction) cell on the market for high end-of-life efficiency in geostationary orbit applications.

  • A giant step towards satellite interference mitigation with SkyMON

    Data-hungry media, like HDTV and mobile services, have made the use of satellites and their broadcasting capabilities crucial for global communications. But in order to offer these services there is a growing number of satellites required, crowding the geostationary arc. This then increases the risk of interference. Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH, Austria, have sought to address this with ARTES support, introducing a powerful new VSAT Monitoring and Geolocation product.

  • Qualification of new family of hybrid solar arrays

    Under ESA’s Competitiveness & Growth programme, Airbus (Ottobrunn, D) is qualifying a new family of hybrid solar arrays that is capable to deliver approximately ≈ 50% more power in the same volume and with the same weight as previous generations. This new subsystem will be a key asset of the new Eurostar Neo platform, developed within ESA's Partnership Projects.

  • Airbus Ku-band high power feed chains become a bestseller

    Launch conditions together with the need to operate at high power levels presented a particular challenge when Airbus Defence and Space engineers – under the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme – set about developing a new series of Ku-band antenna feed chains.

  • HILINK – the high-speed bridge between ground and payload

    In Star Trek, ‘subspace’ or faster-than-light (FTL) communications are a means of instantly establishing contact with people and places light years away. While FTL only exists on the Enterprise, elsewhere in the universe anything which can improve the speed of a spacecraft’s communications is desirable. This is especially the case where control of the payload, the satellite’s precious cargo, is concerned.

  • ARTES 4.0 – a new proposal for a new marketplace

    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. 

  • Space2connect 2020 Conference

    The European Space Agency is organising the first ever “Space2connect” conference. Space2Connect is postponed to Q2 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new date will be communicated as soon as possible later this year.

  • Robotic arms for Electric Orbit Raising fly off the shelf

    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.