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  • 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.

  • ESA helps firms large and small prosper in global Satcom Market

    Hundreds of space companies in Europe and Canada—ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to international consortia—have boosted their business by partnering with ESA.

  • ESA Final Presentation Days – a flying start to 2019

    With over 250 participants from 18 countries coming together at ESTEC in Netherlands, the annual event for Industry and ESA experts in Satellite Communications featured a 15% increase in attendance, making it the most successful edition to date. 

  • Kongsberg Norspace scoop €30 million contract for state-of-the-art space kit

    When the first of the Inmarsat-6 twin satellite constellation is launched into orbit in 2020, the spacecraft’s next-generation digital processor will be equipped with leading-edge pre/post processors provided by Kongsberg Norspace (KNS), in a project supported by the European Space Agency’s ARTES C&G programme.

  • Launch-pad for Irish space-tech projects

    The partnership between Dublin City University and European Space Agency (ESA) is succeeding in providing the launch-pad for Irish companies to increase their engagement with emerging space-related technologies. 

  • Star tracker: ASTROgyro builds a market with attitude

    Next time you look at the night sky, bear in mind that your favourite constellation is probably being used to steer and orient spacecraft. Thanks to German company Jena-Optronik and ESA’s ARTES programme, that has just become a whole lot easier.