A public-private partnership contract signed with Astrium means that ESA is moving ahead with an independent, European satellite system that will speed up the transmission of large quantities of data beginning in 2014.
The design of Europe´s data relay satellite system - EDRS - has been completed and approved. This marks the moment when it moves ahead with a green light from its first customer, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative from the European Union (GMES).
More than 50 participants attended the EDRS Hosted Payload Opportunity workshop that took place at ESA´s ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 22 September. Presentations that were given at the workshop are now available for download.
A workshop is planned on 22 and 23 September at ESA´s ESTEC facility to present the selection process, conditions, and information required to answer the Announcement of Opportunity for hosted payloads on board the EDRS-C satellite.
To accommodate the high level of interest in ESA´s Announcement of Opportunity regarding hosted payloads on board one of the EDRS satellites, the deadline to submit a first Notice of Intent has been extended to 15 September 2011.
A positive response to ESA´s Call for Interest for in-orbit validation of payloads has instigated the official Announcement of Opportunity for the selection of hosted payloads onboard one of the EDRS satellites.
ESA has taken the next step toward the realisation of a European Data Relay System with the issuing of the Invitation To Tender (ITT) to select the EDRS Operator that will be responsible for the implementation and operation of the EDRS system.