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  • Hosted payloads given green light

    The future is looking bright for hosted payload opportunities with ESA. <br>A round table discussion, chaired by Magali Vaissiere, head of ESA´s Telecommunications and Integrated Applications directorate, concluded hosted payload opportunities with ESA should be further explored by setting up public private partnerships embarking institutional payloads on commercial satellites.

  • Alphabus proto-qualified

    A successful satellite mechanical test campaign has qualified the Alphabus platform for an Ariane 5 launch. The test campaign, completed in August, marks another milestone for Europe´s largest telecommunications platform along its journey to space.

  • Hosted payload workshop presentations available for download

    Presentations given at the 2011 Alphasat Hosted Payload workshop are now available for download.

  • Module mating: When a bus becomes a satellite

    The Alphabus Service Module has been successfully mated with the Alphasat Communications Module, enabling the largest European built satellite to enter its final assembly and test phase at the Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France.

  • French minister visits Alphasat

    Valérie Pécresse, the French minister of higher education and research, visited the Alphasat satellite during her tour of the Toulouse Space Centre (FR) on 13 May.

  • More power to Alphabus

    An extension contract to develop a more powerful Alphabus was signed in Toulouse, France on Friday. The contract, signed by Astrium, Thales Alenia Space, ESA and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), will qualify Alphabus for the very high-power end of the communication satellite market.

  • Alphasat Applications ITT issued

    ESA has issued the Invitation to Tender(ITT) to support the Alphasat Application Development Initiative. This ITT has been listed in ESA´s EMITS tender system under AO 1-6651/11/NL/CLP Alphasat-BGAN/GSPS. Closing date is 26 May.

  • Applications Development Initiative for Alphasat 2011

    ESA will launch an Open Call For Proposals in March 2011 to support the Alphasat Application Development Initiative. To learn more about this initiative, a special workshop will take place at Inmarsat in London on Tuesday 23 February.

  • Development of Alphabus, the new line of platforms for high-power satellites

    Today at Le Bourget, the contract was signed for the development of Alphabus, the new European platform for the next generation of telecommunications satellites.

  • Final Reports for Alphasat TDP Phase-A now available

    All Executive Final Reports for the Alphasat Technology Demonstration Payloads (TDPs) Phase A studies are available for downloading. The work represents part of the first phase for the selection and design of the Alphasat payloads.