26 May 2015 – TESAT-Spacecom, one of Germany’s largest space technology companies, has pioneered the application of additive manufacturing techniques, also known as 3D printing, for the production of microwave components.
23 March 2016 – Pioneer is a new ESA initiative that aims to facilitate in-orbit test flights for innovative services, applications, systems and technologies by providing affordable, timely and efficient access to space.
1 February 2016 – Multiple spot-beam antennas are becoming an increasingly important feature of today's telecom satellites. In acknowledgement of this, Airbus Defence and Space UK initiated the development of the Large Ku-band Multi-spot Feed Array (LMFA) with the support of ESA through the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme.
16-19 February 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
The RF Systems, Payloads & Technology Division (TEC-ET) and the Payload Technologies and Products Section (TIA-TTP) have scheduled Final Presentation Days for Payload Technologies and Products on 16-19 February 2016.
17 December 2015 – ESA's Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) announces some major changes to ARTES 5.1, 5.2 and 3-4. In addition, these and various other ARTES programme elements have been renamed.
25 November 2015 – ESA’s ARTES programme has been instrumental in helping Newtec (BE) to win a contract with UAE-based Yahsat for the delivery of service platforms and operating systems to support that satellite operator's entry into the Brazilian satellite broadband services market.
6 November 2015 – The first three products supported by the Atlas extension to the ARTES 3-4 programme have entered into service on Eutelsat's 8 West B satellite, which was launched 20 August. The launch of these first units represents a major milestone for Atlas, which was initiated in 2013 to support first flight opportunities for new space technologies.