Space-based applications do assist in daily life, and ESA is open to all ideas from its Member States to make this happen. This was the clear message sent to the participants of the ARTES Applications workshop held recently at ESA´s ESTEC facility in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
A flawless launch has delivered Hylas-1, ESA´s first public-private partnership in a full satellite system, into space. The satellite was released on 26 November into its transfer orbit after a textbook launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana.
A website dedicated to launch of Hylas-1 is now on line. This special website provides you with a variety of information about Hylas-1, including it's background, the Hylas-1 mission and an image gallery.
Inmarsat´s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), a system and services solution supported by ESA´s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, has received the MacRobert Award, Britain´s top prize for engineering innovation.