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  • Atlas delivers

    16 March 2015 – Three key components of Eutelsat' s forthcoming EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite will be embarking on their first mission into space thanks to Atlas, a recent extension of ARTES 3-4 in which ESA provides assistance in obtaining first flight opportunities for new products.

  • Shining a light on Optical Communications

    9-10 June 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

    Optical space technologies have matured and are now ready to be applied in commercial satellite communication systems. ESA is hosting a workshop to explore the use of this break-through technology in space. Registration is now open.
  • Payload Technologies and Products

    Event: Final Presentation Days

    To be held 3-5 February 2015, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

  • ADS's new dual feed subreflector assembly

    News: ARTES 3-4 success story

    With the support of ESA, Airbus Defence and Space has developed a key component for the commercial satellite market – a versatile subreflector assembly – that is now validated for flight.

  • Satellite broadband for all

    Thanks to European telecoms satellites equipped with powerful, high-frequency Ka-band communications, affordable broadband Internet access via satellite is becoming a reality.

  • Another commercial breakthrough for Kongsberg Norspace

    Kongsberg Norspace (Norway) books its first commercial order for the company's new-generation command receiver.

  • Logging the smart way

    With the support of ESA, Irish company Treemetrics has developed an innovative system that uses space and ground assets to map forests and monitor tree-harvesting machinery.

  • HYDRA, the multi-headed star tracker

    Sodern has introduced a version of its HYDRA star tracker specifically designed for the telecommunications market.

  • 1964-2014: fifty years of European cooperation in space

    We mark the 50th anniversary of European cooperation in space with some notable milestones and events from our past:

    • 11 May 1978: The successful launch of OTS-2 (Orbital Test Satellite-2), the first ESA telecoms satellite.
    • 29 May 1969: As a part of the Aerosat programme, an ad hoc air traffic control expert group is set up by ESRO.
    • 30 May 1975: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom sign the convention establishing ESA.
  • Safer flying with satcom weather app

    Pilots using a satellite service can now receive inflight updates on weather hazards and warn other aircraft of storms they see ahead.