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  • Way forward for ESA Telecom following Ministerial Council meeting

    3 December 2016 – ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme adds new elements and strengthens existing ones, with an overall subscription of €1.2 billion following the Council meeting at Ministerial Level in Lucerne, Switzerland.

  • Hispasat 36W-1 now ready to fly

    1 December 2016 – The first telecom satellite built using the SmallGEO platform, Hispasat 36W-1, arrived in Kourou today after completing its final tests at IABG in Germany. Preparations are now being undertaken for the January launch on a Soyuz rocket. 

  • 2017 ARTES Future Preparation Final Presentation Days

    11-12 January 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

    This annual event is to share the results of recently completed Future Preparation (formerly ARTES 1) activities. Registration for the event is free and open to anyone based in the ARTES Participating States.

  • VIDEO: Ministerial 2016: Telecoms

    24 November 2016 – Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, discusses the priorities being put forward at forthcoming the 2016 Ministerial Council.


  • Start of service for Europe’s SpaceDataHighway

    23 November 2016 - The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe’s Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology. 

  • Venture capital available for space-based companies

    22 November 2016 – The Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies.

  • ECSAT Industry Day

    17 November 2016, ECSAT (UK)

    ESA invites you for the ECSAT Industry Day on the Invitation to Tender for Competitive Frame Contracts for Industrial Support to ESA Directories (2017-22).

  • New pocketqubesat developed with ARTES Entry support

    26 October 2016 – With the support of ESA and Innovate UK, a Scottish startup, Alba Orbital, has built a tiny satellite called  Unicorn-1 that is slated for launch in early 2017.

  • Electric propulsion modules for Spacebus Neo to be built in Ireland

    18 October 2016 – Thales Alenia Space UK’s new Electric Propulsion Integration Centre in Belfast will supply electric propulsion modules for Spacebus Neo, part of the ARTES Neosat programme.

  • Future Opportunities for In-Orbit Demonstration

    10 November 2016, Harwell Campus (UK)

    The European Space Agency has published an “Announcement of Opportunity” for Pioneer, while Innovate UK has created the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Programme, delivered by the Satellite Applications Catapult. Both of which aim to lower the barriers to entry and stimulate new in-orbit test missions for innovative applications and services. This workshop will tell you how demonstrate in-orbit can remove obstacles across the value chain and open up new opportunities.