12 April 2016 – At an event held on 5 April at ESA Headquarters in Paris, more than eighty high-level representatives from the European space industry and government discussed project proposals for the ESA Govsatcom Precursor programme.
ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) is co-organising with the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education a short course in satellite communications for professionals.
29 March 2016 – Thales Alenia Space Belgium (TAS-B) has announced that its PPU Mk3 power supply for plasma thrusters has now been qualified. The development and qualification of the new unit was supported by the Belgian government and by ESA through the Competitiveness & Growth element of the ARTES programme.
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.
Open Invitation To Tender - Closing date: 30 December 2016
The main purpose of this activity is to identify and analyse services and applications for which a disruptive change could emerge from the deployment of mega-constellations. The activity shall focus on the down-stream space applications segment and shall characterize concrete service opportunities.
The 6th annual ARTES Applications Workshop took place in Brussels on the 28th and 29th April 2016. This year’s workshop was organised by ESA’s ARTES Applications department and the Belgian Science Policy Office, Belspo.
20 - 22 September 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)
Industry Space Days (ISD) are organised by ESA to bring together the main European players in the space sector. The main purpose is to increase the involvement of SMEs in space activities and to foster cross-fertilisation between the different actors in this sector. UPDATE: programme now online
18 March 2016 – Newtec is the first satellite equipment manufacturer to deliver a high-speed VSAT modem based on the new S2X standard. With the new terminal, the Belgian company is targeting the high-end mobility, IP trunking and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) markets.
15 March 2016 – With the support of ESA, Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F) has developed a prototype of a reflector antenna that can be reconfigured in orbit, a breakthrough that the company believes has great commercial potential.