The European Space Agency is dedicated to encourage the application of satellite based solutions for a wide variety of user groups. Mobile satellite for automotive applications is a newer but no less important area for development. ESA supports a number of projects both ongoing and completed to bring the benefits of satellite communications to the automotive user group.
The ESA TCV is a transportable transmitting and receiving vehicle using Ku band with many potential applications benefiting any user needing a rugged mobile station with satellite connectivity, such as Disaster Management situations and news gathering organisations.
The Ku Band Multimedia system will not only bring the benefits of satellite radio to users across Europe but multimedia applications as well. Developing and marketing it represents a fantastic opportunity for European industry. This page contains technical information, the history and future of Europe's next step in media delivery.
European citizens are today demanding access to broadband networks, not just while stationary but also while travelling. Users are already able to access Internet at train stations and airports. Providing this access while passengers are aboard the trains is the logical next step.
The Final report and the Executive Summary "European Third Pillar for Satellite Telecommunications" are the result of the JADES study (Joint Alphasat Definition Study) performed jointly by Astrium, Alcatel and Alenia for the European Space Agency.
Alphabus is the industrial programme for the development of a generic line of large platforms. Alcatel Space and EADS Astrium are cooperating to develop and market Alphabus with the objective to compete successfully on the global commercial satcom market. The objective of the phase C/D programme is to establish the Alphabus product line and to procure its first flight model.
The expanding use of internet communications and the reliance on this technology by users is making security issues increasingly important. ESA's role is to ensure that new techniques can be implemented for satellite communication. Issues related to security will appear on this web page.