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  • A full house for ESA's ScyLight industry day

    21 February 2017 – The large turnout for this recent event indicates tremendous interest in optical technologies within the satellite communications industry.

  • ScyLight Outline Proposal template is now available

    New templates now available for ESA's latest ARTES programme element: ScyLight

  • First SmallGEO mission reaches geostationary transfer orbit

    28 January 2017 – The first flight opportunity for the new SmallGEO platform, Hispasat's H36W-1 satellite, was succesfully launched from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, in the early hours of this morning.

  • 2017 UK Space Conference

    30 May to 1 June 2017, Manchester (UK)

    Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is an important forum for the UK and international space community, particularly for organisations eager to expand into this growing sector.

  • SmallGEO media briefing

    18 January 2017 – A special media briefing on SmallGEO and its first flight took place on Wednesday 18 January, at ESA HQ in Paris. Hispasat 36W-1 will be the first satellite to use the SmallGEO platform, marking the first partnership between ESA and the Spanish operator.

  • New ARTES programme element dedicated to optical communications: ScyLight

    18 January 2017 – ESA's Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate (TIA) has launched a new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies: ScyLight.

  • ScyLight Workshop

    8 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology) is the new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies. To launch the programmatic process, ESA’s Telecom’s directorate (TIA) is organising a workshop dedicated to the new element.

  • Airbus Defence & Space launches SpaceDataHighway challenge

    12 January 2017 – Airbus Defence & Space, which developed the European Data Relay Satellite system (EDRS) in private-public partnership with ESA, has launched the SpaceDataHighway competition and will award up to €75k to the winning idea.

  • 2017 Final Presentation Days for RF Payloads

    14-16 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    The ESA Final Presentation Days for RF payloads, subsystems, products and technologies for Navigation, Communication and Remote Sensing.

  • First flight trials for satellite-based air traffic management

    20 December 2016 – First flight trials were recently undertaken by ESA and Inmarsat in the next stage of the ARTES Iris Precursor programme to deliver high-capacity secure digital data links via satellite for air–ground communications for cockpit crews over European airspace.