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.
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.
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.
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.