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  • EDRS-C on the home stretch

    ESA’s laser satellite EDRS-C has settled at its new home in Munich for the last tests before launch. This final set will make sure the satellite and its optical payload can withstand the challenging conditions of lift off and subsequent life in space once launched next year.

  • Space Photons Bring a New Dimension to Cryptography

    ESA and its partners will investigate how satellites can distribute photon ‘keys’ to help secure encryption.

  • Govsatcom Precursor ‘Pacis-5’ project to demonstrate satcom sharing system

    Airbus is developing a ‘Pacis-5’ demonstrator under ESA’s Govsatcom Precursor programme. Pacis-5 kicked-off in June 2017 and will run for two years.

  • Govsatcom Precursor Pacis-6 contract signed with Inmarsat

    ESA has awarded a contract to Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global, mobile satellite communications (satcom), as the prime contractor for the new “Pacis-6” Govsatcom Precursor project under ESA’s ARTES programme.

  • ESA to present two new Satcom Projects at Paris Air and Space Show

    On 21 June 2017, at the airshow in Le Bourget, France, ESA unveiled two new satcom initiatives, Govsatcom Precursor and Satellites for 5G.

  • Pooling and sharing for secure Government Satcoms

    On 21 November 2017, ESA and an SES-led European consortium agreed to join forces to set up a new platform that will make secure and affordable satcoms available to public users, as part of a Europe-wide push to help governments get the most out of existing systems and services.

  • Pillar of strength for Europe’s all-electric satellites

    Three of Europe’s latest line of all-electric Spacebus Neo satellites are in production, proving new materials and industry cooperation.

  • New ITAR-free Motor Gearbox for Space

    Within ARTES C&G Product phase, Reliance Precision Ltd have developed the EuroSMG Stepper Motor Gearbox, designed to meet the mechanism requirements for a high-power telecoms satellite application as specified by Airbus Defence & Space Limited.

  • TESAT-Spacecom’s New C-Band Portfolio

    Tesat-Spacecom has extensive experience in the design, manufacturing and testing of passive Microwave Products for satellite payloads. Their product portfolio includes components such as switches, filters, circulators, couplers, OMUXs / IMUXs and subsystems, the majority of which are in a frequency range from 7 GHz up to 30 GHz. 


    During the latest G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, in May 2017, the surrounding area was monitored using an aircraft of the Italian Ministry of Defense equipped with the Space Engineering Janus Aero antenna system. This is part of the Satcom system used by Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division (ASSD). The aircraft provided video footage monitoring of the Summit area.