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  • Alphasat hosted payload programme to be extended

    20 December 2016 — ESA, Inmarsat, and payload providers have agreed to continue the very successful Alphasat hosted payload programme for another three years.

  • End of Year Message from Magali Vaissiere

    16 December 2016 – Magali Vaissiere, head of the Telecoms directorate, looks back over an exciting and successful year.

  • After a decade of development "CAN Bus for Space" is flight-ready

    8 December 2016 – After a decade of development and the long-term support of ESA, CAN Bus for Space will be deployed for forthcoming missions. The new data bus has been adopted by all the major European satellite manufacturers.

  • Way forward for ESA Telecom following Ministerial Council meeting

    3 December 2016 – ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme adds new elements and strengthens existing ones, with an overall subscription of €1.2 billion following the Council meeting at Ministerial Level in Lucerne, Switzerland.

  • Hispasat 36W-1 now ready to fly

    1 December 2016 – The first telecom satellite built using the SmallGEO platform, Hispasat 36W-1, arrived in Kourou today after completing its final tests at IABG in Germany. Preparations are now being undertaken for the January launch on a Soyuz rocket. 

  • 2017 ARTES Future Preparation Final Presentation Days

    11-12 January 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

    This annual event is to share the results of recently completed Future Preparation (formerly ARTES 1) activities. Registration for the event is free and open to anyone based in the ARTES Participating States.

  • VIDEO: Ministerial 2016: Telecoms

    24 November 2016 – Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, discusses the priorities being put forward at forthcoming the 2016 Ministerial Council.


  • Start of service for Europe’s SpaceDataHighway

    23 November 2016 - The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe’s Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology. 

  • Venture capital available for space-based companies

    22 November 2016 – The Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies.

  • ECSAT Industry Day

    17 November 2016, ECSAT (UK)

    ESA invites you for the ECSAT Industry Day on the Invitation to Tender for Competitive Frame Contracts for Industrial Support to ESA Directories (2017-22).