A Tutorial Presentation on the new DVB-S2 standard for satellite broadband communications will be given at ESTEC on December 8. The new standard brings several improvements as well as many new features when compared to the previous version.
The Jack Neubauer Memorial Award for the best systems paper published in the IEEE "Transactions on Vehicular Technology" journal has been given to a joint ESA-industry team. The award ceremony took place at the annual IEEE Vehicular Technology Systems Conference.
Invacom and Raven Manufacturing of the United Kingdom teamed up with ESA to develop the world's least expensive Outdoor Units (ODU's) and antennas for DVB-RCS systems. A target price for a 2W Ku-band output power unit, including an 80cm antenna, can reach less than 400 euro in production volumes of 1000.
Running applications on the web has become easier. A new software project which aims to help ESA Telecom users to reserve and monitor their required bandwidth via web has entered its validation phase. The project, called SAGAN, made its first appearance on September 23 at the ESA Telecom Applications Workshop.
Keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in Telecom can be a daunting task. But only if you haven't read The CONNECT Newsletter. Inside the latest issue, we have prepared articles on a wide range of topics which cover the most important developments and news within the ESA Telecom.
A demonstrator testbed which will serve as a platform for applications developed under ARTES programmes is being installed at ESA ESTEC Noordwijk Netherlands. Installation will be completed on 12 September.
A recent report published by Alcatel Space, Avanti Communications and the European Space Agency states that there is evidence of a huge demand for the 'Global Reach' initiative. According to potential users the initiative should be started as soon as possible.
Presentations from the completed ASMS Conference 2003 are now available on-line. Each of the presentations can be downloaded for your reference and also will be posted and available at the ASMS-TF web site.