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  • Presentations from Workshop on Satellite Data Link System now available

    The workshop has specifically addressed the potential interest for the European civil aviation community of deploying, in some ten years time and for the sole purpose of Air Traffic Management, a new specifically tailored satellite based radio-communication system, in order to allow accommodation of the expected additional air traffic demand.

  • Telemedicine is healthcare's new frontier

    Telemedicine is healthcare's new frontier, a means of facilitating the distribution of human resources and professional competences. It can speed up diagnosis and therapeutic care delivery and allow peripheral and primary healthcare providers to receive continuous assistance from specialised centres.

  • AmerHis In-Orbit tests a complete success

    Results from the recently completed AmerHis in-orbit tests report that the payload is operating extremely well; this was made known during the 7th Co-ordination Meeting which took place at ESA/ESTEC on 14 December 2004.

  • PC/TV interactivity just a Snapshot away

    The line between TV and PC Internet is being further blurred by a recently completed ESA Telecom project called TV Snapshot from the Luxembourg company GAX.

  • Meeting the needs of global healthcare with satellite technology

    Health professionals need telemedicine via satellite for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and education. This is the conclusion of the ESA initiative which plans to propose a Telemedicine via satellite programme at the next ESA ministerial conference.

  • Broadband Internet service, a boost for rural Ireland

    The South West Regional Authority in Ireland has secured funding from ESA to carry out trials that will provide high bandwidth broadband Internet access via satellite to remote areas of the country.

  • French Senate and ESA to organise colloquium on bridging the digital divide

    The French Senate, in partnership with ESA, is holding a colloquium on the subject of "Satellites and Bridging the Digital Divide". The gathering will evaluate the potential role of satellite systems in achieving nationwide digital access. European attempts to date to achieve that goal will also be assessed.

  • Digital divide: political will and space solutions

    'Space can help to bridge the digital divide', this was the clear message of the Luxembourg colloquium 'On the road to Lisbon', dedicated to the knowledge-based economy from the European perspective, held this week in the Grand Duchy.

  • Analysis shows benefits for broadband connectivity in Europe

    Bridging the digital divide will remain a key issue in Europe for the coming years. ESA and the European Commission wish to consider the potential of space-based technologies, in conjunction where appropriate with other systems, to bring affordable broadband to disadvantaged or neglected areas such as rural and mountain areas, islands and far-flung outlying regions.

  • 'm' Learning Trials a big success

    The successful trials of the satellite based system are 'like having the classroom at home', say travelling children!