On 8 January 2004, a presentation will be given on the results of the study mandated by ESA Telecom and carried out by Octalis on 'Next Generation Conditional Access Systems for Satellite Broadcasting'.
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.
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.
The Greek company ATTISAT has just begun a new project funded by ESA Telecom, making this the first project begun by a Greek company. In October, the design review took place and specifications for the project are being reviewed.
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.