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  • Compact Ku-Band aeronautical antenna for commercial airliners

    Status date: 08 August 2008

    ERA's new low profile antenna is the first array based design to operate in both the Ku-Band RX and Ku-Band TX bands using a single aperture capable of scanning up to 70º off boresight.

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  • NGM SatSys

    Status date: 01 July 2008

    The NGM SatSys project aims to develop improved throughput satellite telecommunications networks.

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  • Switch Matrix with Fibre Optical Interface

    Status date: 01 July 2008

    The aim of the project is to develop a Switch Matrix with Fibre Optical Interface which fits in the multimedia ground terminal as a central unit. Receive signals are collected from all the antennas with Low Noise Block Converters (LNC) and distributed free on demand to numerous outputs.

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  • ILS

    Status date: 30 June 2008

    The ILS project aims to integrate the SIECAMS interference detection technology with state-of-the-art geo-location techniques to support the satellite communications market in terms of rapidly detecting satellite operator interference.

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  • GigaManPack

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The GigaManPack project aims to provide a more highly integrated terminal than currently available by taking advantage of MPEG-4 video and MPEG-2 audio encoding techniques. It either transmits directly via satellite using a DVB transport stream, including encryption, or uses locally available telecommunications connections. The terminal also incorporates electronic hardware to provide antenna control with auto-pointing and auto-acquisition software. It incorporates a communication modem to provide remote order wire capability and talkback facilities if desired.

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  • Multi-PID

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The "Multi-PID" project has developed and demonstrated a state-of-the-art, fully automated system to allow multiple DVB broadcast satellite channels to be filtered, processed and monitored in order to supply content playout information to be reported back to the content owners. The Multi-PID platform provides a comprehensive and cost-effective method of monitoring all of the main European broadcast channels, which is far more efficient than a pan-European terrestrial monitoring network.

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  • The Lift Channel

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The IHT Lift Channel system enables multimedia clips for any purpose to be assembled and then simultaneously transmitted via satellite to any number of remote locations across Europe. The content, distributed via satellite, is then presented on screens within the client building. This may include a lift compartment. Any kind of media can be displayed from moving video with audio, to still pictures and graphics. The system can be used for advertising purposes and many different applications such as information sharing, the provision of safety information and topical news relevant to a particular organisation.

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  • Asset Management

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The purpose of the Cast4All Content Conductor software suite developed in this project is to create a complete turnkey solution for satellite-based content distribution management in general, and digital cinema networks in particular. The system provides a fully integrated solution for the operation of such networks, including reliable and secure transmission, and also network management, distributed content management, dynamic scheduling, and allocation of resources. It also implies a distributed system with zero-administration effort at the remote sites.

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  • Wired Ocean

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    Under this project access technologies using cost-effective broadband IP-based communications services are developed to establish asymmetrical broadband communications to ships. The project envisages the development and validation of two possible product/service configurations that would allow the use of higher frequency bands and their associated increased bandwidth to enable broadband communications, TV access and telephone service.

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  • BizSmart SAT

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The project aims at the development of a unique software tool, based on INNOVIS' BizSmart" workflow and Enterprise Application Integration platform and utilising satellite communication technologies. The new tool allows the execution of tasks and process steps anywhere in the world, irrespective of the communications device the task assignee has access to. The BizSmart SAT system will be targeted at large corporations and organisations, willing to set-up their own workflow and integration suite and will practically allow them to 'satellite-enable' all of their existing software applications.

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  • SatServ

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The SatServ project aims to provide a real time chart updating service, including new chart editions; access to maritime navigational information, such as weather and tidal information; and required input for the weather routing system. With this system, C-MAP aims to become a one-stop shop for all nautical information necessary for the mariner. The SatServ project intends to enable C-MAP to improve online access to navigational information via a single communication terminal. The project aims to make use of customers' already installed Satcom platform, to reduce costs and to avoid any need for extra equipment.

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  • SpaceForScience

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    SpaceForScience aims to facilitate the scientific cooperation in Europe, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe, by providing virtual, collaborative working and education applications for research institutions, via either fast academic networks or bidirectional satellite links. The goal of SpaceForScience is to enable distant centres all over Europe to connect, meet, work, teach and learn wherever their geographical position, thus enabling isolated institutes to enter into the cooperative research, education and technology transfer networks.

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  • Web-Sat DVB-S2 Upgrade

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The project objective is to upgrade the Web-Sat interactive satellite system for IP access to the DVB-S2 standard to allow a more efficient use of satellite bandwidth and significantly improve the commercial position of Web-Sat in the marketplace. The project includes a pilot phase with integration of existing services with a set of services developed under the specific scope of this project.

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  • Wired Ocean Pilot Service

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    Wired Ocean's objective is to significantly improve the availability of internet access from ships at sea. Compared to existing systems the Wired Ocean system has the potential to increase internet access speeds by a factor of ten and to reduce costs by 70% to 90%. The chosen technology is a 'hybrid' of broadband Ku-band satellites for the downlink and narrowband mobile satellites (or cellular) for the uplink. A specialised client server is developed (the Wired Ocean Satellite Broadband Server) to manage the communications sessions at the ship end. The server interfaces to a tracking TV receive only (TVRO) antenna to receive the downlink and to a narrowband terminal for the uplink.

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  • ESEMAR

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    ESEMAR is a system providing one and two-way satellite interconnectivity and associated applications for on-board and on-shore solutions for maritime travel and tourism. ESEMAR offers a suite of multimedia networking services such as Fast Internet, Thematic Interactive Channel, Multimedia Content Delivery, Symmetric Conference and Telephone/fax over IP. Two principal market segments are being considered: cruise liners and ferry lines.

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  • In-Flight Reporting Tool

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The objective of the project is to provide a reporting system which will enable the in-flight reporting of airline operational data over satellite communication systems. The reporting system will provide the Flight Crew and Cabin staff with the ability to issue reports during all phases of flight. A ground based server will make the reports available to authorised personnel and legacy airline systems in real time over the Internet. The ability to transfer important data en route means the aircraft turnaround cycle will be performed more efficiently.

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  • 2EDIBS

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    EDIBS® is a DVB-compliant technology of embedded content transmission, partly based on MHP. It works with most MHP-compliant set-top boxes equipped with a hard disk without any hard- or software adaptations. The combination of embedded content enables broadcasters to embed additional video clips of an unlimited size and in broadcast quality into their TV programme without requiring additional transmission bandwidth. Once additional content is transmitted, it is received and managed by the MHP-compliant EDIBS client application. The broadcaster defines the criteria for viewers to be able to make use of this additional content.

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  • GWVAS

    Status date: 20 June 2008

    The GWVAS project is dedicated to developing and operating on a trial basis a Value-Added Application Server which will meet both current and future application needs employing the GlobalWave wireless system. GlobalWave is an end-to-end satellitebased packet data system, which operates with a variety of existing L-band geostationary satellites, and provides tracking, monitoring and control and short message services to a wide variety of fixed and mobile assets.

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  • SM@RT

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The SM@RT project ("Satellite medical applications for Regional Terminals") aims at promoting a new interactive telecommunications application ("Video portal"), targeted at the Medical, Scientific and Pharmaceutical communities. The application was designed to support satellite-based distribution of highquality multimedia contents like medical protocol databases, corporate scientific and pharmaceutical agent information materials and video communications.

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  • HPS in Surgery

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The Healthtrack Professional Service (HPS) is a satellite based broadband network connecting medical General Practitioners (GPs), hospital consultants and pharmacies with the pharmaceutical industry and other service providers in the sector. The service provides a high-speed channel for the parties to send and receive large quantities of media rich information in the form of text, pictures, video and interactive educational packages.

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  • MultiMED

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The MultiMED project is designed around the concept of providing remote access to the high fidelity medical simulation services at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (BMSC). In addition to providing indirect and direct access to the simulator itself, MultiMED adds several layers of context-sensitive information, database and news resources which combine to provide a high quality education and training product suite.

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  • Mobile Web Services Framework

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The Mobile Web Services Framework plans to deliver a product prototype comprising a set of standard web services, which can be deployed on any type of mobile satellite user terminal. The standard services include network performance testing services, a web cam service, a field data retrieval service and a GPS service. Additional web services can be created within the framework, using specific APIs for tight integration with the satellite modem and other devices deployed. A field validation campaign will be executed using a mobile web server connected to the Inmarsat RBGAN terminals.

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  • Health Information Services

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    Health Information Services, brand name Telesana, is a television- and IP-based information platform addressing patients in waiting rooms and doctors in surgeries. Based on two different service versions (Telesana Live Patients and Telesana Professional), the Health Information Services use satellite communication to reach both target groups - patients and doctors - with a mixed content stream of DVB and IP.

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  • SKYMED

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    SKYMED is dedicated to develop and operate in a pilot service phase an advanced satellite based eLearning system to support Continuing Medical Education (CME) services. The final objective of the project is the set-up and validation of satellite based high end quality services (not comparable to those available on Internet) and the definition of CME services as part of Telbios' spin-off company portfolio.

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  • EMN

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The European Medical Network (EMN) has been formed to create a distance-learning service for the medical professions in Europe. The EMN platform includes at its core a menu-driven digital satellite broadcast combined with an Internet service. The Pilot project has been launched in order to assess and verify the acceptance of the proposed service by the target groups, the operational and financial feasibility throughout the entire value chain and prepare for the build-up of an operational service.

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  • BirdCom

    Status date: 19 June 2008

    The objective of this project is to develop and integrate an airborne user terminal based on satcom, navigation and computing commercial modules. The target market is the ultra-light aviation segment made up of aircraft owners and operators. The terminal will be tested in a real airborne environment with the application software needed for new services provisioning. The produced terminal could also prepare the ground for applications dedicated to the general and commercial aviation market and for employment of other space segments in the airborne environment.

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  • Uranus

    Status date: 18 June 2008

    The objective of this project is the definition and development of a universal integrated Ku-band transceiver (CR 1216L), which will be compliant to the Sat Lab specifications.

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  • Platform Based Lens Antenna

    Status date: 03 June 2008

    The project objective is to design and manufacture VSAT Waveguide Lens Antennas (WGLA) for the Ku-satellite band, 10.75-14.50 GHz.

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  • Axial Grooved Heat Pipes Delta Qualification Programme

    Status date: 29 May 2008

    The main objective of the project was to perform a Delta Qualification Programme of Axially Grooved Heat Pipes (AGHPs) as requested in the ESA standard PSS-49 (TST-01) Issue 2 (March 2003). The main features of this AGHP technology were transferred from TAIS, Russia to IberEspacio.

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  • DELOS

    Status date: 28 May 2008

    The project DELOS intends to develop the IP-core which will offer an excellent opportunity to accelerate DVB-RCS market growth and remove any technological incompatibilities.

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  • Large Ku-Band Dual Polarized Multi-Contoured Antenna for frequency Re-use

    Status date: 24 April 2008

    The main objective of the study is to build and test as an EQM, a partial focal array fully representative in terms of RF, mechanical and thermal performances to the selected baseline solution.

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  • Sky One

    Status date: 24 April 2008

    The objective of this activity is the definition and development of a universal integrated 2 watt Ku-band transceiver (KR 1216L) which will be compliant to the Sat Lab specifications.

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  • SaNTA - Transport Protocol and Communication Resource Management for Mobile Satellite Networks

    Status date: 22 April 2008

    The aim is to develop a new transport protocol for the satellite link, which makes it efficient to use satellites in internet-based networks or multimedia applications while maintaining compatibility with existing applications and networks.

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  • VoIP Equipment for Satellite Use

    Status date: 14 April 2008

    The project aims to address the difficulties of carrying VoIP (Voice over IP) traffic over shared satellite services, especially DVB-RCS. It will result in a commercially saleable device which allows telecom operators to deploy a range of satellite-based commercial services.

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  • Eurostar 3000 Structure Enhancement

    Status date: 04 April 2008

    Key main expected benefit is to be able to accommodate large propellant tank for heavy missions without the need to use Electric propulsion onboard.

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  • MLO

    Status date: 31 March 2008

    The objective of this project is to develop frequency generating modules to EQM level. Four different Local Oscillator Modules were defined, ranging from 20MHz to 2.4GHz.

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  • SCOS-2000 MultiSat

    Status date: 20 March 2008

    The MultiSat system extends ESA's Mission Control system SCOS-2000. It provides the means required to support more than a single spacecraft per computing node at a given time.

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  • ADAMv2

    Status date: 10 March 2008

    The ADAMv2 project aims to extend the features of key components in DVB-RCS hubs. It also aims to provide a new key component: AMCS, which provides essential management and control functions within the hub.

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  • IODA: Improvement Of Distress beacon Architecture

    Status date: 07 March 2008

    The objective of the project is to propose different axes to significantly lower the cost of COSPAS SARSAT beacons.

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  • iSatTV

    Status date: 07 March 2008

    The purpose of the iSatTV project is to establish solid roots for the development of an operational satellite-based interactive TV solution to be successfully deployed in China.

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  • ACCESS 2

    Status date: 07 March 2008

    The scope of the ACCESS 2 project is the enhancement of the system management tools as well as the functional and hardware integration of the DVB-RCS terminal and POP-router, both activities focusing on the cost reduction objective.

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  • Bandwidth-efficient Burst Mode Demodulator

    Status date: 07 March 2008

    This development project envisages evolving the previously developed Burst Mode Demodulator, version 1 (BMD-V1), in order to provide the demodulation of a complete bandwidth of 20 MHz, independent of the configuration of the carriers within that bandwidth.

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  • Interactive Broadband DVB-RCS/S OBP Communication System (AMERHIS)

    Status date: 19 February 2008

    The initiative is to deploy an advanced communications system based on a regenerative payload on board the AMAZONAS satellite.

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  • ALUSAT - Always Up Satellite Terminals

    Status date: 18 February 2008

    ALUSAT aims to optimise the operation of 2-way satellite networks by enabling maintenance procedures which minimize operational costs caused by service failures. This will maximise network availability and end user satisfaction.

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  • RDIU (Remote Data and Interface Units)

    Status date: 12 February 2008

    The objective of this project is the development and qualification of a new version of Remote Data and Interface Units (RDIU) enabling to respond to a larger range of telecommunication payloads in a cost effective manner.

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  • TRANSAT - Transport Protocol and Communication Resource Management for Mobile Satellite Networks

    Status date: 07 February 2008

    The aim is to develop a new transport protocol for the satellite link, which makes it efficient to use satellites in internet-based networks or multimedia applications while maintaining compatibility with existing applications and networks.

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  • TV Beyond 2000

    Status date: 07 February 2008

    TV Beyond 2000 is one of the activities in which ESA has acted in a consultancy capacity to the Vatican Television Centre with the aim of improving their worldwide multimedia service initiatives.

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  • Feasibility Study of a Mobile Ku-band System

    Status date: 06 February 2008

    Two parallel ESA studies have examined a lower-cost method of providing in-car European-wide satellite radio.

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  • Phase Shifter Module

    Status date: 06 February 2008

    This project by Alcatel Alenia Space aims at developing a wideband highly integrated phase shifter up to an EQM with an EBB of the driver unit. This equipment will be one of the building blocks of next generation of flexible payloads.

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  • RF Product Family for Telecommunications Phase 3

    Status date: 03 February 2008

    The project objective is to develop a series of booster amplifiers in C- and Ku band and a 10W C band block upconverter designated for the market of VSAT applications such as communication networks, internet services at remote locations, and backbones for rural telephony etc.

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