Satellite – Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS)

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a short-range coastal tracking system currently used on ships. It was developed to provide identification and positioning information to both vessels and shore stations. AIS transponders automatically broadcast information at regular intervals. Navigational status data is transmitted every 2 to 180 seconds, depending on a vessel's activity. In addition, voyage related data is broadcast every 6 minutes. These signals are received by AIS transponders installed on other ships or by land-based systems.

 

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Novel AIS receivers on their way

1 February 2016 – A new satellite to be launched in April by the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) will include two AIS receivers that will improve the identification and tracking of ships anywhere on the seas.

Breakthrough in SAT-AIS antenna design

19 January 2016 – A new SAT-AIS antenna developed with the support of ESA combines higher-gain with a smaller footprint. Clever engineering has reduced its overall size so that up to five could be hosted on a single cubic-metre minisatellite.

VIDEO: safe at sea with satellites

27 October 2015 – At sea, space technology is used to help save lives every day: managing traffic between ships, picking up migrants and refugees in distress or spotting oil spills. Throught the ARTES programme, ESA is at the forefront developing new technologies and satellites to keep us safe at sea.

Norwegian SAT-AIS payload delivered

10 July 2015 – Two Novel SAT-AIS receivers built by Kongsberg Seatex with support from ESA were delivered to the Norwegian Space Centre for launch on the Norsat-1 satellite in early 2016.

ESA gives SAT-AIS a boost

ESA announces a public–private partnership with LuxSpace of Luxembourg and exactEarth of Canada to develop a next-generation SAT-AIS satellite.

Space-AIS data service successfully delivered for efficient vessel tracking

An ESA project supporting the European Maritime Safety Agency´s (EMSA) Blue Belt pilot programme has successfully delivered space AIS data. More than 21,000 ships were detected and 14 million messages were processed during this demonstration.

Paper presented at 62nd International Astronautical Congress

This paper, prepared by ESA and EMSA, explains the European and International context for SAT-AIS, the process for user requirements, main key requirements and the SAT-AIS workplan.

Demo project combines satellite and terrestrial data for efficient vessel tracking

Selected offshore vessels within EU waters and beyond are now in sight of EU customs officials as an ESA demonstration project, in support to the European Maritime Safety Agency´s Blue Belt pilot project, gets fully underway.

Call for participation to the SAT-AIS Initiative Comparative Performance Assessment at System level

ESA is inviting parties with a SAT-AIS system concept (existing or planned) to be part of the SAT-AIS Comparative Performance Assessment exercise. Interested parties are invited to submit their proposals by 12 September 2011.

SAT-AIS - PPP scheme elaboration ITT issued

ESA's ARTES 21 has issued an Invitation to Tender that concerns the elaboration of Public Private Partnership (PPP) schemes for the SAT-AIS Project. Closing date is 12/09/2011.

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