Small Geostationary Satellite (SGEO)

SmallGEO is a general-purpose small geostationary satellite platform that is giving European industry the opportunity to play a significant role in the commercial telecom market. The platform is developed through a public-private partnership. ESA is focusing its support on research and development activities through the ARTES Small Geostationary Satellite element while industrial partners finance a substantial part of the development costs.

 

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First SmallGEO mission reaches geostationary transfer orbit

28 January 2017 – The first flight opportunity for the new SmallGEO platform, Hispasat's H36W-1 satellite, was succesfully launched from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, in the early hours of this morning.

SmallGEO media briefing

18 January 2017 – A special media briefing on SmallGEO and its first flight took place on Wednesday 18 January, at ESA HQ in Paris. Hispasat 36W-1 will be the first satellite to use the SmallGEO platform, marking the first partnership between ESA and the Spanish operator.

Hispasat 36W-1 now ready to fly

1 December 2016 – The first telecom satellite built using the SmallGEO platform, Hispasat 36W-1, arrived in Kourou today after completing its final tests at IABG in Germany. Preparations are now being undertaken for the January launch on a Soyuz rocket. 

An embedded GNSS receiver for GEO

7 March 2016 – Using GNSS for autonomous station-keeping is a significant breakthrough that should reduce operational costs and improve pointing performance of telecoms satellites. With the support of ESA, Thales Alenia Space Italia has developed a GNSS receiver module that can be hosted on a spacecraft's on-board computer.

SmallGEO successfully passes mechanical tests

13 January 2016 — The Hispasat AG1 satellite, based on the new SmallGEO platform, has successfully completed the first step of the environmental test campaign. The team will continue the ground test programme to complete the design and performance verifications prior to shipping the satellite to Kourou, French Guiana, for launch later this year.

SmallGEO AG1 undergoes environmental testing

20 February 2015 – The Hispasat AG1 communications satellite completes the integration phase in the OHB System's cleanroom in Bremen (DE) and is now undergoing environmental impact testing.

The SmallGEO - Hispasat AG1 satellite: ready for testing

With the successful mating of the payload and platform modules, another important milestone has been reached in the development of the SmallGEO Hispasat AG1 spacecraft.

A big milestone for SmallGEO

The delivery of the key repeater module marks an important stage in the deployment of the first satellite based on the SmallGEO platform.

Key Hispasat-AG1 Redsat component now ready

The Redsat onboard processor, a key to providing next-generation broadband through far better signal quality and speed at lower cost, is ready to be added to the first SmallGEO satellite platform for launch next year.

Small Geostationary Platform product line

The Small Geostationary Satellite initiative is aimed at the development of a general purpose small geostationary satellite platform which will enable European industry s to compete effectively in the commercial telecom market for small platforms.

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