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  • 1964-2014: fifty years of European cooperation in space

    We mark the 50th anniversary of European cooperation in space with some notable milestones and events from our past:

    • 11 May 1978: The successful launch of OTS-2 (Orbital Test Satellite-2), the first ESA telecoms satellite.
    • 29 May 1969: As a part of the Aerosat programme, an ad hoc air traffic control expert group is set up by ESRO.
    • 30 May 1975: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany (Federal Republic), Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom sign the convention establishing ESA.
  • Next stage for Neosat

    Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space sign a contract with ESA for the next stage in the development of the Neosat next-generation satellite platform.

  • ASMS/SPSC 2014

    Learn about recent advances and emerging technologies in mobile, broadband and broadcast satellite communication systems at ASMS/SPSC 2014, in Livorno, Italy, on 8-10 September.

  • 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.

  • Alphasat's Q/V-band payload ready for action

    European scientists can begin testing the higher-frequency Q- and V-bands at 38 and 48 GHz., as Alphasat´s ‘Aldo Paraboni Q/V Band´ hosted payload is now operational.

  • Portable telemedicine device for medics

    Medical professionals working under challenging conditions in remote areas test a versatile new satcom-enabled diagnostic device

  • A promising approach for deorbiting retired spacecraft

    In a project funded by ESA, Surrey University (UK) has developed a unique way to deorbit end-of-life satellites. It is nearing its first test in space.

  • A versatile next-generation satcom modem

    ND Satcom's next-generation satcom modem, the SKYWAN 5G, is a bi-directional MF-TDMA and DVB unit that supports voice, video and data applications in the most bandwidth-efficient manner possible.

  • COM DEV to supply TT&C transponders for FORMOSAT-7

    COM DEV Europe has been awarded a contract to supply TT&C transponders for the first six FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft.

  • Workshop on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

    The 4th User/Stakeholder Workshop on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems will take place on November 29th, 2013, at the ESA ESTEC Centre, in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.