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  • ARTES 4.0 – a new proposal for a new marketplace

    The world space market is undergoing a deep transformation fuelled by the digitalisation of the economy and society. At the same time, many governments recognise the growing strategic importance of space. 

  • Space2connect 2020 Conference

    The European Space Agency is organising the first ever “Space2connect” conference. Space2Connect is postponed to Q2 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new date will be communicated as soon as possible later this year.

  • Iris takes a step closer to becoming a reality for air traffic management

    A workshop on using a new satellite-based air-ground communication system for air traffic management took place at Brussels airport on 2 OctA workshop on using a new satellite-based air-ground communication system for air traffic management took place at Brussels airport on 2 October.

  • Satellite-enabled air traffic control system takes to the skies

    Air travel is set to become safer, swifter and more environmentally friendly thanks to the introduction of space-based technologies.


  • Iris System Takes first flight

    17 July 2018 - Europe is one step closer to a safer, cleaner sky, as the Iris aviation satcom system completes its first set of test flights. 

  • Iris for Aviation

    Iris will relieve pressure on terrestrial communication channels by supplementing them with digital text for position reports, clearances and runway conditions, sent and received between pilots and ATC by satellites to terminals in the cockpit and the flight control facility.

  • Space tech poised to make air travel greener & more efficient

    13 Mar 2019 - Several national air traffic control organisations have agreed to trial the commercial system, including those of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

  • SESAR Deployment Manager and European Space Agency sign MoC

    On 19 Jul 2019, SESAR Deployment Manager and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation marking the start of the collaboration between both organisations to coordinate between the deployment of the satellite-based communication system (Iris) and SESAR Deployment in Europe. 

  • Preparing for air traffic control via satellite

    20 Dec 2016 – Flight trials were recently undertaken by ESA and Inmarsat in the next stage of the ARTES Iris Precursor programme to deliver high-capacity secure digital data links via satellite. 

  • ESA signs Memorandum of Cooperation with SESAR

    15 Sept 2016 - ESA and the SESAR Joint Undertaking have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to work more closely in modernising air traffic management through satellite-based communications.