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  • Deal signed to boost secure satellite communications

    Disruptive services and innovative features of the next generation of secure satellite communications will be analysed following the signing of a new memorandum of understanding. The agreement extends the cooperation between ESA and the European Defence Agency (EDA), an EU body that promotes and facilitates integration between member states within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

  • GRASP: seizing the benefits of a single antenna design tool

    Reflector antennas are by far the most used technology for telecom satellite and ground station antennas. TICRA, a leading provider of cutting-edge reflector antenna modelling software based in Copenhagen, has now under the ARTES programme made great strides in antenna design – with a product that dramatically simplifies the whole process. 

  • Iodine thruster could slow space junk accumulation

    For the first time ever, a telecommunications satellite has used an iodine propellant to change its orbit around Earth.

    The small but potentially disruptive innovation could help to clear the skies of space junk, by enabling tiny satellites to self-destruct cheaply and easily at the end of their missions, by steering themselves into the atmosphere where they would burn up.

  • Astronauts to boost European connectivity

    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are planning a spacewalk to install a high-speed satellite link that will improve their connections with Europe.

    The system will enable astronauts to connect at home broadband internet speeds – delivering a whole family’s worth of video streaming for communications and a data pipeline connecting the scientific experiments aboard the Station to researchers in Europe.

  • Opportunity: Smart and Uncrewed Shipping

    In the upcoming Announcement of Opportunity economic operators are invited to propose a Demonstration Project addressing the theme of:

    Space for Smart and Uncrewed Shipping: downstream services enabled by 5G and advanced positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)

  • ESA 5G/6G Hub: space to expand connectivity

    A centre for innovation that will showcase how space can enable future generations of telecommunications and connected applications is being developed.

    The Hub – based at ESA’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications at Harwell in the UK – is a place for collaboration, where industry will take advantage of the immense potential of converged satellite and terrestrial communications networks to create innovative applications that benefit society and the environment.

  • Space to accelerate the connectivity revolution

    A centre for innovation that will showcase how space can enable future generations of telecommunications and connected applications is being developed.

  • ESA Council appoints Josef Aschbacher as next ESA Director General

    The ESA Council appointed Dr Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years. He will succeed Prof. Jan Wörner, whose term of office ends on 30 June 2021.

  • 7 years of successful in-orbit operations for ESA Telecoms’ Hosted Payloads on-board Alphasat

    Providing exceptional value for in-orbit technology demonstration at a minimal expenditures, ESA’s Hosted Payloads will have clocked 7 years of continuous operations in-orbit at the end of 2020. At the forefront of laser and Q/V band communications, the Hosted Payloads demonstrate ESA’s Partnership Projects ability to develop, implement and validate innovative end-to-end systems.

  • ESA’s Pacis 3 project moves forward with new GaN Solid State Power Amplifier

    The Preliminary Design Review for the Dual Solid State Power Amplifier (DSSPA) developed by SENER (Spain) in the frame of ESA’s Pacis 3 Partnership Project has been completed successfully. The very first test results obtained on the 10W X-band DSSPA prototype have been presented and exhibit impressive performances.