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  • Flexible payloads key for satcom industry

    25 July 2015 – Two new products developed by Space Engineering Group (Italy) with support from ARTES will be incorporated in Eutelsat Quantum, a new ESA-supported Public Private Partnership that will develop a new satellite platform entirely configurable in software.

  • 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.

  • Europe's 'chameleon' telecom satellite signed

    The signature for Quantum is signed at the flag-raising ceremony of ESA's European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in the UK on 9 July 2015. The contracts were signed by Magali Vaissiere, ESA Director of Telecom, Nick Daly, MD of Eutelsat UK and Colin Paynter, MD of Airbus Defence and Space UK. Speeches by Magali Vaissiere, Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen and Colin Paynter.

  • The EDA's 28th PT SATCOM meeting hosted by ESA at ESTEC

    On June 30 and July 1, the European Space Agency hosted the European Defense Agency’s PT SATCOM 28th meeting at ESTEC, ESA's space technology center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

  • First workshop on satellite terminals organised in the UK

    24 June -2015 – At the recent satellite terminals workshop in London, it was decided that a European Terminals Working Group would be established so that synergies between involved stakeholders can be fully exploited, enabling future opportunities for satcoms. 

  • EDRS roundtable from Le Bourget now online

    21 June 2015 – Last week's roundtable discussion on EDRS services at Le Bourget that was moderated by Magali Vaissiere, Director of TIA, is now online. Find out more about Europe's bold vision for a space datahighway.

  • Neosat: on schedule

    19 June 2015 – The ARTES Neosat programme is on schedule, and the first two next-generation geostationary satellites based on the new platform are being built for launch by 2019.

  • Hot firing of world's first 3d-printed platinum thruster chamber

    17 June 2015 – The world’s first spacecraft thruster with a platinum combustion chamber and nozzle made by 3D printing has passed its baptism of fire with a series of firings lasting more than an hour. The new thruster is part of an activity supported by ESA through the ARTES Programme.

  • Optical communications: ready for space

    18 June 2015 – At a recent ESA workshop, participants discussed how optical space technologies have matured and could be ready to be applied in commercial satellite systems, with significant advantages.

  • ESA announces Indigo PPP with Intelsat

    16 June 2015 – New technologies to help fully exploit the capabilities of the next generation of high-throughput telecom satellites will be developed under a public–private partnership between ESA and global satellite operator Intelsat. The Indigo project will develop new ground segment innovations that maximise the new capabilities offered by the latest Intelsat EpicNG satellites.