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  • Large turnout for 5th RPAS Workshop at ESTEC

    29 May 2015 – The 5th User & Stakeholder RPAS Workshop revealed growing interest in the new applications offered by the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) with space assets.

  • The twin faces of Janus Aero and Janus Maritime

    20 May 2015 – Teleinformatica e Sistemi (TeS) has announced the first commercial orders for Janus, the new mobile satellite antenna technology for mobile applications that it developed with the support of ARTES.

  • EDA and ESA launch DeSIRE II demonstration project

    15 May 2015 – The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) announce a new project to support the development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) flying in non-segregated airspace.

  • W-band: the next frontier for satcoms

    22 April 2015 – The first ESA W-band workshop highlighted both the potential and the challenges for deploying W-band for satellite communications and the role ESA is playing in supporting the European space industry in this development.

  • Inmarsat transfers BGAN services to Alphasat

    27 March 2015 – UK satcoms operator Inmarsat has transferred its Broadband Global Area Network services to Alphasat, the advanced telecommunications satellite developed in a partnership between Inmarsat and ESA. Inmarsat will be using Alphasat to provide BGAN-based safety services across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

  • Atlas delivers

    16 March 2015 – Three key components of Eutelsat' s forthcoming EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite will be embarking on their first mission into space thanks to Atlas, a recent extension of ARTES 3-4 in which ESA provides assistance in obtaining first flight opportunities for new products.

  • EDRS services for Copernicus

    25 February 2015 – ESA and the European Commission announce that the European Data Relay System (EDRS) will provide services to the EU Copernicus programme, which is to serve as its anchor customer.

  • 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.

  • Testing Sentinel-2A for the European Data Relay System

    11 February 2015 – As Sentinel-2A nears the end of testing before being shipped to its launch site, one of the last jobs has been to make sure the satellite’s laser terminal is up to the job of delivering large volumes of data to the geostationary EDRS satellite.

  • Satellite services and applications: A vital cornerstone of modern society

    Reflecting EU socio-economic priorities, satellite communications is a key sector of the space industry. This article explains its huge (often invisible) impact on the daily lives of citizens. (PDF version also available)