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  • A flexible new satcom-based marine communication system optimises bandwidth at sea

    With support from ESA´s ARTES 3-4 programme, a new integrated marine communications system, has been tested on board five tanker vessels operating in the North Atlantic, US East Coast and Baltic Sea regions.

  • Electra

    Electra is the first Public Private Partnership programme developed under ARTES 33. It is being undertaken in cooperation with SES, one of the word-leading telecommunications satellite operators, with a global fleet of more than fifty satellites.

  • Iris ANTARES study updates draft of satellite communications standard

    The ANTARES Technical specifications and associated implementation guidelines have been updated and the new draft version is available here.

  • Alphasat

    The primary objective of ESA under the Alphasat Programme is to facilitate an early first flight, and in-orbit validation of the Alphabus platform, currently under development with industry.

  • Alphabus: An Extended European Capability

    With the Alphabus product line, European Industry extends its telecommunication satellite range significantly beyond the capabilities of the existing platforms, such as Eurostar 3000 and Spacebus 4000, both with respect to maximum payload power and mass. This development has been initiated, by ESA and CNES, as a coordinated European response to the increased market demand for larger telecommunication payloads for new broadband, broadcasting and mobile communications services.

  • ARTES digital cinema project a commercial success

  • New address for Redu Centre

    Thanks to a decision by Libin local council, the address of the ESA Redu Centre has changed.

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  • Small Geostationary Platform product line

    The Small Geostationary Satellite initiative is aimed at the development of a general purpose small geostationary satellite platform which will enable European industry s to compete effectively in the commercial telecom market for small platforms.