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  • Decisions from the 290th ESA Council meeting

    The ESA Council met today in its 290th session and took some important decisions regarding the Executive’s senior management.

    ESA’s 22 Member States approved the Director General’s proposal to appoint Elodie Viau as Director for Telecommunications from 1 September 2020, succeeding the current director, Magali Vaissiere.

  • Opportunity: Space and 5G Convergence: Transport & Logistics

    The current opportunity “Space and 5G convergence: Transport & Logistics” is open for companies to submit ideas for demonstration projects focusing on the development and pilot of sustainable downstream services addressing UK Government’s priorities in the Logistics sector. 

  • Space-equipped lab tests key workers for COVID-19

    Space-enabled tests are underway to empower healthcare workers, civil protection volunteers and members of the emergency services to help other people.

    As the immediate crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic fades in Europe, extensive testing systems are needed to enable the vital economic recovery.

  • Mobile ad hoc networks bolster public safety operations

    The role of telecoms in any emergency setting is fundamental and there is a growing demand for wireless broadband data transmission during crisis operations. ARTES Core Competitiveness have recently co-funded the project ‘Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) with satellite access for public safety operations’ with German safety and security specialist IABG, to enhance MANET services using satellite access.

  • Flight trials for greener aviation set for take off

    Commercial flight trials that use satellite-enabled communications to reduce the environmental impact of flying are scheduled to commence once normal traffic levels resume.

  • ESAIL maritime satellite ready for launch

    The ESAIL microsatellite for tracking ships worldwide – developed under an ESA Partnership Project – has completed its accommodation on Vega’s new dispenser for small satellites and is ready for launch. 

  • Funds increase for space in response to COVID-19

    Some €10 million is now available for proposals to use space to improve healthcare and distance learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Italian national delegation to ESA.

  • Bike routing app uses space for cyclists

    A navigation app that guides people on safer, more enjoyable bike journeys will be launched later this summer as social-distancing measures encourage more cyclists to take to the road.

  • Space-enabled mobile bio-lab to test key workers for COVID-19

    A deployable laboratory that can test frontline healthcare staff, civil protection volunteers and police forces for the coronavirus has left Belgium and is on its way to Piedmont, Italy.

  • Airbus Ku-band high power feed chains become a bestseller

    Launch conditions together with the need to operate at high power levels presented a particular challenge when Airbus Defence and Space engineers – under the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme – set about developing a new series of Ku-band antenna feed chains.