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This month in satcoms history at ESA

12 March 2014

We mark the 50th anniversary of European cooperation in space with some notable milestones and events from our past:

  • April 1973: Delegates from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, and the UK confirm readiness to participate in the Telecommunications Programme.
  • 15 April 1975: At the final ESC meeting in Brussels, a convention is adopted to set up the European Space Agency, merging ESRO and ELDO.


  • ARTES 1 and 5.1: Satcom Call For Ideas now open continuously

    27 March 2014 ESA is pleased to invite members of the satellite communication industry from European Member States and Canada to participate in the Satcom Call For Ideas. ESA is looking for proposals for long-term preliminary studies and technology development-related activities.

    MIMO techniques for satcoms

    27 March 2014 In a multi-year project supported by the European Space Agency’s ARTES programme, a consortium led by Elektrobit (Finland) explored the challenges of applying MIMO techniques to satellite systems.

    Thales branches out

    17 March 2014 In the fiercely competitive telecom satellite microwave products sector, Thales Alenia Space identified a gap in the market for two new products, a 25/17 GHz band receiver and a Ka-band converter.

    Next stage for Neosat

    26 February 2014 Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space sign a contract with ESA for the next stage in the development of the Neosat next-generation satellite platform.



    ARTES Projects


    Wide-band Direct to Home (WiDiHo) – ITT6613

    The central focus of this project is to establish a Direct to Home system demonstrator for high throughput multimedia applications. More specifically, the goal is to study, develop and validate the system and key technologies for the next generation of high speed IP-based broadcasting and broadband access in future Ka band or Q/V bands satellite systems with wide-band transponders.

    SWAY4Edu

    SWAY4Edu aims to develop a satellite ICT solution to support three main activities in Africa, these being Rural Radios, Electoral eTraining and Space4Education. It is to be an open eTraining network for the Millennium Development Goals.

    New in Documentation


    Final Report: Mímir 2.0

    The objective of the project was to develop Forsway’s one-way Internet over satellite gateway, Mímir, into a carrier grade solution for operators of all sized.

    Final Report: NXY

    The objective of the NXY project was to address the issue of content provision to the satellite broadband end users who are located in remote geographical areas and meet their expectations of IPTV / Video on Demand consumption.

    Latest Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



    Priority 1 Tender
     
    Development of flexible Optical Solar Reflector (OSR)
    Programme Element: ARTES 5.1
    Open from: 11 Apr 2014
    Closes on: 20 Jun 2014
     
    Compact multi-feed-per-beam feed systems
    Programme Element: ARTES 5.1
    Open from: 11 Apr 2014
    Closes on: 20 Jun 2014
     

     
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