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Neosat Boosting Europe’s Telecommunications By Satellite
2014-02-21 10:39:01

ESA ESA is forging ahead with the Neosat next-generation satcom platform, planning the first flights within five years. The goal is for European satellite builders to capture at least half of the world’s satcom market in 2018–30 through innovation and efficiency, generating €25 billion in sales. The contract for Phase-B of Neosat was signed today by Magali Vaissiere, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, and Eric Béranger and Bertrand Maureau for...

Alphasat Launches Successfully
2013-07-26 08:23:34

[ Watch the Video: Alphasat Liftoff Replay ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) biggest and most advanced satellite was successfully launched into orbit yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana, the international agency said. Lifting off at 3:54 pm EST, an Ariane 5 ECA rocket blasted into space - placing the Alphasat satellite in orbit 28 minutes later. At 4:38, the ESA began picking Alphasat's signal, a statement said. Alphasat's...

Africa Using Satellites For Banking
2013-06-20 12:14:14

ESA Satellites are making it possible to transfer money between remote locations in sub-Saharan African countries that are otherwise unconnected to the outside world. An ESA project looking at ways to use satellites for services in developing nations where land networks are simply impossible or non-existent gave rise to the Agency´s SatFinAfrica pilot project in 2011. It was so successful that a company called SatADSL was set up in Belgium early last year to provide satcom for...

Artemis: The ATV Whisperer
2012-03-28 03:36:55

ESA´s Artemis communications satellite is in action again to ensure the safe arrival of Europe´s third Automated Transfer Vehicle at the International Space Station with vital supplies. Containing fresh supplies of fuel, water, oxygen, air, food, clothing, experiments and spare parts, ATV Edoardo Amaldi is a true lifeline to the astronauts on the Space Station. A prompt arrival is critical for the orbital outpost. Artemis is dedicated to ATV-3 throughout the vessel´s...

Iris: Watch How Satcoms Help Pilots
2012-03-06 05:16:32

ESA is set to unveil a new interactive display in Amsterdam demonstrating communications via satellite for pilots as part of its pioneering Iris air traffic management project. By 2020 Iris will allow cockpit crews to exchange digital messages with air traffic controllers wherever they are over the oceans and continents. The display shows how controllers will compose and send data messages to aircraft, and then how the pilots respond. A typical message might include instructions from...

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2011-03-25 10:55:00

It's all systems go for Hylas-1, the first satellite created specifically to deliver broadband access to European consumers. Since its launch in November, Hylas has performed well throughout its testing in orbit and is now ready for commercial service. An extensive series of tests has checked the performance of its communications payloads. Conducted from ESA's new testing facilities in Redu, Belgium, the tests have confirmed that the payload, including the antennas, is in good health,...

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2009-12-04 12:40:52

More than a hundred senior managers and experts from European space industry, national agencies and ESA packed a Geneva conference room earlier this week to learn about the commercial opportunities offered by ESA's planned data relay satellite system. The strong attendance from Europe and Canada's space community highlights the growing expectations by industry and potential customers for the planned European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system. Once in operation, EDRS will provide...


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