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UK Space Agency puts extra £50m into space projects

The UK Space Agency has announced £50 million (€56.7m) of funding for innovative projects that aim to “supercharge” the UK’s satellite communications industry. The funding, which comes as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Services (ARTES) programme, is available for a wide range of projects, such as developing new satellite […]

January 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

HummingSat secures ESA support for SWISSto12

Switzerland’s fast-growing aerospace company and a manufacturer of advanced satellite payloads and systems, has confirmed that the HummingSat Partnership Project with the European Space Agency (ESA) is moving forward in the roll-out of the HummingSat satellite product line thanks to fresh subscriptions in excess of €30 million received at the ESA Ministerial Conference Meeting at […]

January 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

ESA partners with Euroconsult

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Paris-based Euroconsult have created a partnership to “empower entrepreneurship and the development of innovative space solutions”. They have signed a Letter of Intent and will focus on European space start-ups. The agreement sees such start-ups getting help and data from Euroconsult “that aim to enhance knowledge and access to […]

January 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

France agrees ESA budget; MEO broadband scheme

France has agreed a significant uplift to its overall contribution to national, bilateral and civil space budgets. The sum comes to €9 billion spread over the next three years and represents a 24 per cent uplift from the current three-year programme which ended in 2022. The budget has a key proviso that the sum must […]

November 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU funding for LEO broadband scheme building

French, German and Italian officials have agreed that their governments will help support the EU’s proposed IRIS² broadband low Earth orbiting satellite mega-constellation. The agreements came on November 22nd at the start of a Ministerial meeting to examine EU and European Space Agency (ESA) projects and future financing. France, Germany and Italy said public funding […]

November 23, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU reaches agreement on LEO system

Ahead of the ministerial meeting due November 22nd-23rd, an agreement was reached between the EU Parliament, European Space Agency and EU member states to invest €2.4 billion ($2.48bn) in the proposed IRIS² low Earth orbiting broadband and sat-nav scheme. The IRIS² (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite) project will build and operate an […]

November 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

ESA expands LEO/SatNav plans

The European Space Agency (ESA) and its Navigation Directorate says it is moving ahead with its plans to improve satellite navigation and perhaps further expanding to include a European – but global – low Earth orbiting fleet. “Now, [with] numerous low Earth orbit constellations already taking shape around the globe, the time is right to […]

October 28, 2022By Chris Forrester

Ariane 6 delayed again

The European Space Agency (ESA) has admitted that the delayed launched of Arianespace’s new Ariane 6 rocket is not now likely to make its debut flight for another year. The new hope is for a launch in Q4 2023. Ariane 6 was first planned to launch in July 2020. Covid hasn’t helped, but with the […]

October 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

ESA PNT contract for Celestia UK

Celestia UK has won a €800,000 ESA NAVSIP (Navigation, Innovation and Support Programme) contract to develop an innovative PNT (Positioning, Navigation & Timing) solution based on LEO satellite constellations for 5G networks and applications, that will boost the reliability and performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Called LEO-SYN+, the ESA project will use LEO […]

September 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

ESA wants initial €100m for LEO test system

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for its member states to fund an initial €100 million for a mini-constellation of between 6-12 low Earth orbiting (LEO) test satellites to launch during 2026. The cash will be used to build and launch the new constellation. If the tests work out then the bill will be […]

September 28, 2022