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EU, ESA sign €9bn budget agreement

The European Space Agency (ESA) and EU Commission have agreed a financing budget for the next seven years. The agreement is comprehensive and brings together the 27-nation EU and 22-nation ESA memberships who have created a seven-year Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) which will cover the work of the ESA and its funding for a […]

June 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

Hispasat joins ESA for lunar communication study

Hispasat, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator of the Grupo Red Eléctrica, has joined an international consortium selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and led by Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67 per cent) and Thales (33 per cent), whose purpose will be to study the design of a space infrastructure to provide lunar […]

May 26, 2021

UK companies to build beam-hopping satellite

A group of UK space tech companies are developing a new beam-hopping satellite designed to allow satellites to switch which part of the world they cover, managing real-time surges in commercial demand or responding to emergencies such as natural disasters, thanks to Government funding. Led by LEO satellite communications network OneWeb, the industrial partners have […]

May 24, 2021

ESA awards $182m contracts to Arianespace

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking ahead and beyond the ‘next generation’ Ariane 6 family of rockets and has awarded contracts worth in total $182 million to prime contractor ArianeGroup in order for new cryogenic engines to be developed. While ArianeGroup will coordinate activity there is also business for OHB-backed MT Aerospace as well […]

May 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb links with SatixFy for IFC

Satellite constellation operator OneWeb is linking with SatixFy which develops multi-beam communication antennas. The pair want to tap into demand for In Flight Communications and broadband. The two say they have signed an agreement to develop a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) terminal that will work over the OneWeb network as well as on Geostationary (GEO) […]

March 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

AXESS Networks contributes to ESA Project

AXESS Networks, a global player in satellite-based communications solutions, contributes to the development and implementation of the Unified Communication Services Manager (UCSM), a procurement platform for satellite services that supports governmental satellite communication requirements and intends to simplify the purchasing process. The project and contract are carried out under a programme of and funded by […]

February 24, 2021

UK stays involved in European space strategy

While the Christmas Eve signature on the exit agreement between the UK and the European Union grabbed most of the headlines, the fact is that the Christmas to New Year period saw a number of other announcements made concerning future trade deals and agreements. Cynics might argue that the news had been buried by the […]

January 4, 2021

Arianespace needs more cash

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking its 13 member nations to stump up an extra €230 million ($268m) to aid the development of Arianespace’s next generation Ariane 6 rocket as well as its Vega-6 rocket. The bill could rise. To date the Ariane 6 R&D programme has already cost a budgeted €2.83 billion and […]

November 3, 2020

Ariane 6 suffers further delays

Arianespace has been planning and designing its Ariane 9 rocket for the best part of 10 years. It had been planned to launch a debut test flight this year. That plan is now subject to a severe delay. Arianespace now officially says that the new rocket will not fly until the second half of 2021, […]

July 13, 2020By Chris Forrester

ESA chooses Leicester for new incubation effort

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen to build a £100 million space-tech incubation centre in Leicester, UK. The ESA is not part of the European Union Space Park Leicester is an extension of ESA’s existing Business Incubation thrust for R&D.  It joins Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, Sci-Tech Daresbury in the North West and the […]

June 30, 2020By Chris Forrester