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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

Thales highlights 2023 plans

Thales Alenia Space has praised the European Space Agency (ESA) and its $16.9 billion (€15.9bn) – up 17 per cent – budget for the next three years. Against this backdrop, Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67 per cent) and Leonardo (33 per cent) said it would be building on 2022’s success where […]

January 5, 2023

Intelsat readies Galaxy launches

Intelsat’s Galaxy-35 and 36 will launch on December 13th subject to the usual weather considerations. The pair will be launched by an Arianespace rocket (Flight 259) from the Kourou, French Guiana spaceport. It will be the third launch this year by an Ariane 5 rocket. The two satellites will be joined on the launch by […]

December 9, 2022By Chris Forrester

Integrasys starts Space4Green project

A new project coordinated by Integrasys, Space4Green, started on November 23rd with a kick-off meeting in Seville, where the team had the opportunity to present their software solution. They exposed the objectives and the overall idea of the project, which has been carefully curated with other nine European businesses, composed not only of technological partners […]

December 1, 2022

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

France commits to EU broadband scheme

France has agreed with other major European nations and is the prime supporter in cash terms for the EU’s request for extra funding for the proposed European Union’s medium Earth orbiting satellite broadband system. France will pay “up to €300 million” for the broadband system although the commitment is somewhat dependent on which consortium wins […]

November 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU approves €6bn independent LEO fleet

The EU has given the go-ahead for an independent European Low Earth Orbiting fleet of broadband and satellite navigation craft. The name for the project is IRIS2. An EU ministerial conference approved the spend of €6 billion Internet system in order to ensure Europe’s security by reducing its reliance on foreign – that is non-European […]

November 18, 2022By Chris Forrester

EU on verge of deciding LEO broadband system

A ministerial meeting in Brussels scheduled for November 17th with EU official and lawmakers could reach a decision on Europe’s plans for an independent satellite broadband and GPS system. The intention is for Europe to have its own low Earth orbiting satellite broadband and sat-nav system which would provide back-up in emergency situations as well […]

November 11, 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