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The European robot probe Philae has made history by making the first landing on a comet after seven hours of descent from the Rosetta spacecraft. The control room at Darmstadt received the signal confirmation that Philae had landed at 1605GMT. Philae is now talking to the control room and images from the surfaces are being processed before being... read more...
Affordable space-based capability - SBRI - Opens 22 October 2014 This CDE themed competition seeks proof-of-concept research proposals for novel technologies that could lead to a step change in UK military space-based capability or substantially reduce the cost of the systems. Further details of this competition and others that... read more...
Two of the biggest challenges facing suppliers and academic institutions working within the space industry are providing ‘flight heritage' for their systems and components, and the long lead times associated with proving space technologies. Satellite companies and others in the space area are understandably reluctant to trust new... read more...
The European Space Agency (Esa) have announced Wednesday, 12 November 2014 as the date for the historic comet landing attempt.  The Rosetta Satellite which is currently orbiting Comet 67P will drop a robot from a height of 20km.  All being well, the lander will free-fall and make contact with the comet's surface at approximately 15.35... read more...
Call For Sponsors - Explore Your Universe @ W5 National Space Science Public Engagement Programme 2014-15 W5 has been successfully selected as one of 10 UK wide organisations to participate in Phase 2 of a National Space Science Programme; 'Explore Your Universe: Atoms to Astrophysics'. This groundbreaking  initiative provides an... read more...
The IET Satellite Systems & Applications TPN organises an annual programme of engineering activities covering the industry.       All of these events and activities are made possible by the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers.   If you would like to know more about our committees, or would like to be a volunteer for us, please get... read more...
This June the IET Satellite Systems and Applications Network held a debate looking at government policy and technical issues around rural broadband.   ‘Rural broadband debate: reaching the last few %’ was held in London on 10 June and saw 50 delegates come together to discuss the issues with experts from the fibre, wireless and satellite... read more...
Posted by Keri Allan on IET Satellite Systems and Applications Network Aug 14, 2014 2:35 GMT
Inmarsat plc has recently announced its aim to deploy an integrated telecommunications network to deliver aviation passengers connectivity services on an EU-wide basis. To achieve this ambition, Inmarsat confirmed its order for a new S-band satellite , to be called Europasat, and expects to complement this satellite with a fully integrated... read more...
Do you have a brilliant idea that uses satellite navigation technology?  The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for individuals, teams or companies with ground-breaking ideas in applying positioning, navigation or timing technology, to rapidly accelerate their ideas into successful businesses. Whether... read more...
Excellent news that the UK government has backed plans for a four-fold expansion of the UK space industry to £40bn by 2030. Plans for developing a commercial spaceport in the UK look interesting as well.   For more details on this BBC article click here . read more...