Recent Blog Posts

Milsatcoms 2015: Securing mission-critical, cost efficient and protected Milsatcom -  16 June 2015. London, UK Attend IET Milsatcoms 2015 and gain technical updates on evolution of Milsatcom technologies, enabling next-generation communications services and applications, including High Throughput Satellites, managing ... read more...
Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2), the second Global Xpress (GX) satellite, has successfully completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule. The satellite’s two thermal radiator panels have been successfully deployed and the payload has been switched on marking the beginning of payload testing which will take place from Inmarsat’s GX ... read more...
If you missed the seminar in Birmingham on 27 November 2014, the presentations can now  be found here .   read more...
I've just come across some interesting facts about Sat Coms in an article on the ESA website which I thought I'd share:   ·         Satcoms is the largest sector in the space business; half of all launches are for communication satellites.   ·         Out of a total of 1200 satellites in orbit more than 50% were communications satellites.   ·         ... read more...
  The IET Satellite Systems & Applications TPN recently joined forces with the Events team to deliver a seminar covering the very latest research and development trends in security and efficiency for satellite communications.   The event provided the following content: Showcased new industrial, academic and government research, with a strong ... read more...
The Satellite Systems & Applications TPN have organised a number of excellent events in the past couple of years and here is a reminder of some resources that you can view. HYLAS 1 - From dream to reality HYLAS 1 was the first broadband satellite from Avanti Communications and uses Ka-band technology to deliver high speed, two-way data services ... read more...
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...