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Welcome to Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is a well-established consulting, technology and engineering services business. Over the past 30 years, we have built up a first-class reputation in high-technology markets, where quality and reliability are essential. Our roots are in the Space market and the experience we have developed there brings benefits to our other core markets of Aviation and Defence.

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland was created in early September 2012 when Telespazio Deutschland and VEGA Space GmbH merged into one company. These changes were made in order to serve the needs of our markets better and provide more integrated services to our clients worldwide.

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      | June 2016 |
      Having more fun with end-to-end solutions

      Latest after the recent WhatsApp update, everyone knows the term end-to-end encryption. End-to-end solutions in space though? Is space not the equivalent of infinity? We have spoken with Chief Operations Officer, Yves Constantin, wanting to know more.

      Question: There is more and more talk of end-to-end, but all in different contexts. Can you explain what is meant by end-to-end in the space context?

      Yves Constantin: Complex systems have in fact several ‘ends’. On the one hand we are speaking of a whole number of sub-areas to be taken care of, in order to make a mission successful. For the case of a Ground Segment for example we need as a minimum a ground station with antennae, hardware and software for sending and receiving of data. Then we need a control centre from where the satellite is being controlled – and of course the necessary control systems and planning systems enabling this. And last but not least the payload data that the satellite is collecting sending us back, needs to be further processed into a format that is useful for the end user.

      On the other hand we are speaking also about the value chain within each single sub-area: You need many clever heads to make concepts, to plan, develop, operate, maintain or further develop them. We as a company may become expert in one of these areas and dive into the depth of the matter. Or you decide to grow beyond and gradually become expert in all of these areas. Then we are talking about end-to-end: From the planning stage to the use of data. This is after all why we do it: Because of the data in which we are curious; they bring us further, in science, development or knowledge about the Earth and Space.

      What does that mean exactly? In which area do you need to be a specialist?

      Yves Constantin: First we need to be really good in all these areas and understand how they influence each other. Above all, you need to understand how the different interfaces work together and say goodbye to our insular thinking. For example, involving operations teams already at the beginning of the design of a control system may lead to a different solution.

      Isn’t this being done already?

      Yves Constantin: Of course there is collaboration. The difference between an end-to-end solution in comparison with a solution that involves many different service providers shows in the amount of effort for the client and the cost that he has. If the client decides to distribute contracts to several partners, he has to provide more preparatory work and define the interfaces. If not, everybody goes their own way. Bringing them together takes time. However if he decides to give one single contract to a service provider who takes care of everything, he needs to have faith that we do it well – but the client will also save the effort, time and cost.

      Does this mean, looking from the service provider’s perspective, such as Telespazio VEGA, that this causes more responsibility and more work?

      Yves Constantin laughs): First of all it means securing jobs! We don’t bid for contracts to cause more work but because we want to give work to our employees. But seriously: You just have more fun in an end-to-end contract. You can grow your knowledge, you have more exchange between the teams – and less interaction cost for the client. The potential for optimising the solution is also bigger since everything is in one hand. And if the playground is bigger there is also more opportunity for creativity and ingenuity. For this, we like to take the responsibility.


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      | May 2016 |
      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland exhibits at ILA Berlin Airshow

      Press release - Berlin, 31 May 2016

      ​The aerospace company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, the German subsidiary of Telespazio (a Leonardo and Thales company), will be exhibiting at this year’s ILA Berlin Airshow, taking place from 1-4 June 2016 at the Berlin Expo Centre Schönefeld. The event is known to be one of the most important aerospace trade fairs in Europe.

      Telespazio VEGA has decided to showcase a variety of solutions to the trade and public visitors, ranging from support to well-known space missions, the provision of training solutions for the aviation sector to large space broadband offerings. Sister company GAF, an e-GEOS company (80% controlled by Telespazio with 20% participation by the Italian Space Agency) will be co-exhibiting their capabilities in geoinformation services.

      During the industry days (1-2 June), Telespazio VEGA will provide dedicated technology demonstrations to the trade visitors: At the main stand of Telespazio VEGA (Hall 4, 406), the company will showcase a Virtual Maintenance Trainer, developed for the NH90 transport helicopter. Outside hall 4, the space company will also highlight the use cases of space for earth through a demonstration of easy internet access via satellite.

      In addition to this, Telespazio VEGA has played an active role in contributing to the BDLI Space Pavilion, a unique world of experience highlighting the capabilities of the German Space Industry:

      In the Space Pavilion, public and trade visitors will be able to learn how to control satellites after they have been launched into space: an interactive simulation will be offered to guide the visitor. Telespazio VEGA is supporting this activity to promote the importance of the Ground Segment for every space mission. The company is involved in many of the space missions that will be on display in the Space Pavilion.

      Telespazio VEGA is an active member of the BDLI, the German Aerospace Association, one of the organisers of ILA Berlin Airshow. ILA is organised by BDLI and Messe Berlin.

      Press release_ILABerlinAirshow 2016_English.pdfPress release_ILABerlinAirshow 2016_English.pdf

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      | May 2016 |
      Where is Galileo? We know who knows!

      ​On 24 May 2016 at 10:48 CEST, another two Galileo satellites are scheduled to launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. They will join the existing constellation of 12 navigation satellites orbiting our Earth.

      Navigation is highly important for institutional, private and commercial users on our planet; accurate positioning is useful for all types of transportation, agriculture, and also the casual athlete on their Sunday run. But we need to know one thing first to determine our position on the Earth: where the satellites actually are!

      Navigation for Navigation

      We spoke to two of our Telespazio VEGA colleagues in the Navigation Support Office at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, who can answer this question. Telespazio VEGA is one out of several companies involved in the Navigation Support Office activities.

      We are looking forward to the time after the launch,” explains Gwendolyn Läufer, Navigation Engineer in the ESOC Navigation Support Office. “Our work starts during the commissioning phase, the moment the satellite starts transmitting signals, a couple of weeks after launch Users are waiting to see how the navigation solutions improve with two more satellites added to the constellation. And we want to be the first to impress them with centimetre-level orbit predictions of the satellites, predictions that are necessary for the most exciting and exact uses of navigation signals.”04-Navigation-Facility-Vorauswahl-13x19cm-JMai_6763.jpg
      Looking forward to the launch and first position determination: Gwen and our Telespazio VEGA colleagues in the Navigation Facility. - Photo: Jürgen Mai.

      These accurate orbit predictions are possible because of one special fact about navigation satellites: they are constantly broadcasting a signal specifically designed for positioning!  This signal can be received by Galileo receivers all around the Earth; in turn, these receivers provide a constant flow of highly accurate position information used to measure and predict the precise Galileo satellite orbits. In contrast, the orbits of other spacecraft, for example interplanetary probes, must be determined using only their own instruments and information from short uplink and downlink sessions with the ground.   

      Something to be proud of

      The Navigation Support Office was the first analysis centre to perform precise orbit determination for newly launched Galileo satellites,” adds Adam Vigneron, Software Engineer and also Telespazio VEGA colleague. “It's something we're quite proud of!  Imagine this: We calculate a prediction of the satellite’s position with an accuracy of up to 5 centimetres, with the satellite moving at a distance of 23.222 km from Earth. That’s comparable of knowing the position of one human hair currently moving around Wiesbaden while we are on Darmstadt’s Mathildenhöhe!”

      Gwen and Adam confirmed they would both be watching the Galileo launch on 24 May to have a first look which challenges lie ahead. We wish them and the Navigation team an exciting run for the first orbit determination!

      Telespazio VEGA and Galileo

      Telespazio VEGA is highly involved in Galileo in many aspects. Throughout our company, around 35 people are contributing to the programme, among others in the ESOC Navigation Facility.

      In the Software Solutions area, Telespazio VEGA is or has been in charge of different ground systems for Galileo, constantly evolving with the system’s needs:

      • For the development of the Constellation Simulator (CSIM) for the entire Galileo constellation, and related trainings of the Flight Control Team
      • As Prime-Contractor for the development of the hardware-in-the-loop simulator
      • As the company in charge of the Assembly, Integration & Validation Platform (AIVP) for the Ground Mission Segment
      • During the In-Orbit-Validation-Phase (IOV), we supported the testing and validation of the very first four Galileo Satellites
      • We developed the Galileo System Simulation Facility (GSSF): a tool to assess the functional and performance behaviour of the Galileo satellite navigation system
      • Several colleagues have been involved in the Mission Segment Validation through the Thales Alenia Space team in Ditzingen, Germany.

      Prior to the launch, our colleagues in the ICT Team located at ESOC in Darmstadt have ensured that the networks and ICT systems are optimised for the LEOP. With this in mind, we are ready for operations! 

      And we are also proud that a large number of our staff are or will be part of operations during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and then later for routine operations.

      • At the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Telespazio VEGA forms a large part of the permanent Flight Control Team and is providing also the Mission Director for the LEOP through spaceopal. 
      • And since the LEOP will be supported also from the ESOC in Darmstadt, the Flight Control Team there can also count on Telespazio VEGA spacecraft operations engineers in charge of data handling, AOCS as well as Power and Thermal. 
      • At the same time, the Telespazio VEGA GIMUS Team (Ground Infrastructure Maintenance and User Support) will provide additional support for the Ground Station Software Systems during LEOP.

      The launch will be covered via live video stream on www.esa.int.

      About Galileo

      Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control.


      Further Links

      ESA:  Navigation Facility - Galileo

      DLR: Galileo Control CentreOberpfaffenhofen

      Telespazio: The Group's involvement - spaceopal - Galileo Control Centre Fucino

      GSSF Website

 

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