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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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      | April 2016 |
      How Sentinel-1B keeps us busy

      ​People around the world will be looking at the next Sentinel launch, scheduled for 22 April 2016 at 23:02 CET hrs from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Only, for different reasons: While for some teams the real work begins after the launch, for others it will represent the peak of their activities or a change of activities.

      With Telespazio VEGA Deutschland’s teams as example, many different specialists have been contributing to ESA's Sentinel-1 mission, both the A and now also the B satellite in the areas of Ground Segment Systems, Systems Engineering and ICT.

      Sentinel: A good mission to work on

      Over the past months, a team from Telespazio VEGA has been preparing the necessary ICT infrastructure at the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, needed for the Sentinel-1B launch and the Launch-and-Early-Orbit-Phase which follows. After its completion, the team will continue their “every day” job: Ensuring smooth routine operations.

      On the other hand, for the Telespazio VEGA team behind a core element of the ground segment, the launch has a different significance: The team has been contributing to the development of the Sentinel-1 Payload Data Ground Segment for ESA already much earlier; the two core subsystems – the PDGS Monitoring and Reporting (PMR) and the PDGS Resource Monitoring, Alarm and Control (RMA) – have already been deployed at seven Sentinel-1 Stations and have been operational ever since the Sentinel-1A launch in 3rd April 2014. ESA's Sentinel satellite, which will be joining its identical twin, can rely on the existing systems and trained teams onsite to fulfil its mission.

      The teams that are probably most excited about the launch, are those located at ESOC, such as the Flight Control Team or Ground Operations Teams that are partly Telespazio VEGA staff - – under the overall leadership of an ESA “Flight Director”. Once launched, the real satellite will be handed over to them for the first time. They have been prepared by expert simulations officers for this “moment” and the operations, among others also by a Telespazio VEGA colleague. Of course, we hope that the simulations were realistic enough to make the transition into real operations as smooth as possible – and the perceived change will not be as noticeable.

      About Sentinel-1B and Copernicus

      The Sentinels, a new fleet of ESA satellites, are delivering a wealth of data and imagery that are central to Europe’s Copernicus programme. The first in the series, Sentinel-1, carries an advanced radar instrument to provide an all-weather, day-and-night supply of imagery of Earth’s surface.

      Thumbnail: Sentinel-1B heading for orbit (ESA / ATG medialab) 


       Further Links

      Telespazio’s role in the Copernicus programme and inSentinel-1B

      Copernicus Programme Website

      ESA and Copernicus and in particular Sentinel-1B - ESA Space Operations in Darmstadt

      EUMETSAT and Copernicus

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland and Sentinel-3: PDGS - Operations

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      | April 2016 |
      Agriloc User Workshop hosted by Telespazio VEGA

      ​Anyone who has ever sat on a tractor would easily get the impression that this is something like a rolling high tech control centre. Long gone are the times of rural offline romance. Nowadays, agricultural machines are not only fully automated and digitalised; they depend on a permanent connection to the internet, even in the event that 30 schoolkids would use their smartphones simultaneously in a passing bus, challenging the mobile network to the fullest.

      Into this gap steps the project agriloc, which last week has been paying a visit to Telespazio VEGA Deutschland for the first time. During this third User Workshop, requirements of big farmers, end users and experts have been discussed, who are all relying on a permanent connection to the internet, for instance to ensure accuracy of positioning to the centimetre and automatic control of the tractor.

      The tractor goes online - via satellite

      Among the participants were also those companies developing the new technology, looking for feedback from users and end users, urgently needed. In that frame, Telespazio VEGA develops a satellite modem, which can be integrated into the tractor easily. In case of a poor GSM or LTE connection, the modem will automatically come to life and take over the data transmission via satellite. During test campaigns, the driver can see which transmission path is currently used thanks to a dedicated app. The necessary uplink- and downlink bandwidth is also provided by Telespazio. Workshop photo.png
      The agriloc user workshop participants: Experts on Space Technology, Farming vehicles and Testing.
       

      Osman Kalden, in-house manager of this development at Telespazio VEGA, was very satisfied with the feedback received during the Workshop. ‘To us it is really important to be able to speak to the end user and to get direct feedback. It will be down to very basic questions, if the system can be used eventually. Like if the interfaces of the modem match to those of the tractor, how user friendly the system is, if the bandwidth is sufficient, how fail-safe it needs to be or what performance farmers are really expecting. These are all questions that only experts with hands-on experience can answer.’

      Thoroughly controlled - thoroughly tested

      Using a permanent internet connection and receiving more accurate positioning data, also puts John Deere, international manufacturer of agricultural vehicles, in a position, where they can improve their products. More accurate positioning data also means that the automatic control needs to be developed further. And then the question to the end user arises: how precise can and must the control achieved be? On huge agricultural surfaces eventually every centimetre and every degree of deviation counts.

      It is the duty of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), whose representatives have closely followed the Workshop, to clarify if the components can work together effectively in the end. For only if the new technology has been tested and certified successfully, it can be put on the market after the demo phase in March 2018 and can then be beneficial for many end users.

      ‘There will be many more Workshops before we have a product that is ready for serial production’, continues Osman Kalden. ‘Until that date we have to carry on developing, testing und reassuring ourselves that we are delivering the product that the customers, i.e. the farmers, need.’

      However, at the end of the Workshop the attendees were allowed leaving their area of expertise for a moment to take a guided tour through ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre nearby. And also there they found experts on accurate navigation; for example on Earth but also when it comes to journeys to distant comets.

      Thumbnail: John Deere


      Further Links

      Agriloc Website

      Agriloc on the ESA ARTES 20 Website

      John Deere Website

      DLG Website

      Satellite communication portfolio in Germany

      Networks & Connectivity in Telespazio

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      | April 2016 |
      Telespazio VEGA employee joins suborbital flight programme

      Performing research under micro-gravity conditions is not exactly a new trend; Telespazio VEGA has been active in this sector for years and has been helping researchers to find the right suborbital vehicle for their payload and research objectives.  Possum 1.jpg

      What is new this year: Telespazio VEGA employee Ahmed Farid has successfully applied with a program called POSSUM to perform practical suborbital flights. Supported by the company, his onsite classes have started this week and we can expect to get exciting insights! 

      Apart from the simulations and real high-g flights, Ahmed will be following onsite classes, for example to learn about the mesosphere, concept of remote sensing, noctilucent cloud observations, aerospace physiology, how to operate a spacesuit and much more. Updates on his activities are published on the POSSUM Facebook Fan page as well as on the Telespazio VEGA Twitter account.

      About POSSUM

      Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) is a non-profit suborbital research program devoted to the ongoing observation of our upper atmosphere. PoSSUM Instrumentation is supported by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program as the 'Noctilucent Cloud Imagery and Tomography Experiment’.

      The mission is to conduct novel upper-atmospheric research enabled by next generation commercial space vehicles now become operational. Side research gained is to better understand climate change gasses. The scientist Astronaut program graduates will communicate this science to the general public, and the understanding of the global climate to have a global solution. The program graduates come from over twenty countries and all six continents.

      About Suborbital Space Flight in Telespazio VEGA

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland offers a competitive way too access microgravity conditions in space, through flexible, efficient & cost effective suborbital spaceflights. Telespazio VEGA provides an end-to-end package of services for each key step of the suborbital flight, from initial enquiry through payload integration, to the return of the payload to its customer after the flight.


      Further Links

      POSSUM on Facebook and on Twitter

      Telespazio VEGA on Twitter

      Suborbital Space Flight offering

      SubSpace Fact Sheet

 

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