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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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      | January 2017 |
      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland supports early mission operations of Hispasat 36W-1

      ​In the early hours of 28 January 2017, the first SmallGEO satellite, Hispasat 36W-1, will be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The early mission will be controlled from the German Space Operations Centre (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been supporting the preparations prior to the launch and will be providing the team of 24/7 Spacecraft Controllers (Spacons) for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and the In-Orbit-Test (OIT) Phase, under a contract of DLR, the German Aerospace Centre. For routine operations, the satellite will be then handed over to the Spanish satellite operator Hispasat.

      In particular, the Telespazio VEGA Deutschland Spacon team was providing support to the trainings, such as simulations of various scenarios, manoeuvres, LEOP rehearsals and trainings of possible contingencies on board an on ground. The team was also closely involved in the spacecraft validation tests, controlled from GSOC, during which all on-board satellite systems and ground systems were tested. The Training of the Spacon team for these tasks was developed and performed by an experienced Spacon Team Leader in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland.

      Hispasat
      SmallGEO/Hispasat 36W-1 - Copyright: ESA–P. Sebirot

      About SmallGEO and Hispasat-36W-1

      The Hispasat 36W-1 constitutes the first mission of the SmallGEO platform, developed by OHB System AG (Germany) with the European Space Agency and HISPASAT. The satellite will provide flexible broadband coverage over Europe, the Canary Islands and the Americas.

      The SmallGEO platform line offers satellite operators an entirely European solution in the smaller telecom satellite market by speeding up the production and testing processes, reducing costs and broadening the range of design options.

      Thumbnail: Hispasat 36W-1 satellite - Copyright Hispasat


      Further Links

      Hispasat Website

      OHB Site on SmallGEO

      ESA Site on SmallGEO

      GSOC Website

      Satellite Operations Expertise in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland and worldwide

      Telespazio VEGA Deutschland at Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich

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      | January 2017 |
      The future of simulation for space has started

      ​Humans are usually good at noticing when something ends. Quite often it is more difficult to determine when something new starts. 2017 will mark the first step towards future simulators used for space operations.

      The “Next generation simulators infrastructure – SIMULUS-NG” is a study that will lay the foundation of the infrastructure development for future operational simulators. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is leading the consortium which includes several European companies. Together the consortium will develop the first prototypes of this infrastructure by mid-2018.

      The results of the study will reflect the needs of future operational and non-operational simulators used mainly at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC/ESA) in Darmstadt.

      Operational Simulators today

      Currently, operational simulators are developed individually for each mission with a fixed set of Ground Stations to use for communication and without foreseen interaction with other missions. Exceptions are made for twin missions or constellations; however, these too, are custom-developed. Although there is already a framework in place which guides developers of operational simulators, for example on which standards to use, the needs are expected to change and to become more complex. 

      The future is more complex

      In the future, various space missions might have to be synchronised to cope with increased complexity of space exploration and robotics – this will impact elements such as their control systems, their communication standards (radio, laser) and interfaces, and also the way they are operated. These complex scenarios need to be properly simulated and trained. Simulation Officers might have to operate multiple simulators for training to reflect the operations reality, for example (see illustration) in order to reflect the communication between an Orion module, a habitat, a lunar landing module and a lunar rover. Simulus Illustration Communication.png

      These and more requirements will be explored by SIMULUS Next Generation. Using better standards and models across all future operational and non-operational simulators will enable the European Space Industry to develop simulators more rapidly and more cost-efficiently. Eventually, also smaller missions, such as CubeSats, could benefit from SIMULUS Next Generation. In a few years, they might think back at the beginning of 2017 when it all started.

      Simulation background in Telespazio VEGA

      Telespazio VEGA has been playing a leading role in the development of operational satellite simulators for over 20 years. We have developed simulators, to name a few, for Rosetta, Mars Express, Venus Express, CryoSat/CryoSat2, RADARSAT-2, MSG, SWARM, Lisa Pathfinder, BepiColombo, and most recently ExoMars. The simulators are used to train the operations team and also to support the validation of the ground segment systems and flight operations procedures. They are an essential element to the success of space missions.


      Further Links

      SIMULUS Website

      Simulation in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

      Training in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

      ESOC in Darmstadt

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      | December 2016 |
      Galileo: Spaceopal awarded the management of the European satellite navigation programme's operations

      Spaceopal, equal joint venture between Telespazio and DLR-GfR, won the GSOp (Galileo System Operator) tender, issued by the GSA (European GNSS Agency) for managing the operations of the European Galileo satellite positioning and navigation programme.

      In the presence of the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the contract was signed today in Brussels, at the headquarters of the European Commission, by Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA, by Giuseppe Lenzo and Simon Plum, respectively CEO and COO of Spaceopal.

      The contract will run for ten years, with a value of up to EUR 1.5 billion.

      Spaceopal will assume responsibility for managing the Galileo satellite system and its performance: in particular, the operations and control of the system, its security, logistics and maintenance of the systems and infrastructure, the user support services.

      The GSOp contract extends the scope of activities that Spaceopal has carried out for the Galileo programme since 2010, and includes the overall responsibility for the system's operations and its global maintenance.

      The company will carry out these activities through the two Galileo Control Centres in Fucino (atTelespazio's "Piero Fanti" Space Centre in the L'Aquila province) and Oberpfaffenhofen (at the DLR site near Munich), as well as the GNSS Service Centre (Madrid) and a network of sites and stations distributed around the globe and connected by the Galileo Data Distribution network.

      Spaceopal leads an industrial team that includes the participation of Telespazio and DLR-GfR, Vitrociset Belgium, SES Techcom, T-Systems, INECO, CNES, INRIM and TASF, ESOC.

      Giuseppe Lenzo, CEO of Spaceopal, said: “Spaceopal is honoured and proud to have been selected by the European GNSS Agency as the Galileo System Operator for the next decade. Together with our partners of DLR and Telespazio, and the members of our core team, we have submitted a very reliable and highly competitive proposal, gathering many of the best available competence and capabilities across Europe. It is a privilege to be in the position to continue to support the deployment of the first European Space infrastructure, Galileo, and to contribute to the development of Galileo Services for European and international users“.

      In addition to the planned activities in the Operations field, Spaceopal will provide a fundamental contribution to the development of the Galileo services through a GNSS Competence Cluster, which leverages the experience of its shareholders Telespazio and DLR-GfR and the other GSOp industrial partners, and through an international ecosystem of entities heavily engaged in application development, made up of institutes, Research Agencies, leading companies and SMEs (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Austro Control, BavAIRia, Catapult, Cesah, Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), ERF, Fraunhofer IIS, Globant, Hexagon, Hexagon Geospatial, IABG, IBM, IFEN, IFSTTAR, Indra, ITS Hessen, KSAT, NSL, Qascom, Scisys, Septentrio, Sogei, SUR, Thales Avionics).


      Further Links

      Leonardo press release on spaceopal award

      spaceopal press release

      GSA press release

       

      About Galileo and Satellite Navigation

      “Shooting” with lasers at satellites

      Where is Galileo? We know who knows!

      ESA:  Navigation Facility - Galileo

      DLR: Galileo Control Centre Oberpfaffenhofen

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

      GSSF Website


 

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