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    | July 2017 |
    Telespazio VEGA Deutschland to develop Cockpit Procedure Trainer for CH-53GS/GE Helicopter

    Press release - Darmstadt, 3 July 2017  

    The German aerospace company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (Leonardo/Thales) has been awarded a contract by Airbus Helicopters to develop a Cockpit Procedure Trainer (CPT) for the CH-53GS and CH-53GE Helicopter.

    The GS and GE variants of the helicopter, used by the German Air Force, are currently being modernised by Airbus Helicopters to overcome arisen obsolescences. The cockpit modernisations which include the Autopilot, Flight Management, Communication and Display Systems require an adapted training tool to enable the pilots to obtain or hold their type-rating.

    The development of the CPT has been kicked off in May 2017 and will be undertaken in parallel to the actual helicopter modernisation. The CPT development is planned to be completed by November 2018 for the GS version and in April 2020 for the GE version.

    The delivery of the CPT will benefit from the existing hardware used by the German Air Force: Previously, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland had already developed a CPT for the GA version of the CH-53 helicopter. This CPT has been used by the German Air Force ever since its delivery in 2011. Among others, four replicated cockpits have been installed for training at the Hubschraubergeschwader 64 in Laupheim and Holzdorf, Germany.

    The CPT for the GS/GE versions will subsequently be largely based on the experience that the Training Solutions team in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland have gathered over many years. The CPT for the GS/GE versions will be fully compatible with the replicated cockpits, the separate instructor stations and be delivered also for PC based classroom training as well as mobile version for flexible training on Laptops. This combination of training methods has been positively received by the German Armed Forces in the past.

    The success of winning the development of the new CPT is another milestone for Telespazio VEGA Deutschland to stay active within the CH-53 product family. It also shows that the offered training features have been well selected for the expressed training needs. Among others, the CPT will include interactive schematics for further in-depth understanding of the helicopter. In addition, the separate instructor station enables the trainer to monitor and influence in real-time the training at any given moment without the need to be in the cockpit, while having a complete overview and control of the cockpit. The CPT enables the instructor also to make use of the generator for threat scenarios and tactical manoeuvres.

    Press Contact

    Alexandra Sokolowski
    Tel: +49 (0) 6151 8257-764
    Mobile: +49 (0)162 21 48 175


    Sikorsky CH-53GS Germany Air Force |  Curimedia PHOTOGRAPHY (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

    3D model of CH-53GA Mockup for CPT | Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

    PDF Version of Press release

    PressRelease_CH-53GS English 2017-07-03.pdfPressRelease_CH-53GS English 2017-07-03.pdf 

    | June 2017 |
    Asteroid Day - 24 hour broadcast

    The Asteroid Day is a UN official global day of education to help protect Earth from asteroids, observed on 30 June. For this occasion, there will be a live 24 hour broadcast with contributions from all over the world, among others from NASA, JAXA and ESA.

    Within the ESA broadcast focussing on Space Situational Awareness, starting at 10:30 CET, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland will be presenting its contributions to the DLR/CNES mission MASCOT which is planned to land on an asteroid in 2018.

    The MASCOT Lander module after successful integration | Copyright DLR (CC-BY 3.0) 

    Where to watch

    Go to and watch the 24 hour telethon, starting at 3:00 am CET. Check the schedule and line-up here.

    Learn more about MASCOT on the dedicated DLR site or read the interview with Federico, the Project Manager for the MASCOT On-Board Computer.

    | June 2017 |
    How to teach an astronaut to become an astronaut

    ​As much as a teacher needs to study how to become a teacher, the same applies for instructors who teach astronauts to prepare for their mission. This May, we were part of a significant change at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC/ESA) in Cologne: a new instructor training course (ITC) was launched.

    The ITC is one of the pre-requisites for any instructor working at EAC as part of the International Space Station (ISS) programme. For years, EAC has been using an adapted version of the NASA ITC, with an American guest instructor coming to Cologne, running it in conjunction with ESA. However, as times change, ESA required a stand-alone course during which future instructors design and develop their teaching practice lessons.

    The result of a dedicated workshop revealed that there was a need to introduce some significant changes to the timeframe of the training. In addition, the responsibility to run the ITC lies now with EAC instructors.

    We are proud to say that our staff, working as instructors at the EAC, not only supported the development of this new ITC, but also were in charge of administering and delivering it for the first time. Six students – and thus future astronaut instructors – participated in this first new ITC and successfully completed it.

     DSC_3076.jpgSmall insight into our proud team at EAC, training the future astronaut trainers.

    Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been supporting the European Human Space Flight Programme for 20 years: our involvement started with an experiment we flew in cooperation with the German Space Agency (DLR) on the Mir space station in 1997. Since then, we have developed a long-term relationship with the European Astronaut Centre, ESTEC and DLR on the Columbus programme.

    Further Links

    Training Solutions

    EAC Website

    Theoretically, I could be an astronaut - An interview

    Telespazio VEGA Deutschland in Cologne

    | May 2017 |
    SatCom solutions presentation at the geo-konzept Open Day

    ​On the weekend of 20 May, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland was invited to participate in the Open Day organised by geo-konzept. Geo-konzept is a company providing satellite navigation and GIS technology for agriculture and forestry. More than 1000 experts attended the event. GeoKonzept Open Day 2017 20.JPG

    During the Farm Festival, which marks also the 25th anniversary of geo-konzept, Telespazio VEGA exhibited a number of SatCom products, such as a Fly-Away System, a stationary system as well as mobile solutions like BGAN terminals, hybrid modems and satellite telephony. A live demo of the solution was given through the mobile demonstrator of the company, the SatCom car, providing the visitors with free WiFi.

    Agricultural applications and services are becoming more and more dependent on accurate navigation data and a constant stream of data, be it through the mobile network (such as LTE) or, as presented by Telespazio VEGA, through a satellite link. The company has already gained many years of research and experience in this field, collaborating with John Deere and DLG on a hybrid modem for tractors. Geok-konzept.png

    More SatCom solutions and the prototype of the hybrid modem will be on display at Agritechnica in autumn 2017 at the agriloc stand.

    Further Links

    Agriloc and the hybrid modem


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    | April 2017 |
    Change of Leadership in Telespazio VEGA Deutschland

    Press release - Darmstadt, 25 April 2017  

    After 20 years in the company, Yves Constantin is retiring as Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland. He is confiding the leadership of the company to Sigmar Keller (CEO) as Managing Director with whom he has been leading the company together for the last five years.

    As of 1 May 2017, the COO responsibilities will be assigned ad interim to Sigmar Keller until a new organisational structure is in place which will be announced within the next few weeks.

    Yves Constantin informed all employees already one month ago in a personal mailing, thanking them for the incomparable and rewarding time, team work and for sharing a passion for fantastic space missions and exciting projects:

    “I had the privilege to lead many exciting changes in this company. Since its pioneer time, we went through dramatic changes: size and structure of the Company on the one hand, changes of ownership on the other hand. These affected all of us to a notable degree, but always bringing a number of new opportunities. It is now my turn to step down and let younger talents take more responsibility in shaping the future of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland.”

    Sigmar Keller expressed his gratitude for the excellent collaboration during all these years. He emphasised Yves Constantin’s great contribution to the success of the company and to its positioning in the German aerospace market. He wished him an exciting continuation of his personal life.

    Yves Constantin was appointed Managing Director of former Telespazio Deutschland in 2005 which he led until the merger with VEGA Space in 2012. At that date he was appointed Chief Operations Officer of the new entity Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH and continued his role as Managing Director until April 2017.

    PressRelease_ManagementChange_2017-04-25 English.pdfPressRelease_ManagementChange_2017-04-25 English.pdf 

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