| December 2017 |
Galileo: Four new satellites launched successfully
13 December 2017
Four new satellites belonging to Galileo, the European satellite positioning and navigation programme, were successfully launched on 12 December 2017 from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch took place at 15.:36 local time (19:36 CET) with an Ariane 5 ES launcher.
Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Currently providing Initial Services, Galileo is interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the US and Russian global satellite navigation systems. By offering dual frequencies as standard, Galileo is set to deliver real-time positioning accuracy down to the meter range.
For the first time, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been responsible for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of this mission, overseeing Spaceopal - an equal joint venture between Telespazio and DLR-GfR - in their new role as Galileo Service Operator and LEOP Mission Director.
The LEOP is one of the most important phases of a space mission as it launches the spacecraft, puts it into the correct orbit, and gradually switches on and tests the first satellite elements. For a quadruple Ariane 5 launch such as Galileo Launch 9, this phase will take about 14 days.
The December 12th Galileo launch will be the second launch performed by an Ariane 5 launcher and will bring the Galileo constellation to a total of 22 satellites launched so far: 4 in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites and 18 full operational capability (FOC) satellites.
The GSOp contract that Spaceopal won on December 2016 extended the scope of activities that the Telespazio and Gfr owned company has carried out for the Galileo program since 2010. In particular, since July 1st 2017, Spaceopal assumed responsibility for managing the Galileo satellite system and its performance: the operations and control of the system, the network, its security, logistics and maintenance of the systems and infrastructure, the user support services.
Spaceopal carries out these activities through the two Galileo Control Centres in Fucino 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 Dissemination network.
Since the end of 2016, Galileo Initial Service is available and Spaceopal is actively supporting the completion of the system to expend the services up to full operational capability by 2020.
Telespazio is not only heavily involved in all the phases of the system's operational life span of Galileo through Spaceopal, but plays an industrial leading role in the development of the program, having built, at the Fucino Space Centre, one of the Galileo Control Centre (GCC), which will manage the programme’s constellation and mission and having developed and put in service the Galileo Data Dissemination network.
Telespazio also supports CNES and Arianespace in managing the Launch Centre in Guyana, as well as in operations for launching and placing satellites into orbit, through Telespazio France, and is also engaged in providing a wide range of applications based on Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) in sectors such as civil aviation, rail transport, dangerous goods management and unmanned aircrafts control. Furthermore Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been the prime contractor for both the constellation simulator for the ground control segment (GCS) and the assembly, integration and validation platform for the ground mission segment.
Moreover, an important technological component in the satellites already in orbit, in those to be launched and those still under construction has been developed by Leonardo: the IRES-N2 (Infrared Earth Sensor) attitude sensors used to control the satellites’ position, the innovative PHM (Passive Hydrogen Maser) hydrogen atomic clocks to mark the time and a receiver for the PRS service, designed for government entities and critical infrastructures with special security requirements.
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| November 2017 |
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland to support the ExoMars 2020 mission
Press release - Darmstadt, 21 November 2017
The German aerospace company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales) has been selected by the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC) to develop the operational simulator for the second spacecraft of the ExoMars programme. The mission, planned to launch in 2020, will consist of the Carrier Module (CM) and the Descent Module (DM). The latter will bring a Surface Platform (SP) and a Rover Module (RM) to Mars.
The simulator will reproduce the ExoMars 2020’s behaviour as realistically as possible with particular focus on the ESOC operational interface, such as telemetry generation and reaction to telecommands. This requires accurate modelling the spacecraft and its modules, among others the electrical power generation storage and distribution on board, attitude control and manoeuvres, internal data traffic as well as telecommunications with ground stations.
The development of the simulator was kicked off in August 2017. It will enable ESA to prepare for the mission in several ways: during the development of the real spacecraft, the simulator will be used for several rounds of System Validation Tests (SVTs), starting in October 2018. Later, the Flight Control Team will start using the simulator to prepare for the launch in 2020, the cruise phase, separation of the DM from the CM, and finally for the descent itself and the surface platform operations in 2021.
The reason for this tight schedule is the narrow launch window in which the next ExoMars mission can launch and make use of the optimal trajectory between Earth and Mars.
“We are very proud to be the selected company for the second ExoMars simulator. It shows us that our client trusts us with delivering a complex system within short time, while respecting the highest standards and quality. We have developed the simulators for other exploration missions with equally tight schedules, launch window constraints and complex scientific instruments, like BepiColombo or Herschel/Planck, and aim to repeat this success on the ExoMars simulator.” said Zeina Mounzer, Chief Commercial Officer of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland.
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has already developed several systems for the first phase of the ExoMars programme, and specifically for the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). Among these systems were the Mission Control System, the Mission Planning System as well as the Simulator. Although the second phase falls under the same heading, the two spacecraft are technologically very different and so is the simulator: the 2020 mission comes with a completely new hardware design and newly designed on-board computer, which requires a new development of the simulator for this special mission.
ExoMars is an exciting Mars exploration programme made possible by a large international cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos. The prime contractor responsible for the ExoMars spacecraft in Europe is Thales Alenia Space (a Thales/Leonardo company) and many of the technologies on-board have been developed by Leonardo.
The first phase of the programme involved a Mars Trace Gas Orbiter satellite launched in March 2016 that included an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstration Module. In a second phase, in 2020, a Mars Rover and a Surface Platform will be launched, building on the experience gained through these first steps. The 2020 ExoMars Rover is designed to search for traces of past and present life by collecting and analysing sub-soil samples with a drill, developed by Leonardo. Telespazio is also involved in the ExoMars 2020 mission: the company has designed, developed, and will be maintaining the communication infrastructure (RGCI) for the Rover Control Centre (ROCC).
ExoMars will demonstrate new technologies that will help to pave the way for a future Mars sample return mission.
About Telespazio VEGA Deutschland
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, is a well-established consulting, technology and engineering services business. Over the past 35 years, we have built up a first-class reputation in the aerospace and defence market. Our nearly 400 staff are experts in systems & operations engineering, ICT disciplines and develop ground-based, software-intensive systems for control, planning and data processing, simulations and training. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is a subsidiary of Telespazio S.p.A. (a Leonardo and Thales company): a world leader in GEO information, Satellite Systems & Operations and Satellite Communication.
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| November 2017 |
Space Broadband Products at Agritechnica 2017
12-18 November 2017 - Hannover, Germany
Agritechnica is the world's leading trade fair for agricultural machinery and equipment. Exhibitors from all over the world present new solutions and services for the future of crop production, from seed to storage.
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland's products at Agritechnica
This year, our products will be featured on several stands at Agritechnica, thanks to our trusted partners in this market. See which product can be found where:
FullSAT is the name of our secure and reliable professional satellite solution to access the internet, independent of terrestrial infrastructures. In case of poor or absent terrestrial infrastructures, FullSat provides a primary Broadband Connectivity, for example for farmers.
This solution FullSAT - Gilat has been thoroughly tested by our partner DLG and will be presented at the DLG Stand featuring the joint project agriloc. Visit us in Hall 21 at stand A29b!
Mobile Satellite Services
Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) represent a set of internet, data and voice services via satellite, be it as Suitcase, Embedded, M2M or Telephony version, that can moved and set up to where they are needed.
MSS Suitcase comes in many forms as portable internet via satellite. Be it as primary internet connection, as backup or hotspot; Combining the suitable MSS Suitcase Airtime service with the right hardware for your needs has never been this easy.
Visit our partner Geo-Konzept at Agritechnica to see our MSS Suitcase solutions in Hall 15, Stand K05.
User demands for better connectivity, among other in farming vehicles, is the reason why hardware manufacturers consider our MSS Embedded. With MSS Embedded you can integrate Space Broadband into your hardware and provide end users a high quality product, respecting the increasing connectivity needs of the market.
This year, we will feature a novelty at Agritechnica: The MSS Embedded Hybrid Modem. It combines internet access from mobile network providers and Space Broadband to reduce signal outage times and increase productivity. The Hybrid Modem is featured at
- Geo-Konzept, Vantage, Trimble, Hall 15, Stand K05
- Inovel, Hall 8, Stand D02a
Being independent of mobile networks in rural areas, on expeditions and special missions can be crucial to mission success.
More information about our MSS Voice offer for Satellite Telephony can be obtained at the Geo-Konzept Stand in Hall 15, Stand K05.
About agriloc: Precision Farming
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has contributed to agriloc through its expertise in Satellite Communication, meaning the provision of connectivity to time-critical applications of farms and farming vehicles in the countryside. At Agritechnica, visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about our contribution and in particular about our expertise in Satellite Communication.
agriloc is a Demonstration Project funded by the European Space Agency within the ARTES (IAP) Programme.
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| October 2017 |
Copernicus - Sentinel-5P satellite launched successfully: Set to monitor the Earth's atmosphere conditions
Plesetsk Cosmodrome (Russia) - 13/10/2017
The Sentinel-5P satellite - part of the ESA’s Copernicus Earth observation programme - was launched successfully today at 9:27 GMT (11:27 CET) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, using a Rockot carrier.
This is the first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the atmosphere. The information gathered by the Sentinel-5P will be used through the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service to forecast the quality of the air and for decision-making processes.
The Sentinel-5P will join another five ESA Sentinels put into orbit since 2014.
Since 2013, Telespazio, along with its subsidiary Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, has played its part in preparing the Sentinel-5P mission as part of the contract awarded to it by the ESOC (ESA’s European Space Operations Centre). Telespazio VEGA Deutschland provided a vast array of services: from operations and engineering, to flight dynamics and ICT (network engineering, IT coordination and data systems).
Telespazio is one of the leading industrial partners in Copernicus, a programme coordinated and run by the European Commission, in order to provide Europe with its own Earth observation capacity. The Company has been and continues to be involved in the creation, maintenance, and evolution of the Payload Data Ground Segments (PDGS) for Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-3, the Mission Control Systems for Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-5P and the infrastructure for access to the Earth observation products the Copernicus missions (Copernicus Space Component Data Access – Coordinated Data Access System – CSCDA/CDS).
Within the Copernicus Operations sector, Telespazio’s staff supports to the ESOC during pre- and post-launch phases for the Sentinel satellites, and is responsible for CSCDA/CDS operations, as well as for acquiring data from the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions, from the e-GEOS Space Centre in Matera. In addition, as the main contractor, it will be responsible for managing the end-to-end service for the operations until 2021, and for maintenance and evolution of the entire earth segment of the Sentinel-3 mission.
oreover, it supports AIRBUS in its operational activities for the entire earth segment of the Sentinel-1 mission.ithin the Copernicus Operations sector, Telespazio’s staff supports to the ESOC during pre- and post-launch phases for the Sentinel satellites, and is responsible for CSCDA/CDS operations, as well as for acquiring data from the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions, from the e-GEOS Space Centre in Matera. In addition, as the main contractor, it will be responsible for managing the end-to-end service for the operations until 2021, and for maintenance and evolution of the entire earth segment of the Sentinel-3 mission. Moreover, it supports AIRBUS in its operational activities for the entire earth segment of the Sentinel-1 mission.
In the Copernicus Services sector, Telespazio engages in the activities related to the management of emergencies, land and maritime safety, management of ground resources, and the monitoring climate changes. In fact, the Matera Space Centre is one of three Core Ground Segment stations for the Copernicus programme, and receives radar and optical data acquired by the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 missions.
Finally, Telespazio provides earth observation data obtained from the COSMO-SkyMed and IRS missions to the Copernicus programme.
This article was first published on www.telespazio.com
| September 2017 |
Learn to fly a satellite like a pro in the new DLR_School_Lab of the TU Darmstadt
Press release - Darmstadt, 21 September 2017
The German aerospace company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio S.p.A. (Leonardo/Thales), is supporting the new DLR_School_Lab in Darmstadt. The company is providing simulation software that professionals use to learn how to control satellites. This was made possible thanks to a special collaboration with the European Space Operations Centre (ESA/ESOC).
The School Lab of the TU Darmstadt and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) was opened on 21 September 2017. There, schoolchildren can discover the world of technology and research through exciting experiments.
For the focus area “Space”, the Lab has installed a room which resembles ESOC’s Main Control Room – only that no real satellites will be controlled from there. The satellites come into play with Telespazio VEGA Deutschland’s simulation software, the “Spacecraft Operations Training Centre” (STC). At the console however, the schoolchildren will not notice the difference, for the simulation, the satellite’s behaviour is reproduced as realistically as possible. Trajectory calculations, critical manoeuvres and teamwork are as exciting in the Lab as in real-life operations.
The STC was developed in 2009 by Telespazio VEGA Deutschland in collaboration with ESA to convey spacecraft operations to a young audience, such as students, in a simplified and fun way. Several universities have integrated the STC in their curriculum ever since. Furthermore, the STC is used to teach newcomers and lateral entrants the basics of spacecraft operations before starting to work on real consoles.
Sigmar Keller, Managing Director of Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, was enthusiastic about the installation at the inauguration event of the DLR_School_Lab: “It is a privilege to support the Lab in our home town Darmstadt. Not only because we are collaborating with our long-standing and much appreciated partners ESOC, DLR and the TU Darmstadt, but also because together we are laying the foundation for inspiring schoolchildren for space.”
Telespazio VEGA Deutschland has been developing professional simulation software for satellites for many decades, for example for the ESA missions Rosetta or BepiColombo. Quite often, clients also make use of the associated training services: so-called simulation officers create ideal as well as contingency scenarios that can happen during satellite operations. Leading the Flight Control Team through an intense training plan, they always adapt to the particularities of each individual satellite and mission.
The initiators of the DLR_School_Lab's Satellite Control Room (from right to left, standing): Sigmar Keller, John Lewis, Frank Zimmermann, Stephanie Ueltzhöffer, Marcus Zücker, Reinhold Bertrand. - Photo: Copyright ESA/ Jürgen Mai
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