| February 2018 |
High-speed internet now available all around the globe
Darmstadt - 8 February 2018
Internet via satellite is closing the broadband gap. The German Agricultural Society (DLG) has tested a stationary satellite dish installation – very good results at manageable cost
(DLG / Telespazio VEGA). Providing the population with fast internet in the industrial sector is a highly discussed topic on the news. In large parts of rural areas, download rates of 25 Mbps or more are still nothing more than wishful thinking. Even when fast internet is theoretically available, farmers, whose farms are located at the edge or outside the residential areas, often receive only small bandwidths. The reason for this is that a large part of the internet speed is lost at the “last mile” due to signal damping. Looking at broadband expansion, isolated farms regularly have to bear the development costs of terrestrial, cable-based broadband access.
In these cases, a wireless internet supply via satellite DSL can close this gap. To this end, the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e. V.) has tested the operational behaviour of a suitable hardware solution from Telespazio, consisting of a satellite dish, an interactive LNB and a professional DSL modem, and has collected important performance data. The award of the quality seal “DLG APPROVED” confirms standard ping times as well as upload and download rates far exceeding the requirements of the DLG Examination Board. The performance has been assessed in a long-term test over three months. The system allows for a geographical allocation via the IP address and thus access to country-specific offerings; the power consumption is at 26 W with 230 V supply voltage.
Subsequently, a fast internet access via satellite can be provided anywhere, also in currently underserved areas or in case of (too) great distance to the next telecommunication distribution frame. The running costs of this solution are comparable with terrestrial offers; merely the hardware costs for the satellite dish and the associated professional modem, starting at around 600 € plus installation, have to be considered on top. The stationary satellite solution is, according to the manufacturer, resistant towards various weather conditions and can be purchased by business clients, including farmers. Further services in the Telespazio offering are a 24/7 first level help desk, service level agreements (SLA) and quality of service (QoS) functionality.
The DLG test report with all detailed results is available free of charge online (in German):
DLG-APPROVED for individual criteria
A “DLG APPROVED test for individual criteria” quality mark is awarded to farm machinery that has passed a limited test programme within a DLG usability test which is conducted in accordance to independent and approved assessment criteria. The purpose of the test is to highlight a product’s specific innovations and key features. The test may be carried out either to criteria laid down in the “DLG Full Test” framework for technical products or may include further features and properties that confirm a specific value to the product. The minimum standards to be applied to the product, the test conditions and procedures as well as the criteria by which the test results are to be evaluated are defined in cooperation with a DLG group of experts. These parameters reflect the acknowledged state of the art as well as scientific findings and agricultural insights and requirements. After a product has passed the test, a test report is published and the quality mark is awarded and will remain valid for five years from the date of award.
The DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs
The DLG Test Centre Technology and Farm Inputs in Groß-Umstadt is the benchmark for tested agricultural products and farm inputs, as well as a leading testing and certification service provider for independent technology tests. The DLG test engineers precisely examine product developments and innovations by utilizing state-of-the-art measurement technology and testing methods gained from practice.
As an accredited and EU registered testing laboratory the DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs offers farmers and practitioners vital information and decision support for the investment planning for agricultural technology and farm inputs through recognized technology tests and DLG testing.
Caption: For very good performance, the DLG awarded the quality seal “DLG APPROVED”, within the criterion “Operational Behavior”, to the stationary satellite installation “FullSAT-Gilat”, providing internet via satellite
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| January 2018 |
Award for Best Practice Corporate Mobility and Commuting Management
End of 2017, the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce (IHK) assigned Telespazio VEGA Deutschland an award for exemplary commitment to sustainable mobility. The company has developed a detailed commuting and mobility management programme for its staff, which is now certified.
(From left to right) Certificate handover for the IHK audit on Corporate Mobility Management: Miriam Schifferdecker, Corporate Mobility Representative Telespazio VEGA Deutschland; Sigmar Keller, Manging Director Telespazio VEGA Deutschland; Ralph Hahl, Managing Director FRIPA GmbH / General Assembly Member of the IHK Darmstadt's Traffic Committee; Heike Mühlhans, Managing Director of ivm Frankfurt RheinMain
The goal of the concept was to reduce mobility cost for staff, solving specific traffic issues in the region and sustainably contribute to the protection of the environment. A tailored staff survey in which 57 % of all Darmstadt-based staff participated led to a smart mix of measures to shape commuting, caused by Telespazio VEGA, as effectively as possible.
Among others, Telespazio VEGA staff receive now a discount on their annual public transportation tickets and are encouraged to cycle to work more often, for example through the initiative “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit”. On top, they can join the Job-Bike Programme, which enables them to lease their desired bike through Telespazio VEGA and save money. The survey and analysis showed also that the international background of Telespazio VEGA’s staff with over 30 nationalities required more information on mobility offers in the area, be it for public transport, parking, ridesharing, car sharing, bike rental or bike maps. All this information is now centrally and transparently available to all staff.
Telespazio VEGA developed this commuting concept in the frame of the operational mobility management programme „südhessen effizient mobil“ (‚South Hesse efficiently mobile‘). Cooperation partners were also the local coordinating unit of the of ivm GmbH mobility management („Integriertes Verkehrs‐ und Mobilitätsmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain“/‚Integrated Traffic and Mobility Management of the Frankfurt and Rhein Main areas’) and DADINA.
Report on Corporate Mobility Awa (DADINA) - German
| 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.
Further Links about Satellite Navigation
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ESA: Navigation Facility - Galileo
DLR: Galileo Control Centre Oberpfaffenhofen
Telespazio: The Group's involvement - spaceopal - Galileo Control Centre Fucino
| 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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Thumbnail: ExoMars 2020 Orbiter.
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Images of ExoMars: ESA Image library | Exomars on Flickr
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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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