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The Moon – where no satnav has gone before

The test version of a unique satellite navigation receiver has been delivered for integration testing on the Lunar Pathfinder spacecraft. The NaviMoon satnav receiver is designed to perform the farthest ever positioning fix from Earth, employing signals that will be millions of times fainter than those used by our smartphones or cars.

Opportunity: Space in Response to Humanitarian Crises

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at the end of 2020, 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order.

ESA Director outlines role of ESA in development of Government Satellite Communications in Europe

Following on from the success of the Space Summit in Toulouse (France), the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, Elodie Viau, spoke at the GOVSATCOM 22 conference for EU Defence and Security in Luxembourg. There she outlined ESA’s engagement in security and safety on Earth and in space, and in supporting the European Commission's Secure Connectivity project.

Micro-geostationary satellite enters design phase

A small but powerful European telecommunications satellite – the first of a series – is to be developed under a contract signed today between ESA and SWISSto12, an innovative company based in Renens, Switzerland.

Opportunity: People, Planet, Prosperity

The Thematic Call, in line with ESA’s vision to accelerate the use of space and the Director General’s Agenda 2025, targets space projects enabling “action beyond observation” within the vast ESG market described above where space technologies, specifically satellite telecommunications and 5G technologies, are key enablers.