European data relay satellite system approved
PARIS, Nov 23, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The European Space Agency (ESA) on
Friday announced the design of the first commercially-operated
data relay satellite system has been completed and approved.
This fast-tracks the launch of the service to its first
customer, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
(GMES) initiative of the European Union.
A design review board of senior members from the ESA, Astrium
and the German Aerospace Center approved Europe's data relay
satellite system (EDRS) design: from the satellites to the support
that will be required from the ground.
EDRS will deliver services to the scientific community by
providing a telecommunications network that is fast, reliable and
seamless, making real-time information from satellites available
It is being built through a public-private partnership between
ESA and Astrium Services, using payloads carried by two satellites
in geostationary orbit, hovering 36,000 km above the equator,
where their speed matches Earth's rotation.
Data transmitted from satellites in lower orbits to either of
these EDRS payloads can then be relayed to the ground.
"EDRS is a fantastic breakthrough for Europe from the
innovative laser communication terminal technology to the
provision of operational services by 2014 that combines the best
from European space companies with the national and European space
institutions," said Magali Vaissiere, a director at ESA.
ESA said its partner Astrium Services is ready to begin
The first of the two EDRS payloads will be carried on the
Eutelsat-EB9B satellite, starting operation in 2014. The second
satellite, planned for launch in 2016, will carry the second EDRS
payload as well as the Hylas-3 payload from the UK's Avanti
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