By integrating multiple space systems (Telecommunication, Navigation, Earth Observation, Manned Space Technologies) with non-space assets, new and improved services can be created for a wide range of users.
The Integrated Applications Promotion Programme (IAP) of ESA, the European Space Agency, supports the development and validation of viable operational services relying on such a combination of systems.
ESA's IAP programme has partnered with the Swiss Space Office to establish an Ambassador Platform dedicated to fostering the development of integrated space-based applications with and for the Swiss industry: AP-Swiss.
AP-Swiss fosters the emergence and development of such integrated applications and services with and for the Swiss industry.
Some 70 SEREC (Swiss Electromagnetics Research & Engineering Centre) members, friends and guests joined the audience on Friday 28 June 2013 at the symposium “Aviation and Space”. The event was held in the Zurich Air Navigation Service Centre by kind permission of Skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation service provider. The morning presentations addressing space topics were led by a welcome contingent from the EPFL, including keynote speaker José Achache from AP-Swiss, Volker Gass of the Swiss Space Centre, Juan Mosig, Director of the Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Acoustics and Ferdinando Tiezzi of ViaSat Antenna Systems.
AP-Swiss presentation focused on the growing interdependence of aviation on space infrastructure, taking, as an initial example, how satellites could provide warnings of flocks of birds moving in the vicinity of an airfield and thus avoid the serious dangers of aircraft “bird strikes”. The many services that satellite platforms could offer were then presented, varying from power grid management to managing water. The presentation concluded on the transformational benefits that the combined use of satellites and UAV will bring in the near future.
The presentations can be found at: www.serec.ethz.ch.
The presentation of José Achache is available on this direct link.
On 17 June, José Achache was interviewed on the science radio show CQFD of Radio Suisse Romande. To listen to the interview, follow the link below :
listen to the interview (french)
The European Space Agency release a new ITT: Maintenance and recovery of high voltage electricity transport systems.
The entire list of ITT can be found on the ESA website or a selection on our current opportunity page.
The Third ARTES Applications Workshop took place in Rome on 18 April 2013. It was attended by more than 250 attendees and featured projects supported through ESA’s Integrated Applications and SatCom Applications programmes. José Achache gave a keynote presentation entitled « When Technology meets Customer’s Needs » and chaired the session on Environment : How space-based services can help the environment from a user perspective.
The complete programme can be found on the IAP/ESA web site as well as the presentation following this direct link.
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