Secure Spanish satellites start construction this month

27/12/2021
Credit: ESA - Artists impression of a telecommunications satellite
Credit: ESA - Artists impression of a telecommunications satellite

Good news for Spain's aerospace industry! ESA announced this month (December 2021) that 2 secure Spanish satellites have begun construction. These satellites are therefore also called satellites, because they are some of the most secure Spanish satellites ever launched. These 2 satellites developed by ESA with the help of Spain, will be 2 highly developed telecommunications satellites. Also, these satellites can be reprogrammed from Earth at any time, including when they are in space. Due to new technologies, ESA has claimed that these two satellites can be reprogrammed from Earth in response to any command requested. 

In addition, the satellites underwent critical design reviews a few days ago. The developers of these satellites are Airbus and Thales Alenia Space for the Spanish satellite operator Hisdesat. According to the two manufacturers and according to the European space agency, these satellites are expected to be launched somewhere in 2023 and 2024. The latest technologies will help them provide secure communications, fast response to Earth commands and many other facilities. 

ESA has announced that one of the new innovations and technologies used will be fully reconfigurable active antennas with beam hopping and geolocation capabilities. Yes, as you heard above, a new technology and innovation also created recently. And we will not be surprised that satellites will also use artificial intelligence, taking the latest versions from it. SpainSat Next Generation will be the program through which these two satellites will be designed and launched by ESA, Spain and partner companies. 

Because these satellites will be state-of-the-art satellites, they will cost something. They will not be like regular satellites, the budget may be higher. But we don't have to worry, because ESA has argued that these ESA partnership projects reduce the risk of investment by partners. Here, referring to the risks they may have in relation to the needs of the market, which of course, as you can see, is constantly changing. Below you can see the latest statements. 

Miguel Ángel García Primo, Chief Executive Officer of Hisdesat, said: "The technical teams of our co-contractors - Airbus and Thales Alenia Space in Spain and France, together with the rest of the subcontractors - are doing an outstanding job, as well as Hisdesat's team, acting as a client."; "Likewise, ESA and the Spanish Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) participate in an important way through the Pacis-3 program, which is a public-private collaboration between ESA and Hisdesat to develop the most innovative elements of the satellite. "

Fernando Varela, director of Airbus Space in Spain, said: "This milestone opens the door to the manufacturing of satellite flight elements, with new technologies developed here in Madrid by Airbus. Our teams are ready to begin the integration of satellite payload, especially that of the new, fully reconfigurable active antenna with geolocation capabilities. " 

Stéphane Terranova, Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space in Spain, said: "The successful critical design reviews and the arrival in Tres Cantos (Madrid) of the structure of the first satellite's communications module marks the beginning of a new transcendental phase of the project. For the first time we are going to carry out the assembly, integration and test of the communications payload of both satellites in Spain, which means a qualitative leap for the Spanish space industry."

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said: "The Pacis-3 Partnership Project with Hisdesat has proven to be a catalyst for key technologies. Pacis-3 shows how the European space industry can respond to an emerging global market for secure satellite communications."

We wish success to all ESA partners, Spain, companies and ESA that develop these satellites. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 27 December 2021, at 08:53 am Los Angeles time

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