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Opportunities with ESA for the Finnish telecommunication industry

A half-day ARTES workshop was organised in Espoo, Finland on May 8th . The event focused on ARTES 3-4 and 5 programmes and was the first of its kind in Finland, bringing the Finnish telecommunication community together in order to explore and discuss the potentials for doing business with ESA. The main industry from this field was present, and the networking was lively and fruitful.

The workshop was hosted by VTT and co-organised from the Ambassador Platform Finland and Tekes (national delegation). Close to 30 delegates attended the workshop, of which 4 came from ESA. The participants came from the industry; only VTT represented the research community.

After the opening speech, ESA delegates gave 5 presentations on Satcom Market, Partnership Opportunities, ARTES Products and Applications and Newcomers Initiative. These were followed by two presentations about the experience of working with ESA.

The workshop was followed by one-to-one meetings in the afternoon. The meetings were organised in two parallel sessions between ESA delegates and Finnish industry. All 9 companies signed up for the meetings and most of them for both sessions. The company feedback regarded these one-to-one meetings as top priority.

The event initiated various user ideas and project proposals. These will be followed-up by further discussions. The ARTES 3-4 SATCOM-APPS Newcomers Initiative will also be given extra attention and promotion to attract newcomers from Finnish SMEs.


The presentations from the workshop are available for download at: Dropbox (zipped file, 16.85 MB).

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Workshop report

Norwegian Space opportunities within the ARTES Applications programme

The Seminar started with a welcome presentation from the hosts MARINTEK about the activities and organizations in MARINTEK, with the planning of the setting up of a new Ocean Space Centre in Norway, at MARINTEK.

Following the opening, the representatives from ESA (Tony Sephton and Jan Dettmann) gave an introduction about ESA, especially the ARTES applications programme. This presentation is particularly relevant to the audiences who already have or plan to have some ideas that could potentially connect with the ARTES applications programme. They also described in detail how ARTES works and its related activities as well as the programme structure. The importance of the network of Ambassador Platforms (APs) , particularly the one in Norway, was also highlighted.

Odd Gangaas from the Norwegian Space Centre (NSC) also provided a presentation where many times the role of APNorway as the gateway between ESA and Norwegian Space development programmes was emphasized. He also strongly highlighted the role and activities of APNorway and hoped to create more collaborations and joint projects with ESA in the near future as the essential enabler for society to safely move towards operations in the Arctic.

The presentation of Kay Fjørtoft, the ambassador of APNorway, repeated again the huge opening opportunities for all the participants to have ideas developed with ESA and APNorway’s support. Kay also reflected on the possibilities for the ARTES applications programme to investigate the opportunities and challenges of moving to the high North areas where space technologies are key enablers.

The seminar continued with the five presentations representative for the selected on-going projects and topics particularly related to the Space opportunities within the IAP programme: "Autonomous operation and communication demands" presented by the Research Director of Maritime Transport System Department, MARINTEK; "MARENOR – Communication challenges and measurements" presented by Hans Christian Juul of EMGS; "SARINOR – Search and Rescue in the High North" presented by Erik Dyrkoren, the Maritim21 program leader; "ArcticSAT – Optimizing situational awareness in the Arctic through integrated space technologies" presented by Fritz Bekkadal of MARINTEK; and a presentation from CiRiS – the centre for interdisciplinary research in space, of NTNU. These presentations provided a very fruitful and updated contents and activities in regards to space based research and applications in defining the gaps and identifying solutions for communications in the Arctic.

After lunch, a Panel discussion ensued which included representatives from MARINTEK, ESA, NSC, Kongsberg Seatex, and Astrium/MARLINK.

In front of the Panel, there were three short presentations all closely related to Maritime communications, gaps and challenges. They are listed as: Maritime communication aspects (Kongsberg Seatex), Maritime navigation aspects (E-Nav) (NCA-Norwegian Coastal Administration), and Maritime observation aspects (by Kongsberg KSAT).

Following each brief presentation, many questions were raised to the Panel It is still always open and welcome for participants to contact ESA and APNorway in order to raise any further requests or remarks. Almost all of the questions addressed how to enhance and strengthen the Maritime communications by using space based technologies, and many interesting discussions were stimulated with strong remarks and opinions from the Panel.

Before ending this one-day seminar, an opportunity was provided for individual talks with ESA and NSC.

All the discussions and ideas will be further considered. The purpose is to build up potential proposals within the scope of work of ESA, especially the ARTES applications programme through APNorway. Some participants who did not have the chance to directly discuss with us are welcome to contact ESA and APNorway. We are always ready to discuss your ideas in order to create a potential proposal.


Norwegian Space opportunities within the ARTES Applications programme
Where Trondheim MARINTEK, Otto Nielsensvei 10
When 27st of May 09:30 - 16:00
Registration 16th of May Free of charge
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9:30 Welcome MARINTEK
9:40 ESA’s ARTES Applications Programme ESA Representative
10:00 The Norwegian Space Centre NSC - Odd Gangås
10:15 The AP Norway Role APNorway - Kay Fjørtoft
10:30 Coffee Break  
Project presentations
10:45 Autonomous operations and communication demands MARINTEK - Ørnulf Rødseth
11:15 MARENOR - Communication challenges and measurements EMGS – Hans Christian Juul
11:30 SARiNOR - Search and Rescue in the High North Maritime21 – Erik Dyrkoren
11:45 ArcticSAT - Optimising situational awareness in the Arctic through integrated space technologies MARINTEK - Fritz Bekkadal
12:00 CIRiS – Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space NTNU - Atle Heskestad
12:15 Lunch  
Workshop + Panel discussion - Presentations
Panel Ørnulf Rødseth (MARINTEK), ESA - Representative, Rune Sandbakken (NSC), Stig Erik Kristiansen (Kongsberg), Tor Morten Olsen (MARLINK)
Moderator Odd Gangås, Kay Fjørtoft
5 + 15 min Maritime communication aspects Introduction by SINTEF
5 + 15 min Maritime navigation aspects Introduction by NCA
5 + 15 min Maritime observation aspects Introduction by Kongsberg KSAT
5 + 15 min Maritime arctic challenges Introduction by MARINTEK
5 + 15 min Maritime needs within the O&G Introduction by Norsk Olje og Gass
15:00 - 15:30 Workshop summary Odd Gangås, Kay Fjørtoft
15:30 - 16:30 Individual talks ESA, NSC, APNorway
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Seminar: Presentations available for download

SpaceForMed: Opportunities to identify space-based services in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries

SpaceForMed is a joint undertaking between ESA and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Its objective is to support economic growth in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean regions by exploring the possibilities offered by space-based services in key economic sectors.

As part of the activities to be performed, ESA and EIB are pleased to announce the launch of two open competitive tenders to explore possible services in the areas of transport and Logistics as well as water management. These opportunities are announced in EMITS since 14/04/2014 and they will be opened for a period of eight (8) weeks.

The tenders are open to all ESA Member States, EU Member States and target countries of EIB’s FEMIP Trust Fund (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Gaza / West Bank, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon), and the SoW will be made available on an exceptional basis through the following links, upon registration:

Identification of Opportunities to Develop Space-based Services for Transport and Logistics in FEMIP Countries
Identification of Opportunities to Develop Space-based Services for Water Management in FEMIP Countries

Please be aware that the rest of the tender documentation as well as any questions on the tender will be made public only though EMITS.

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Invitations To Tender - Closing Date: 10 June 2014

LeCross Awareness Webinar

Satellite Services for Level Crossing Safety

ESA, CGI and VTT would like to invite you to an Awareness Webinar on 21 May 2014, 13:30-15:30 CET detailing the findings of the LeCross Study. The event will be of interest to railway infrastructure managers, innovation groups and safety authorities who are concerned with safety challenges at level crossings.

The LeCross Study aimed to identify and develop new operational systems to improve the safety at railway level crossings using space based capabilities. Level crossing safety remains one of the highest priority areas of improvement targeted by railway operators and authorities. A particular difficulty lies in providing cost-effective solutions in remote, low density traffic sections of the network, which often contain large numbers of crossings. This study has resulted in the innovative SAT-LX system, a satellite-based advisory warning system designed to improve safety at remote or rural level crossings with no active protection. The consortium is aiming to get feedback on this system and assess interest on potential collaborations for a pilot service in 2015.

To obtain further information please contact:
Omar Iqbal -

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The event may be accessed via the URL and audio conference details below

Webinar URL:
Meeting ID: R8HKH5

Audio Conference:
UK: +44 207 062 1400
Overseas: Find your local number at
Access Code: 57887577#


LeCross is a European Space Agency funded project under the ARTES-20 Integrated Applications Promotion programme.

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Webinar: 21 May 2014

Industry Space Days 2014 - Registration now open

The 5th edition of the ESA initiative in favour of SMEs will take place in ESTEC (3rd & 4th June 2014). Organised by ESA SME Office, this event is a unique opportunity to meet new suppliers and qualified contractors.

The European Space Agency offers the medium and small business as well as other companies active in space development, production and research, the possibility of finding new business opportunities.

Organised on a bi-annual basis starting from 2014, the Industry Space Days represents a series of 20-minute pre-scheduled B2B meetings aimed to facilitate the encounter between contractors and suppliers concerned by space technology, products and services in and for Europe.

The registration forms and all practical information are available on the following link: Industry Space Days 2014

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Conference: 3 - 4 June 2014, ESTEC (Noordwijk, Netherlands)

Industry Day On Joint ESA-EDA Demonstration Project DESIRE II

ESA and the European Defence Agency (EDA) are pleased to announce the organisation of an informative Industry Day on the second element of the "Demonstration of the use of Satellites complementing Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems integrated in non-segregated airspace (DESIRE II)", whose tendering release under the ESA procurement rules is imminent. Please be informed that the Invitation to Tender will be open only to the entities established in the ESA ARTES 20 Participating States and EDA participating Member States. This Industry day is therefore open to these entities.

DESIRE II is a step ahead building from the previous DESIRE project to support the regulatory process of integrating RPAS in Air Traffic. This is intended to be performed  by demonstrating that RPAS can be utilized for different applications, using satellite data-links close to a certifiable standard.

With this Industry Information Day, EDA and ESA are interested in promoting European industrial cooperation opportunities aimed at receiving industrial bids oriented to achieve high quality output as result of the DESIRE II initiative.

The Industry Information Day on DESIRE II will be held at EDA premises,

17-23 Rue des Drapiers
Brussels (Belgium)

on 21 March 2014 from 11:00 to 14:00

The agenda is structured as follows: 

  1. EDA/ESA joint presentation of DESIREII
  2. Lunch
  3. Information on ESA Tender Procedure
  4. Questions & Answers

A final agenda with all logistic details will be distributed to the registered participants during the week before the event. 

Please confirm your participation not later than 14 Mar 2014 to

and in copy to,,,

For security reasons please indicate nationality, date of birth, national ID/passport number and position within your respective company.

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ARTES Applications Workshop 2014

ESA's ARTES Applications & Luxinnovation, Chamber of Commerce © Nicolas DohrThis two-day event provided an opportunity unique in Europe, to meet, network and discuss with experts not only in space technology but also in service provision, applications development, investment, finance and business support services from across the European and Mediterranean regions, providing insights to space capabilities and to ways of stimulating and setting up space-based businesses and services.

Responding to a strong interest from the downstream space industry and several other sectors, ESA’s ARTES Applications and Services workshop has been taking place every April since 2011, creating an opportunity for the space applications communities to come together to present, explore  and discuss ideas for new and commercially promising space-based services. This year’s ARTES Applications workshop took place at the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg on 29th and 30th April 2014. The workshop was hosted by LUXINNOVATION, with sponsorship from SES, GLAE (“Groupement Luxembourgeois de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace”) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Over 230 delegates attended the workshop, drawn from both Welcome speech on "Trends and Horizon Scanning" from Karim Michel Sabbagh, CEO SESthe commercial and public sectors. Delegate feedback typically cites networking opportunities as one of the most important reasons for attending but this includes the opportunity to see examples of successful collaborations and to find partners for new ones. This interest was reflected in a total of 33 presentations covering 9 thematic areas. This year a number of market rollout examples showed how the ARTES applications programmes have matured and are now bringing exciting and innovative new businesses to market.

Various collaborative programmes were presented as examples of effective partnerships, including ESA’s Earth Observation and Technology Transfer Programmes, the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and the Space for Mediterranean programme funded by the EIB.

The 16 Demonstration Corners and the Luxembourg Pavillion provided a fascinating showcase for some of the ARTES Applications projects currently under development, and for Luxembourg’s fast-growing space technology sector.
Luxembourg Pavillion Demo Corner

This year’s programme featured parallel sessions for the first time, encouraging participants to pick and choose depending on their area of interest.

The “Investment and Partnership” sessions helped entrepreneurs to hone their ability to make successful pitches to investors and business partners. Besides tools for partnership brokering, the sessions included advice and tuition on how to attract investors, how to pitch a business proposition and how to avoid the most common mistakes when approaching potential investors.
Abbaye de Neumünster

In the Space for Mediterranean (“SpaceForMed”) sessions, two new ITTs were announced on Water Management and on Transport & Logistics. These ITTs will help to link the current SpaceForMed programme with a follow-on SpaceforMed Acceleration Programme (SMAP), which was defined during the workshop. The proposal of EIB to launch a SMAP pilot in the short term triggered a stimulating discussion and the opportunity for the attendees to network with EIB invitees from various FEMIP (“Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership”) countries.

In another parallel stream, several master classes were offered on “How to write a proposal to the ARTES applications programmes”, with helpful tips and advice.

Day one of the workshop concluded with a Networking Cocktail sponsored by SES in the Abbaye de Neumünster, a former Benedictine abbey and now a cultural centre, which provided the ideal location to develop business contacts whilst relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

The next ARTES Applications workshop will be held in Switzerland in SPRING 2015.


All the presentations for the workshop are now available for you to download at:

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