Airbus ships high-power electric SES-14 satellite to Kourou

SES-14 is being installed in a travel container

Toulouse, 22/12/2017 – SES-14, the first ever all-electric satellite in the 4-tonne class today left the Airbus Defence and Space clean rooms in Toulouse. The spacecraft will be delivered to French Guiana for its launch from Kourou CSG (Guiana Space Center), by Ariane 5, in January 2018.

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PAZ satellite starts its journey to space.

PAZ satellite moments before being loaded into its container

 Madrid, 19/12/2017 – Loading and transport of the Spanish Earth observation satellite, PAZ, is underway. Airbus engineers in Madrid are installing the 1,400 kg satellite into the container that will protect it during its journey to the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. In addition to the satellite, the team will also transport the electrical and mechanical ground support equipment plus all the testing and conditioning devices needed to prepare the satellite for its launch. Three trucks will transport the satellite and its equipment to the Spanish Air Force Base at Torrejón de Ardóz, where it will be loaded into the air freighter that will take it to the USA.

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Airbus delivered GOCI-II instrument to the Korean space agency

Airbus delivered GOCI-II instrument to the Korean space agency

 

GOCI-II sensor unit, inside on-ground supporting structure, with electronics

Example of GOCI images for monitoring of turbidity. GOCI-II is planned to be launched in 2019 and will continue GOCI mission.

 

Toulouse/Daejeon, 20/12/2017 – After four months at the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) test facilities in Daejeon, South Korea, during which intensive testing was performed by a joint team of KARI and Airbus Defence and Space, the GOCI-II ocean colour imaging instrument has been delivered to the customer.

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New satellite tracking of in-flight aircraft to improve safety for 59,000 simultaneous flights

‘Automatic dependent surveillance’ technical principals adopted by ITU for global aircraft flight tracking 

Geneva, 19 December 2017 – At any given time, there are approximately 59,000 aircraft in flight worldwide. The ability to effectively track, monitor and report these aircraft is paramount to ensuring the safety of passengers and crew, as well as that of communities on the ground. The United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – which establishes worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems, has now adopted the main technical principals of enhanced aircraft automatic dependent surveillance via satellite, to track in-flight aircraft worldwide.

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