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THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
The European Space Agency (ESA) works to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA’s missions are flown by a multidisciplinary ‘team of teams’ based at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) comprising experts in spacecraft operations, flight dynamics and mission analysis, space communication and mission data systems. ESA builds and develops ground segments that enable all types of missions from cubesats to one-of-a-kind exploration and fundamental science missions voyaging in deep space. ESOC is home to ESA’s Space Safety Programme and serves as a driver for spaceflight innovation that boosts the competitiveness of European industry.
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) came into being in December 2010, but South Africa’s involvement with space research and activities started many decades earlier with helping early international space efforts in the second half of the 20th century, and observing the Earth’s magnetic field at stations around Southern Africa. SANSA was created to promote the use of space and strengthen cooperation in space-related activities while fostering research in space science, advancing scientific engineering through developing human capital, and supporting industrial development in space technologies. The research and work carried out at SANSA focuses on space science, engineering and technology that can promote development, build human capital and provide important national services. Much of this work involves monitoring the Earth and our surrounding environment, and using the collected data to ensure that navigation, communication technology and weather forecasting services function as intended.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), founded in 2003 merging three aerospace organizations, is a National Research and Development Agency that conducts research and development on the operation and utilization of space and supports the activities of the government based on the national space policy.
JAXA’s corporate slogan is “Explore to Realize,” which reflects its management philosophy on the use of space and the sky to realize a safe and affluent society. JAXA is committed to succeeding and delivering its achievements along with broader wisdom to society by utilizing leading technological developments.
From our headquarters in Norway, we have been pioneering the ground segment business since 1968, and have introduced the near real-time concept within operational monitoring services as early as the 1990’s. KSAT was established in 2002, but our journey began already in 1967 when the Tromsø Telemetry Station was inaugurated After decades of business in a high pressure, extremely challenging environment, with ground-breaking achievements, we can now celebrate more than 50 years of delivering excellence.
We are an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States. EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-8 over the Indian Ocean. We also operate three Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
DLR – German Space Operations Center (GSOC)
The German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich is DLR’s center for space operations, currently operating 12 satellites in geostationary and low-earth orbits. Those and other missions are supported by DLR’s ground station in Weilheim with more than 15 antennas.
On behalf on ESA, DLR operates Columbus, the European Science Module at the ISS. In Cologne, the Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) houses DLR’s European User Support Operation Center (USOC) and the Lander Control Center (LCC). DLR also hosts and supports the European Astronaut Center (EAC). DLR with its Mobile Rocket Base is in charge of planning, preparing and executing a large variety of sounding rocket missions.
GMV is a privately owned technological business group with an international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV offers its solutions, services and products in very diverse sectors: Aeronautics, Banking and Finances, Space, Defense, Health, Security, Transportation, Telecommunications, and Information Technology for Public Administration and large corporations.
In the global world we live in, the individual and complex needs of our clients are usually met with technological products, solutions and services that are constantly evolving and that were not originally designed with the clients’ specific needs in mind, but rather to cater to the common denominator in a global market.
Providing reliable, safe and secure space services is our daily business – and our passion. We are responsible for managing Europe´s biggest spacecraft constellation: the European Satellite Navigation System GALILEO. On behalf of the European Commission we operate from our headquarters at the Galileo Control Center (GCC-D) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. With our international team of experts, we offer our customers excellent service and navigate the Galileo project with foresight into the future.
Thanks to the technical infrastructure we have implemented, we ensure 99,99% service availa-bility. DLR GfR’s constellation operations services at GCC-D comprise 24/7 routine operations and maintenance of the 26 Galileo satellites and of the related ground segment infrastructure.
From GCC-D we organise the operation of the globally distributed Galileo infrastructure, both on-ground and in-orbit, throughout all mission phases. This includes mission planning and flight dynamics services, efficient team training and management, reliable configuration monitoring and global service-level tracking and monitoring.
Get more information on our website: https://www.dlr-gfr.com/en/
The Italian Space Agency, which was born in 1988, is a national public body steered and supported by the “Interministerial Committee for Space and Aerospace Policies” (COMINT). The agency, although being still supervised by the Ministry of University and Research carries out its institutional activities according to the Government directions and, basing on these guidelines, elaborates the National Space Policy Strategic Document (DSPSN) and the Space Strategic Vision Document (DVSS). The COMINT has been has been established in accordance with the Law 11th January 2018 n. 7 that, modifying the Legislative Decree 4th June 2003 (“ASI’s reorganisation”), upgrade ASI’s structure and tasks
Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company is the Italian Center of excellence for the provision of engineering and logistics services to support operations and utilization of the International Space Station and the development and implementation of planetary exploration missions. ALTEC is a public-private company owned by the major European space company.
Established in January of 2015, CONTEC is a spin-off company from KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute) and is offering Space Ground Station Services and Satellite Image Processing & Application Services as well as a whole ground integration solution. At CONTEC, we strive for excellence and we think that it is only with talented people that this goal can be achieved.
Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
Rocket and balloon launch services at Esrange Space Center and development of experiment payloads. Reliable access to satellites in virtually any orbit, as the operator of one of the world’s largest civilian network of ground stations.
The National Centre for Space Studies (CNES-Centre national d’études spatiales) is the French government space agency (administratively, a “public administration with industrial and commercial purpose”). Its headquarters are located in central Paris and it is under the supervision of the French Ministries of Defence and Research.
It operates from the Toulouse Space Center and Guiana Space Centre, but also has payloads launched from space centres operated by other countries. The president of CNES is Philippe Baptiste. CNES is member of Institute of Space, its Applications and Technologies. It is Europe’s largest and most important national organization of its type.