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SpaceDataHighway

SpaceDataHighway

The services offered by the SpaceDataHighway enable users to transfer their data (imagery, video, voice…) from their Earth Observation satellites, UAVs, multi-mission aircraft by means of optical communication via the EDRS-A and EDRS-C geostationary satellites to receiving ground stations located in Europe.

Up to 1.8Gb/s
data rate laser communication
Near 40 terabytes
of data per day
More than 300 optical
successful inter-satellite links
Up to 75,000 km
laser communication distance

The SpaceDataHighway is a public–private partnership between ESA (European Space Agency) and Airbus Defence and Space. The laser terminal was built by TESAT-Spacecom, an Airbus Defence and Space subsidiary, and funded by the DLR German Aerospace Center. The European Commission is the first Customer of the SpaceDataHighway. The Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites of Copernicus, the European Commission's Earth observation programme, are equipped with laser communication terminals that will significantly accelerate the delivery of large volumes of time-critical data to Earth monitoring centres within Europe.

The SpaceDataHighway will provide data transmission in broadband quality in near-real time through high-precision laser. This makes it ideal:

  • to transfer time-critical and sensitive information
  • to gain faster and longer access to your air and space assets
  • to securely transfer information in hostile electronic warfare environment
  • to ensure stealth communication
  • to transfer large volumes of data generated by powerful sensors or to enable Combat Cloud concept
23 November 2016

SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service

Airbus Defence and Space starts the initial service of its SpaceDataHighway. This represents a step change in the speed of space communications. Ultra-broadband laser communications and the geostationary orbit of the relay satellites will make data latency a thing of the past.Through laser communication, the SpaceDataHighway can transfer high-volume data from Earth observation satellites, airborne platforms, or even from the International Space Station at a data rate of 1.8 Gbps and can transmit up to 40 terabytes per day.;_LINE_TERMINATEDBe ready to enter the SpaceDataHighway the 28th of November 2016 #SpaceDataHighway;_LINE_TERMINATEDMore informations here : http://bit.ly/2fvwttP

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Airbus Defence and Space starts the initial service of its SpaceDataHighway. This represents a step change in the speed of space communications. Ultra-broadband laser communications and the geostationary orbit of the relay satellites will make data latency a thing of the past.Through laser communication, the SpaceDataHighway can transfer high-volume data from Earth observation satellites, airborne platforms, or even from the International Space Station at a data rate of 1.8 Gbps and can transmit up to 40 terabytes per day.;_LINE_TERMINATEDBe ready to enter the SpaceDataHighway the 28th of November 2016 #SpaceDataHighway;_LINE_TERMINATEDMore informations here : http://bit.ly/2fvwttP

As the owner and operator of the SpaceDataHighway, Airbus Defence and Space is targeting a global deployment, offering opportunities for international partnerships. Pacific Rim Area is where we see an increasing needs for data relay and airborne missions. We are aiming to expand the capacity and coverage of the system by 2020, with a third satellite positioned over the Asia-Pacific region.

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Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway      
Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway
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23 March 2017

Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway

SpaceDataHighway enable to transfer data from Earth Observation satellites, UAVs, multi-mission aircraft by means of optical communication via geostationary satellites to receiving ground stations located in Europe

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Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway      
Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway
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21 November 2016

Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway

Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway

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SpaceDataHighway2
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06 June 2016

SpaceDataHighway2

SpaceDataHighway

First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A      
First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A
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02 June 2016

First image taken by the Sentinel 1A radar satellite taken over La Reunion Island and its coastal area, was transmitted successfully by EDRS-A

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SpaceDataHighway1
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10 May 2016

SpaceDataHighway1

SpaceDataHighway

SpaceDataHighway      
SpaceDataHighway
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18 February 2016

SpaceDataHighway

Demonstrative infographic of how EDRS is working      
Demonstrative infographic of how EDRS is working
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29 January 2016

Demonstrative infographic of how EDRS is working

EDRS satellite      
EDRS satellite
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20 January 2016

EDRS satellite

Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace  executives signing launch services contract of EDRS-C      
Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace  executives signing launch services contract of EDRS-C
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28 May 2015

Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace executives signing launch services contract of EDRS-C

SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service (textless)        
 
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23 November 2016

SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service (textless)

The SpaceDataHighway will provide data transmission in broadband quality in near-real time through high-precision laser. This makes it ideal in many situations.

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SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service        
 
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22 November 2016

SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service

The SpaceDataHighway will provide data transmission in broadband quality in near-real time through high-precision laser. This makes it ideal in many situations.

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SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok        
 
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30 January 2016

SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok

Interview with Evert Dudok, EVP Communications, Intelligence and Security on SpaceDataHighway Via EDRS-A and EDRS-C relay satellites equipped with laser communication terminal (LCT), the SpaceDataHighway will be able to transfer information (images, video, data collected by sensors) from Earth observation satellites, manned and unmanned airborne platforms, or even from a space station such as the ISS. For more information: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/edrs-spacedatahighway/

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