Satellites are successfully used for broadcast, mobile, and broadband communication. Space industry, satellite operators and space organisations in Europe are main players in this field. European research in satellite communications carried out a large number of activities (ESA and EU projects, COST actions, the ASMS-TF), however, with limited collaboration and lack of critical mass. The primary goal of SatNEx is to achieve long-lasting integration of the European research in satellite communications and to develop a common base of knowledge. Through co-operation of excellent universities and research organisations with outstanding expertise in satellite communications, SatNEx will build a European virtual centre of excellence in satellite communications and contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area.
SatNEx will include an advisory board incorporating representatives of European space industry, satellite service providers, and standardisation and regulation organisations. SatNEx will collaborate with these players and put together a critical mass of resources and expertise needed for making Europe a world force in the field of satellite communications. Another objective of the network is to disseminate the expertise generated to researchers and students. They will benefit by moving between institutions of the network and using special facilities. Training and lecture material will be electronically delivered and made available to all researchers and students in the network. SatNEx will establish a satellite communication platform to be used by all partners as a means for integrated research, teaching and training.
Also, common test beds will be developed, integrating existing local tools. Via training courses and skills development, SatNEx will achieve knowledge transfer to both the research community and the satellite industry and business. Creation of new business via the exploitation of research knowledge is also looked at.
Funding SchemeNoE - Network of Excellence
75039 Paris Cedex 01
75634 Paris 13
11810 Thission - Athens
92322 Chatillon Cedex
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
GU2 7XH Guildford
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola Del Valles)
BD7 1DP Bradford