Satellite Communications Network of Excellence (SATNEX)

Project Details


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.
Effective start/end date1/01/0431/03/06

Collaborative partners

  • BME - Budapesti Muszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)
  • National Centre for Space Studies (CNES)
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT)
  • National Research Council of Italy
  • Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research
  • Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy
  • ICCS- Institute of Communication and Computer Systems
  • Josef Stefan Institute
  • National Observatory of Athens
  • Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA)
  • Rheinisch Westfälischen Technische Hochshule Aachen
  • Graz University of Technology
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis)
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Bradford
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Università degli studi di Roma-Tor Vergata
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Vigo (UVIGO)
  • Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) (lead)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


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