ESA Opens UK Centre
On 9 July, the European Space Agency opened its European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) on the Harwell Campus.
The ESA Director General and UK Minister of State for Universities and Science joined 200 space leaders to witness ESA Member States’ flags rise for the first time at the Agency's first centre in the UK. They also celebrated the opening of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Space Development and Test Facility on the campus.
ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications commented:
'ECSAT exists to lead the ESA programmes that address commercial market needs, whether for infrastructures, products or services. We put ECSAT here because of the UK’s strengths in these areas, as well as in entrepreneurship and the supporting service industries of finance and law. In practice, that means ECSAT leads the development of new satellite systems in areas like ultra-high definition TV broadcasting and mobile broadband services, as well as applications that require the transmission and management of Big Data, such as those focused on climate and environmental monitoring.'
Details from the ESA link below . .