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Space Data Highway - Illustration

SpaceDataHighway

The SpaceDataHighway™ (SDH) is a public–private partnership between ESA (European Space Agency) and Airbus. The SpaceDataHighway service utilises the Airbus owned and operated European Data Relay System (EDRS) laser communication infrastructure to provide this high bandwidth capability for both LEO satellites and airborne platforms.

Watch the replay of EDRS-C in orbit

The laser terminal was built by TESAT-Spacecom, an Airbus 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. SpaceDataHighway represents a step change in the speed of space communications. Ultra-broadband laser communications and the geostationary orbit of the relay satellites combine to deliver a unique, secure, near real time data transfer service, making data latency a thing of the past.

 

EDRS-A, the first relay satellite for the SpaceDataHighway programme was launched on 30 January 2016. Positioned at 9° East, this first communication node offers coverage from the American East Coast until India. EDRS-C was launched in 2019 and is the second satellite and will extend the coverage, capacity and redundancy of the system, positioned at 31° East.

 

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, thus increasing a mission’s staying power and data acquisition capability
  • to gain faster and longer access to your air and space assets
  • to securely transfer information in hostile electronic warfare environment
  • to facilitate Near-Real-Time (NRT) data delivery, minimizing latency of mission critical data collected beyond line of sight
  • to support the transfer of large volumes of data generated by powerful sensors or to enable Combat Cloud concept

Thanks to the laser technology developed by TESAT-Spacecom and DLR, 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. 

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 Read less Read more

Benefits

For Low Earth Observation (LEO) satellites

  • Supports the transmission of large data volumes from LEO satellites
  • High volume data transfer outside ground network vicinity
  • Improved data latency at global scale
  • Enhanced reactivity
  • Routing of data over secure and trusted infrastructure

 

For Airborne Platforms

  • High Volume data transfer Beyond Line of Sight
  • Resilient communications
  • Resistant to jamming and spoofing
  • Low probability of Interception
  • Low probability of Detection

Features

  • The operational service started in end of 2016 with Sentinel 1A (radar satellite)
  • As of January 2018 all 4 Sentinel satellites are served
  • Data collection capacity/day increased by up to 50% (Sentinel-1)
  • Improved data collection flexibility by clearing on-board storage before crossing Europe
  • Consequential: increased use of Sentinel-1 in dual polarization mode
  • Pre-operational NRT pass-through link tests via SDH and user community successfully
  • Up to 39 link sessions per day with service reliability greater than 99.8 %
  • SDH service routinely achieves, mostly even over-achieves contractually agreed KPIs
  • We have achieved more than 20.000 successful relay links and downloaded more than 1 Petabyte of data space
  • Average communication session duration of 18 mins

Media

SpaceDataHighway live event    
Airbus EDRS C Satellite    
SpaceDataHighway    
Space Data Highway - Illustration    
Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway    
Illustration for EDRS for spacedatahighway    
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Space Data Highway    
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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SpaceDataHighway    
Demonstrative infographic of how EDRS is working    
EDRS satellite    
Airbus Defence and Space and Arianespace  executives signing launch services contract of EDRS-C    
SpaceDataHighway    
SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service      
SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service (textless)      
SpaceDataHighway - Start of Service      
SpaceDataHighway - Interview Evert Dudok      

Latest News

Successful launch of the second SpaceDataHighway satellite on Ariane 5

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SpaceDataHighway demonstrates its unique timeliness capability during live event

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Launch of the second SpaceDataHighway satellite

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Airbus and JSAT sign cooperation agreement for the third SpaceDataHighway node

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SpaceDataHighway: 10,000 successful laser connections - Reliability of 99.8 per cent

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SpaceDataHighway starts full Copernicus service

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