From European Space Agency: “EDRS-C antenna performance verification at the Airbus CATR facility in Germany”

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EDRS-C is currently in the anechoic test chamber at the Compact
Antenna Test Range at Airbus in Ottobrunn Germany, where the satellite is currently
undergoing verification of the antennas performance before shipment to its launch site in Kourou in June.

The European Data Relay System (EDRS) is designed to relay data between satellites in
low orbit and Earth via satellites in geostationary orbit. It allows transmission of large quantities of data with reduced delay, using innovative laser communication technology.

It is a new, independent European satellite system, and is a public–private partnership
between ESA and Airbus (DE) as part of ESA’s efforts to federate industry around large-
scale programmes, stimulating technology developments and achieving economic
benefits.

EDRS will form the ‘SpaceDataHighway’for Europe, made up of one hosted data-relay
payload (EDRS-A), one data-relay payload on a dedicated satellite (EDRS-C) and a
dedicated ground segment.

EDRS dramatically increases the speed with which low-orbiting satellites can deliver
their information to users, by relaying their data via the EDRS payloads in geostationary orbit to European ground stations.

With EDRS ground stations in Redu (BE), Harwell (UK) and two in Weilheim (DE) plus
the Italian Space Agency’s user ground station in Matera (IT), EDRS is the first truly European laser communications network.

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