The call was entitled “New Space solutions for long-term availability of reliable, secure, cost-effective space based connectivity” and it is looking for “disruptive ideas to contribute to the definition of the system architecture of an innovative EU space-based global secure connectivity system”.
The new consortium, known as New Symphonie, was set up specifically in response to that initiative. It’s named after a communication satellite launched back in 1974 as a part of a Franco-German agreement, and is being led by the French companies UnseenLabs and Euroconsult.
Unseenlabs specialises in satellite-based radio-frequency detection services and currently operates a constellation of four satellites in orbit. Euroconsult is a consultancy specialising in the space sector.
“Each member of New Symphonie is a recognized leader in its business field, and as a whole the consortium is greater than the sum of its members, ready to contribute to a more sovereign and autonomous E.U, as well as provide socio-economic benefits to its 450 million citizens,” said Pacôme Revillon, Euroconsult’s CEO.
New Symphonie involves a pan-European mix of organizations (Belgium, Denmark,France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain).
Other companies involved are: AEROSPACELAB (BE), ANYWAVES (FR), AVIO (IT), CAILABS (FR), DE-CIX (DE), EXOLAUNCH (DE), EXOTRAIL (FR), FRESNEL ALLIANCE (FR), GOMSPACE (DK), GREENERWAVE (FR), INTEGRASYS (ES), KSAT (NO), LOFT ORBITAL (FR), QEST ANTENNA TECHNOLOGY (DE), SATCONSULT (FR), SECURE-IC (FR), SENER (ES), SITAEL (IT), TESAT (DE), TRANSATEL (FR).
The results of the call for tenders are due to be announced in the last quarter of 2021.
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