Our role in innovation

Innovation is the engine that drives our products and services, whether they be next generation satellite solutions, advanced connectivity, hybrid networks or ePlatforms. Our innovative mindset goes beyond technology to be applied to the way we set up partnerships and commercial agreements, and open new markets for our customers.


Our innovative projects

We power the future of satellite communication with industry-leading R&D and support start-ups in bringing their ideas to the market.


SATLAS is a business incubator, powered by SES and its industrial partners, that aims to turn pioneering ideas into successful Satcom applications. It will support innovators with limited or no access to terrestrial connectivity services in the design, development and testing of new satellite telecommunications applications and services with the aim of turning them into viable new SATCOM products.

Innovators will be able to test their idea through a pilot, which will be fully supported by the resources of SES Techcom Services and its consortium partners, giving them access to a range of resources and services such as broadband platforms and terminals, hardware, software, technical and business assistance and training.

To learn more, please visit: www.satlas.lu


ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast)
SES Techcom Services, together with DLR and ESA, developed and delivered a successful in-orbit demonstration for the first European space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) constellation to monitor and optimize air traffic control around the globe. The mission was designed to receive ADS-B periodic reports which were broadcast from an increasing number of equipped aircrafts, in line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommendations.

The result made a significant contribution to the development of a satellite-based positioning system by means of ADS-B technology.

Key advantages of the satellite-based ADS-B service include:

  • Providing air traffic situation awareness in Non-Radar Airspace (NRA), such as oceans or Africa
  • Increasing air space capacity in NRA by optimizing the airplane separation
  • Optimizing and securing flight paths
  • Increasing efficiency of search and rescue activities
  • Accommodating future increased air traffic volume

Further information can be found at: Satellite ADS-B takes off with SES Techcom Services and DLR


The Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library (SPELL) is a free, open-source software package developed by SES and GMV. The purpose of SPELL is to automate satellite procedures, increasing the productivity, efficiency and security of geostationary satellite operations.

Under the Efficient Automation of Satellite Operations (EASO) project, co-funded by ESA'S ARTES 3-4 program, SES has developed SPELL procedures for a variety of satellite platforms built by some of the world's leading manufacturers.

Further information can be found at: SPELL: A story of vision, innovation and execution


Laser Communications
In order to prepare the ground for very high data rate (terabit/s) capacity satellites, which will be put in place from 2020, SES Techcom Services is actively involved in several laser communications projects. Since satellites play a key role in the data highway, delivering video and data services to every point on Earth, including oceans and airways, the evolution from today’s satellites to tomorrow’s very high data rate satellites can be compared to the evolution from copper telephone wires to glass fiber networks.

To achieve satellite links with the data throughput of optical fiber networks, SES Techcom Services is conducting research on optical links to geostationary satellites in cooperation with the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) department, a project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). SES Techcom Services is also looking at the application of optical satellite communications to the area of earth observation, using Low Earth Orbit satellites.