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High-speed space uplink boosted

Image: Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), via EC – Audiovisual Service

A satellite relay system that offers “near real-time” data transfer to Earth is set to have its capacity doubled following the addition of a second satellite.

The second satellite for the European Data Relay System, a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency and the aerospace company Airbus, was successfully launched and positioned in orbit on 6 August.

The EDRS is a high-orbit system that provides high-speed connections between lower-orbit satellites and ground stations. Since 2016, the first EDRS satellite has been transmitting data from Europe’s four Copernicus Earth-observation satellites on a daily basis.

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