Smallsat companies form consortium in response to EC tender

(28 Sep 2021) A recently established collaboration between more than twenty European space sector companies has been assembled in response to a European Commission (EC) call for tenders entitled "New Space solutions for long-term availability of reliable, secure, cost-effective space based connectivity."

The consortium, known as New Symphonie, is being led by Unseenlabs and Euroconsult and was set up specifically for the call, which has been launched by the European Commission with assistance by from its Directorate General Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS).

The New Symphonie comprises 22 members from eight different countries. The grouping has "new space" at its heart, with the majority of members representing agile, responsive and commercially minded small and medium sized businesses.

The Commission's tender aims to identify and assess new disruptive ideas for moving from GOVSATCOM to a secure space connectivity system and tap into the exciting potential of the commercial space ecosystem, in order to define an EU Space-based Global Secure Connectivity System that can deliver communication services for governmental and non-governmental users.

The procurement will award up to two contracts of six months duration, each with a maximum value of €1.4 million.

The consortium name is derived from Symphonie, which was the first operational communication satellite launched in 1974 as a part of a Franco-German agreement.

The tender outcome is set to be announced on within the last quarter of 2021.

New Symphonie collaborators include 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).

Reference: Euroconsult PR

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