Space technology spin-off aids mining.

Dutch company EstrellaSat, supported by ESA business incubation centre, is using space technology to raise the productivity and safety of heavy-duty mining machines. Full-scale field trials began in August at an open mine in the Andes and at the world’s biggest copper mine in the Atacama Desert.

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ESA-supported mobile telecom system receives top engineering award

A satellite-based mobile communication system developed by Inmarsat with ESA support has been awarded Britain’s top prize for engineering innovation. The judges noted how well the BGAN system served relief teams responding to the Haiti earthquake.

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