GSOA and ESA Partner to Promote the Development of 5G and 6G Space-Based Systems

GSOA and ESA Partner to Promote the Development of 5G and 6G Space-Based Systems

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA), the global CEO-driven association representing the satellite industry. The agreement aims at strengthening the synergy between satellite and terrestrial telecommunications players, to unlock new potential in 5G and 6G connectivity on a global scale that is both inclusive and sustainable.

In particular, the MOI will enable both parties to leverage each other’s expertise and strengths, offering conditions for seamless cooperation in fostering innovation, knowledge exchange and support around the innovation of 5G and 6G networks. The partnership will also accelerate the shared objective to integrate satellite and terrestrial networks and technologies.

The signature that took place on 2 February 2024 in Brussels, Belgium, between Acting Director of ESA’s Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications Javier Benedicto and Isabelle Mauro, Director General at GSOA, follows on from many successful years of the Agency’s collaboration with the global satellite industry body. GSOA offers a platform for collaboration between companies involved in the satellite sector and shares ESA’s ambition to resolve the digital divide across diverse geographies and developing economies.

“We are looking forward to working closer with GSOA on a series of joint initiatives and using our collective expertise to unlock the full potential of 5G and 6G technology towards a future where space-born connectivity is seamlessly integrated with terrestrial 5G/6G networks for the benefit of billions of users worldwide,” said Benedicto.

“By fostering collaboration and embracing innovation, we envision a future where every individual, regardless of location, enjoys the benefits of a connected world,” said Mauro.

ESA’s strategic program line Space for 5G/6G, which forms part of the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 4.0 program within the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications, supports and fosters the development of integrated applications and services. As well as building innovation hubs and testbeds, the program demonstrates the essential requirements of satellites for 5G and 6G and sets the standards and frameworks for hybrid and downstream interoperability. It is also the base for integrating terrestrial networks with satellites.

Working closely with the European industry and the European Union, ESA drives the integration of satellite technologies into communications networks to accelerate the rollout, reach, and impact of 5G, while guiding and supporting its industrial partners in the development of new satellite technologies as well as applications and solutions that utilize 6G connectivity.

ESA’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in Harwell, United Kingdom, is home to the 5G/6G Hub which offers a gateway for commercialization of space-enabled business ideas and multi-domain collaboration. It offers the industry the opportunity to take advantage of the immense potential of converged satellite and terrestrial telecommunication networks to benefit society and the environment. Supported by the UK Space Agency, the Hub forms part of ESA’s goal to extend its technology to connect other research facilities, fostering innovation in ESA’s Member States and worldwide.

Click here to learn more about the ESA's Space for 5G and 6G.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013