Mrs. Magali Vaissiere


Magali Vaissiere is the Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of ESA (responsible for the ARTES programme of ESA R&D programme in satellite telecommunications and applications) since 2008. She is also the Head of ECSAT (UK Centre of ESA located in Harwell) since July 2013. Before joining ESA, she has worked in industry: EADS-Astrium Satellite (for 15 years) and earlier in Thomson-CSF Radars (9 years). Education: engineer from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications de Paris (Telecom Paris Tech) & Master of Sciences of Stanford University, Executive MBA from the Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires. Since March 2014; Member of the French "Académie des Technologies".


ECSAT (the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications) is ESA’s facility in the UK. It is based at the Harwell Science Innovation and Business Campus in Oxfordshire. ECSAT supports activities related to telecommunications, integrated applications, climate change, science and technology. The expansion of ESA in the UK matches the increased importance given to Space by the UK

Title:    "Satellite for 5G"


The next generation of communication services - 5G - will rely on a harmonious integration of networks, with a convergence of fixed  and mobile services including satellite communications.

ESA’s Satellite for 5G programme promotes the value-added benefits of space to 5G, by developing and demonstrating integrated satellite- and terrestrial-based 5G services, across multiple vertical markets and use cases. ESA and the European Space Industry have signed a Joint Statement on Satellite for 5G, with a focus on trials and interoperability demonstrations, especially those involving hybrid terrestrial/satellite services. ESA is supporting these activities with its co-funding programmes, enabling industry to increase the attractiveness of incorporating satcom and space assets within their own national and international projects, for instance by enlarging project scope and boosting innovation whilst also reducing risk.