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ESA awards “Pre-verification of THOR Electro Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” project to EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium.

EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium has been awarded by ESA/ESTEC for a new contract. The project to be executed and the deliverables required by ESA are in relation to the “Pre-Verification of THOR Electro-Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” activity.

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EMTECH-SPACE P.C. consortium has been awarded by ESA/ESTEC for a new contract. The project to be executed and the deliverables required by ESA are in relation to the “Pre-Verification of THOR Electro-Magnetic Cleanliness Approach” activity.


The Turbulence Heating ObserveR (THOR) is a mission study within the next medium class (M4) mission launch opportunity. The THOR payload suite consists of 10 different instruments to measure electromagnetic fields and particle populations in space plasma with a special focus on plasma turbulence. The instruments are necessarily sensitive to magnetic and electric fields and require stringent electro-magnetic cleanliness. Plasma turbulence is a dynamic (non-static) phenomenon and instruments need to measure time variable effects. Therefore the time variations of electric and magnetic field from platform equipment have to be characterized and verified with respect to the instrument requirements. Random and periodic AC variations in frequency and time domain as well as time-domain transients are all potentially relevant and often referred to as AC variation for simplicity. The project shall address the verification of these requirements and define credible pre-verification methods.

EMTECH-SPACE P.C. will be the prime contractor of the project and Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I), National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) - School of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Wireless and Long Distance Communications Lab (WLDCL) and ASTOS Solutions GmbH will act as sub-contractors. The kick-off of the project is scheduled for mid-December and the project shall be implemented in two phases, with 14 months duration for phase 1 and 18 months for phase 2. We anticipate that this project will intensify EMTECH-SPACE P.C. activities in the domain of EMC and Electromagnetics for space applications.  


Mr. Nikolaos Livanos, Managing Director of EMTECH-SPACE P.C., made the following statement: “We greatly appreciate ESA’s confidence in our company to lead this major project and have the opportunity to participate in critical EMC points of the forthcoming THOR mission. We are very glad to continue our collaboration with NTUA's WLDCL laboratory, also sub-contractor in a successful ESA study to be delivered before the end of the year. In addition, it is an honour to have TAS-I as a key subcontractor in the activity and the presented opportunity will strengthen our partnership with a space domain European Large Scale Integrator. Last but not least, we are pleased to have also ASTOS Solutions GmbH in the team, and we truly believe that this is a great chance to start a fruitful relationship, not only regarding EMC and electromagnetics, but further space software related applications, as well.”    

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EMTECH changes legal form and establishes new offices in Cyprus

Excel MicroTechnologies (former NIKOLAOS & MARINOS LIVANOS O.E.) is now EMTECH SPACE P.C.!

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Excel MicroTechnologies (former NIKOLAOS & MARINOS LIVANOS O.E.) is now EMTECH SPACE P.C.!

The legal form transformation (Greek Ο.Ε. to Ι.Κ.Ε.), is part of the company's strategy for restructuring in order to achieve a high investment readiness level. Furthermore the strategy involves Middle-East and Asia market penetration. To that effect a new business entity has been launched in Cyprus named EMTECH SPACE P.C. (CY) Ltd. Cyprus became the 11th country to sign the European Cooperating State Agreement, strengthening its relations with the European Space Agency and selection of potential PECS projects will start soon. The new entity inherits significant experience from its Greek counterpart in the fields of Ground Segment software applications and magnetic cleanliness.

Now EMTECH maintains a presence in Germany (EMTECH GmbH), Greece and Cyprus.

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PLATO M3 Phase B1 Definition Study - System support to Optical Bench harness and grounding design

We are glad to announce the completion of a project allocated by Thales Alenia Space Italia (TASI), a major Large Scale Integrator for space systems and applications.

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We are glad to announce the completion of a project allocated by Thales Alenia Space Italia (TASI), a major Large Scale Integrator for space systems and applications.

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The project involved the forthcoming PLATO mission, and specifically the PLATO M3 Phase B1 Definition Study - System support to Optical Bench harness and grounding design. PLATO (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is the Cosmic Vision M3 mission, selected by the ESA Science Programme Committee for launch within 2024. Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A. (TAS-I) has worked as Contractor towards ESA in one of three parallel definition studies of the mission. In view of the future release of the ESA Implementation Phase ITT for PLATO, TAS-I has worked to consolidate its technical and programmatic baseline.

The present project concerns a relevant activity having as main tasks:

- Assessment and analysis of radiated emissions (electric field) of SpW/LVDS links routed on top of different spacecraft structures
- Validation of the analysis by defining, developing and performing characterization tests in support of the PLATO OB harness design
- Provide a cost estimate for implementation of the selected solution in the frame of the PLATO Phase B2/C/D.

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In order to accomplish the activity, EMTech formed a consortium with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) – Wireless and Long Distance Communications Laboratory (WLDCL).

Since 2014, TASI and EMTech have entered in collaboration for European Space Agency (ESA) proposals, concerning activities for magnetic cleanliness of spacecraft and other EMI/EMC modelling and simulation fields. The PLATO project was our first opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in this domain. We highlight the fact that TASI is our second major customer for the space electromagnetics domain, and we anticipate a fruitful cooperation in future activities.

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EMTech participated in the European Ground System Architecture Workshop (ESAW) and in the Industry Day: Doing business with ESA/ESOC

EMTech GR is maintaining a constant presence in ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) activities: In mid-June the company participated in the European Ground System Architecture Workshop (ESAW) held from 16 to 17 of June 2015 at ESA/ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany and in the Industry Day: Doing business with ESA/ESOC, 25-26 June 2015

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The main objective of the workshop (ESAW) was to provide an international forum for ground systems architects to constructively exchange ideas. The organisers invited presentations covering all aspects of ground systems related to space operations with a special focus on collaboration and common solutions. There were keynote speakers from NASA/GSFC, NASA/JPL, ESA, National Agencies (e.g. ASI, CNES, DLR), Telecommunications Operators (e.g. Eutelsat, Inmarsat, SES Astra) and key IT companies. Each session addressed the architectures, methodologies, services, lessons learned, business cases and advanced technologies in Architecture, Software, Security and Automation.


EMTech was represented by two of our finest engineers: Evangelos Alifragkis & Evangelos Doukakis who presented a poster titled: “PDES, Dataflow, SimBridge: the “Triple Helix” to Propel SIMSAT in Commercial Complex Simulation Systems


“Large-scale and real-time simulations is a rapidly growing demand regarding many diverse industries and research domains. The European Space Agency (ESA) utilizes the SIMSAT simulation engine for realization of mission-specific spacecraft operational simulators. ESA also introduced the Simulation Model Portability (SMP) standard. SMP2 embraces the ideas of component-based design and Model Driven Architecture (MDA). SIMSAT is the first simulation engine fully compatible with the SMP2 standard. Moreover, being a major infrastructure component of ESA simulators, continuous SIMSAT revisions and enhancements are anticipated. Nowadays, several efforts are taking place to evolve SIMSAT within contemporary software architecture concepts, such as cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service, as well as utilizing web interfaces and more user-friendly graphical interfaces. The aforementioned facts justify reasons to promote SIMSAT as the ideal candidate to perform as the basis for complex & cooperative commercial real-time simulation applications.


Evangelos Alifragkis (left) & Evangelos Doukakis (right) presenting their poster

EMTech has been enhancing the existing operational spacecraft simulation engine (SIMSAT) in ESOC since 2009. Our engineers have gained vast expertise on the concepts of parallelization, synchronization and external interfacing thus addressing the needs of the multi-core cpu era. Morevover EMTech’s spin-off company EMTech GmbH has a key objective of utilizing the existing infrastructure in smart-grid applications in order to realize a technology transfer to non-space markets.


The Industry Day was intended to gather European industry, both those already involved in ESOC activities as well as those companies that may have proposals they would like to investigate. During the event were provided possibilities for, and facilitated where necessary, one-on-one meetings with ESA staff responsible for the different domains as well as meetings between industrial participants to discuss possible joint undertakings. EMTech GR was represented by Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, the company’s Managing Director.

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EMTech participated in the Workshop on Simulation for European Space Programmes (SESP)

EMTech Greece participated in the Workshop on Simulation for European Space Programmes (SESP) held from 24 to 26 March 2015 at the ESA-ESTEC facilities in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

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EMTech was represented by two of our finest engineers:



“A common contemporaneity in spacecraft simulations is the aim to achieve the best possible performance, accuracy and fidelity regarding model’s execution. An approach to meet these demands is to incorporate computer hardware equipped with multi-core CPUs, capable of executing extremely heavy computational work using several processes and threads. A farther approach is to adapt the simulation environment to using multi-core technology according to a certain framework by incorporating appropriate software tools and methodologies, with vision to improve the system’s capacities with features promising enhanced usability and execution performance. Moreover, simulator development is carried out based on incremental deliveries; the advantage of having appropriate tools for performance analysis provides the ability to detect performance issues early during development, which constitutes a significant benefit regarding project cost and schedule. As part of the “Enhancement of SIMSAT Simulation Engine (ESSE)” ESA/ESOC’s project, an innovative Conservative-Parallel Discrete Event Simulation (C-PDES) scheduler for SIMSAT along with a Performance Control and Optimization Framework (PCOF) were realized. The current paper presents the successful attempt to utilize the C-PDES engine and the PCOF in the GAIA operation simulator, aiming to achieve performance evaluation and parallelization.”


Sami Hammal presenting his paper




“For many years, efforts were carried out for standardization (SMP2, SSRA, REFA, etc.), and space models’ integration (e.g. MOSAIC) in order to provide interoperability between systems. However, due to the interdisciplinarity of aerospace projects, the need for consolidation and adaptation in Simulation Environments (SE) will always exist. Having as objective the creation of a co-simulation in which each application executes into its native environment, the need for bridging separate simulations, the ability of unified control and coordination, as well of data sharing between them, becomes of great significance. To meet these demands, adaptation of non-SMP2 compliant space applications to the SE is indispensable. Creating a standardized interface and enabling this interconnection includes deploying an SMP2 specific interface and an application specific plugin to expedite the two parties’ communication. SimBridge, is an SMP2 meta-model, designed to provide a flexible and seamless interfacing for SMP2 SEs. It is a configurable, scalable, and easy-to-use software that can interconnect any external application (EA), just by providing a language–specific library or toolbox to handle the message transfer for each such application. Currently, SimBridge binds the SIMSAT engine with external applications via a TCP connection and provides full-fledged 2-way services.”


Georgia Soulioti presenting her poster

The workshops proceedings can be found here: http://congrexprojects.com/2015-events/15c06/proceedings

EMTech has a core focus on Simulators’ Performance Optimization and Infrastructure Engineering after successful completion of two ESA/ESOC awarded projects and is maintaining a constant presence on all core related activities throughout the European market.

Georgios Stravopodis, the company’s Marketing Manager made the following statement:

EMTech is currently working on the development of simBridge, in order to introduce it to the market by fall of 2015. An innovative product is on its way to help interface different development teams, thus raising the level of productivity and minimizing the path to model prototyping.”

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New awarded project to EMTech from ESA/ESTEC

EMTech proudly announces the kick-off of new ESA/ESTEC awarded project, “Multi-Magnetometer Methods for Magnetic Dipole Modelling (AO/1-7463/13/NL/GLC)” aiming to perform an instant "snap-shot" of the magnetic signature of an equipment under test (EUT) - as all spacecraft with units or instruments are susceptible to magnetic fields - and resulting in a final proof-of-concept implementation of a multi-magnetometer setup.

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EMTech considers the collaboration with the scientific community of great significance and for the purposes of the awarded project will be assisted by:

- the Wireless and Long Distance Communications Laboratory of the Division of Information Transmission Systems and Material Technology (National Technical University of Athens) headed by Professor Christos Capsalis, and

- Professor Vassilis Angelopoulos of UCLA.

Professor Vassilis Angelopoulos

Vassilis Angelopoulos, the principal investigator for THEMIS, is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences and a member of the Institute of Geophysics and Space Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 20 years of experience in space physics with emphasis in magnetospheric processes. His research interests include plasma sheet transport, electromagnetic instabilities in the plasma sheet and its boundary, beam-induced ionospheric low frequency waves, substorm physics, turbulence and self-organized criticality. Angelopoulos is also a member of the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena California. He has authored and co-authored more than 400 publications in refereed journals on data analysis, plasma theory and space plasma phenomenology, space technology, space instrumentation and mission analysis and design.

(From NASA’s website)

Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos made the following statement:

"Almost immediately after Mr. Stelios Tsatalas of EMTech - as the proposed project manager, approached me to participate to ESTEC’s ITT, I responded affirmatively. Greece needs all of its forces joined together to maximize the possibility of overcoming any existing barriers towards the way of reshaping the country by investing in research and innovation. It will be a pleasure to share my expertise as a consultant to the project’s planned activities."

Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, EMTech’s managing director made the following statement:

"EMTech strives for research in unexplored areas. This was the company’s third effort in participating in ESTEC’s activities on magnetic cleanliness, competing amongst Europe’s space industry major players. I want to thank especially Prof. Christos Capsalis for believing in the team’s abilities and the excellent collaboration within the tight restrains of the ITTs in which we have participated. It will also be a great honor to have Prof. Vassilis Angelopoulos aboard. Accompanied by EMTech’s experienced software team and management, the team is anxiously awaiting to take on the project’s challenges."

Earlier in July the project’s negation meeting took place in ESTEC’s headquarters in Noordwijk, Netherlands.


left to right: Mr. Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, Mr. Stelios Tsatalas and Prof. Christos Capsalis.

This project adds another building block to EMTech’s space focused heritage after the successful and ongoing involvement in spacecraft operational simulators. The company’s introduction of a conservative Parallel Discrete Event Scheduler (cPDES) and a Performance Control and Optimization Framework (PCOF) enhances the existing ESOC simulation infrastructure and gradually establishes EMTech as one of Greece’s space industry innovative players.

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EMTech in the 9th ESA Investement Forum

On the 2nd of July 2014 the European space innovation scene gathered in Toulouse (France) for the 9th edition of the ESA Investment Forum. The event fostered investments and partnership opportunities by bringing start-up companies using space-related technology, applications or services, together with finance and investment communities making this forum an exceptional setting for exploring investment opportunities.

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EMTech - represented by Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos, was one of the 24 investment-ready companies selected to pitch their company at the ESA investment forum before an audience of international venture capitalists as well as corporate and strategic investors. Earlier this year, EMTech UG, was accepted for participation in the ESA Business Incubation Center Darmstadt, to realize the “Smart-Grid Parallel Universe” innovative concept, and is currently seeking seed funding.

The event was organized by Europe Unlimited in partnership with, Aerospace Valley, CNES and Toulouse Metropole and hosted by the Toulouse Space Show. Also as a part of the event, the opportunity was given to entrepreneurs to practice their presentations and obtain feedback from experts and coaches at the venture academy, held on the 1st of July. International industry speakers shared their point of view and experiences of the Space Technology Industry, where after time was made available for the Investors to meet one on one with the entrepreneurs.

Nikolaos-Antonios Livanos made the following statement:

“The 9th European Space Agency investment forum was an excellent opportunity for EMTech to enter the investment community, capture its mentality and start building a strong case on the company’s potential to acquire seed funding for our new venture. We presented our idea on how future energy smart-grids can take advantage of accurate, short-term, real-time simulations; a concept based on state-of-the-art spacecraft operational simulators’ software infrastructure used in all ESA missions. Additionally, we had a series of B2B meetings with several VC representatives, such as the Triangle Venture Capital Group and Google among others, and of course the opportunity to discuss the details of our business proposal. It was really an amazing experience and we are looking forward to participating in similar events in near future.”

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