Satellite Telemetry & Telecommand Systems

Designed for the Microsoft® Windows® Platform

Company History

Satellite Control Center

In 1987, Mr. A. Wenz,Adrian Wenz, Wenz Adrian, Wenz A., the founder and owner of Binary Space, was working as a trainee in the Operations Department (OD) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt (ESOC). During that time he developed, alongside space operations experts, a simple PC-based satellite telemetry monitoring system. Initially it was used to demonstrate the capabilities of the PCs then available and soon became a backup tool for ESA’s prime satellite control system known as the Multiple Satellite Support System (MSSS) and consequently was named Backup Satellite Support System (BSSS). The first satellites supported by BSSS were MARECS-A, MARECS-B, followed shortly thereafter by OTS. In 1988, Eutelsat, a European telecommunication satellite operations company located in Paris, purchased BSSS in order to be able to monitor the telemetry data from its ECS-1, ECS-2, ECS-4, ECS-5 satellites. The ESA ground station at Redu (Belgium) also used BSSS for this purpose. Another customer, British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), purchased additional systems to support its two telecommunications satellites starting from 1991.
The loss of the OLYMPUS satellite two years later proved to be an excellent opportunity for BSSS to demonstrate its capabilities: As the only telemetry monitoring system capable of both monitoring and processing incomplete telemetry frames, BSSS was the key system for the success of the subsequent recovery campaign. At that time, companies such as British Aerospace (BAe) and Telespazio (TPZ) purchased additional systems in order to support the recovery mission. The European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC) also became involved through the purchase of several BSSS during that time.
The experiences gained with earlier satellites led to the decision to use BSSS to support the In-Orbit Testing (IOT) of ITALSAT, launched in 1996. It also initiated the partial funding of the development of the next generation of satellite support system known as SatView™, which was initially used in 2001 to aid and accelerate the IOT of ARTEMIS as well as to support all ongoing operations.
As the number of customers for ARTEMIS was growing the following years, new companies like EADS Astrium or the ESA Optical Ground Station (OGS) in Tenerife were purchasing SatView™, mainly for monitoring the optical payload for the Liaison Optique Laser Aéroportée (LOLA) project and the Intersatellite Link Experiment (OPALE).
SatView™ remained in use to support the mission operations of ARTEMIS until the handover of the spacecraft to avanti by the end of 2014.