The Antares Consortium was established in January 2005.
The Consortium was originally created to promote the innovation and development of SMEs in the space sector, with C.G.S. S.p.A. (Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio - General Space Company) as the reference company, supported by an important group of companies in Campania sharing complementary and similar experience.
Antares has always focused on satisfying the design and production requirements of components and technologies for application satellites, remote sensing and telecommunications services, whilst also covering aspects of Research, Development and Industrialisation.
Working at the site in San Giorgio del Sannio (Benevento), the associated companies – thanks to the experience and system support collaboration accumulated in the space sector, together with their equipment know-how – have been able to implement the initial developments of both the attitude control equipment and the energy subsystem as well as commercial satellite telecommunications. Through this situation, the consortium members have also acquired the technologies and resources necessary to produce a new generation of small satellites.
Antares is a consortium operating in the Benevento region, which has always focused on satisfying the design and production requirements of components and technologies for application satellites, telecommunications and remote sensing services. The consortium is industrially active and plays a major role in important projects such as the MIOSAT and PRISMA missions of the ASI (Italian Space Agency) and the ESEO of the ESA (European Space Agency). The ESEO represents the second mission, as part of the Education Satellite Programme of the ESA, in the wake of the experience gained through the SSETI Express (launched in 2005).
The ANTARES investments project has seen the fulfilment of the works needed to house the satellite infrastructures of the ORBCOMM gateway at the Dugenta site (Benevento). The ground station was inaugurated in March 2008. This infrastructure guarantees the supply of a narrow-band satellite telecommunications service (SNS) in the Mediterranean region. In addition, one of the innovation projects proposed by ANTARES concerns a system for supplying a real-time route-monitoring service for all vessel types through the integration between the constellation of Orbcomm telecommunications satellites and the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is compulsory for ships exceeding 300 tonnes).