The main objective of the COST 272 Action was to contribute to the identification of key requirements, analysis, performance comparison, architectural design and protocol specification of future packet-oriented satellite communication systems, with a clear focus on Internet-type system concepts, applications and protocols/techniques on the various layers.
Especially during the first year of the action, all partners agreed on trying to set up, as a further action objective, trials for validation of services based on the use of hybrid terrestrial and satellite networks. This objective has been only partially reached, but it was an important aggregation step.
The most relevant expected outcomes of the COST Action 272 were:
Finally COST 272 is the predecessor of the Satellite Communications Network of Excellence "SatNEx" (http://www.satnex.org/).
The Action was divided in three Working Groups (WG):
Each Working Group was coordinated by a Working Group leader ensuring that the Working Group activities contribute to the Action objectives.
The Working Group leaders were:
June 2001 to June 2005
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Greece
CNES – France
CNIT – Italy
ISTI (ex CNUCE), Institute of Italian National Research Council (CNR) –
DLR – Germany
ENST – France
Institut Jozef Stefan – Slovenia
Telecom Italia Lab – Italy
Telenor – Norway
University Carlos III Madrid – Spain; later University of Barcelona - Spain
University of Bradford – United Kingdom
University of Brussels – Belgium
University of Firenze – Italy
University of Genoa – Italy
University of Kosice - Slovakia
University of Surrey – United Kingdom
University of Vigo – Spain
Project Website: http://www.tesa.prd.fr/cost272/
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