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2017 ARTES Future Preparation Final Presentation Days
11-12 January 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

This annual event is to share the results of recently completed Future Preparation (formerly ARTES 1) activities. Registration for the event is free and open to anyone based in the ARTES Participating States.

ScyLight Workshop
8 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology) is the new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies. To launch the programmatic process, ESA’s Telecom’s directorate (TIA) is organising a workshop dedicated to the new element.

2017 Final Presentation Days for RF Payloads
14-16 February 2017, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The ESA Final Presentation Days for RF payloads, subsystems, products and technologies for Navigation, Communication and Remote Sensing.

2017 ARTES Final Presentation Days for Platform and Ground Segment
7-8 March 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

26 September 2016 – On 7-8 March 2017, ESA's directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) will be organising a workshop dedicated to final presentations of ARTES-supported activities relating to Platform and Ground Segment. 

Workshop on Microwave Technology and Techniques
3-5 April 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

The next edition of the Workshop on Microwave Technology and Techniques (MTT) has been announced. The call for abstracts is now open.

 

News

New ARTES programme element dedicated to optical communications: ScyLight

18 January 2017 – ESA's Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate (TIA) has launched a new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies: ScyLight.

SmallGEO media briefing

18 January 2017 – A special media briefing on SmallGEO and its first flight took place on Wednesday 18 January, at ESA HQ in Paris. Hispasat 36W-1 will be the first satellite to use the SmallGEO platform, marking the first partnership between ESA and the Spanish operator.

Airbus Defence & Space launches SpaceDataHighway challenge

12 January 2017 – Airbus Defence & Space, which developed the European Data Relay Satellite system (EDRS) in private-public partnership with ESA, has launched the SpaceDataHighway competition and will award up to €75k to the winning idea.

First flight trials for satellite-based air traffic management

20 December 2016 – First flight trials were recently undertaken by ESA and Inmarsat in the next stage of the ARTES Iris Precursor programme to deliver high-capacity secure digital data links via satellite for air–ground communications for cockpit crews over European airspace.

Alphasat hosted payload programme to be extended

20 December 2016 — ESA, Inmarsat, and payload providers have agreed to continue the very successful Alphasat hosted payload programme for another three years.

 

Latest Projects

EASO
Status Date: 18 January 2017
SPELL (Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library, https://sourceforge.net/projects/spell-sat/) is a free, open source software package developed by SES in cooperation with GMV. SPELL was conceived in order to automate the execution of satellite procedures. SPELL works on multiple satellite platforms and can be interfaced to multiple ground control systems. From 2011 to 2016, SES planned to launch 12 satellites. In the context of this SES' satellite fleet expansion, there was an inherent need to: • Increase the productivity of satellite controllers; and • Increase the level of standardization and safety in SES' satellite operations.
250WkaRC
Status Date: 17 January 2017
Design, development and test of an engineering model of a wideband and highly efficient radiation-cooled 250 W Ka band space traveling-wave tube.
Q/V-Feed
Status Date: 17 January 2017
The development of a slim line Q/V-band feed system engineering model suitable for multi-beam antenna applications and feed spacings of around 26mm. The development of a slimline Q/V-band feed system EM suitable for gateway applications in telecoms GEO VHTS systems.
Compact and Scalable Ka band Switch Matrix
Status Date: 16 January 2017
Feasibility of an advanced highly integrated, low mass and cost efficient High Order Scalable Solid State Switch Matrix for use in future Ka-band multibeam payloads, aiming at reaching higher on board capacities, higher number of user beams and even higher number of RF equipment units.
Next Generation Tactical and Mobile Satcom Systems Study
Status Date: 16 January 2017
Tactical and mobile satellite has become an increasingly important means of communications for European defence forces. Systems have predominantly been based around the UHF TacSat system, which is quick and easy to use, making it popular with users as a means of providing reliable voice and low rate data communications. However, the limited UHF spectrum and system capacity has meant that users have been looking increasingly to commercial mobile satellite systems to fill the gaps in capability. The Next Generation Tactical and Mobile Satcom Systems Study aims to develop typical user scenarios; identify the capability gaps in current systems; and produce technical (and non-technical) solutions to address these gaps.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Friday, January 13, 2017
Closing date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.34
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TF.04
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TF.05
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.81
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.39
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