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The ESA Council appointed Dr Josef Aschbacher as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years. He will succeed Prof. Jan Wörner, whose term of office ends on 30 June 2021.

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    Development of a range of new high performance products for High Throughput Satellites (HTS) operating in K, Ka, Q and V bands and validation in a repeater subsystem demonstrator

  • Security Operations Services for Space (SECOPS)

    The mission of the SECOPS definition study is to identify the set of security requirements and controls enabling protected delivery of configurable satellite communications services to meet government requirements for the new class of GOVSATCOM satellites and secure commercial communications, with a particular focus on the ‘Pooling and Sharing’ use case.

  • DPP

    There is a growing interest in flexibility, suggesting that the telecom satellite with digital payload processors, will be an increasing market in the coming years. The digital payload processors need several technologies that are not readily available. The digital parts envisaged are power consuming with high currents at low voltages. This project focuses on the design of these power converters including adequate cooling of the parts.

  • SSDR

    The development of a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform designed for the implementation of high-end satellite communication applications. This is a new modular platform, with a carrier board mounted in a 19” rack mechanical enclosure and the capability of plugging powerful FPGA SoC modules, radio front-end modules, and high-speed DACs and ADCs into FMC+ connectors.

  • Honeywell Aspire 400 Inmarsat Satcom System

    The Aspire 400 satellite communication system provides safety voice and data services for the aircraft cockpit and in-flight, non-safety services for the aircraft cabin for business aviation, airlines and helicopters - anywhere in the world. Leveraging Inmarsat's satellite system, Aspire 400 brings greater connectivity, reliability, cost savings and efficiency, globally.


    The CYBERSAT project aims at investigating the effects of the current and upcoming cyber security regulations issued at European level on future satellite communication (SATCOM) systems and services. The twofold objective is, on the one hand, to identify and analyse the cyber security regulations and to assess their impact on the design, development and operations of SATCOM systems; on the other hand, to identify new SATCOM service opportunities fostered by these regulations.

  • C-Band LC-SSPA

    The RF product policy from Thales Alenia Space is built according to the expansion of the GaN power amplifier based on a vertical housing approach. In this frame, Thales Alenia Space proposed a study to develop and to qualify a C-band LC-SSPA using European GaN technology.


    The objective of the STEDI project is the development, manufacturing, test and comparison of different technology concepts for user terminal Ku-/Ka-band dplxs using novel technologies, aiming at large-scale fabrication of RF compact filters compatible with planar and monolithic circuits.

  • QPSA

    Quantum encryption based on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is an alternative to classical cryptography. It aims to solve the problem of key exchange by the use of physics and thus offers the potential of ensuring “unconditional secure” key exchange. Every attempt to eavesdrop on the key-exchange causes errors in the QKD protocol alerting the communicating parties of the attack.


    Development of a miniaturized space radiation monitor based on the hybrid active pixel detector technology

  • SIMO – (Sige Iq MOdulator)

    SIMO (Sige broadband Iq MOdulator) is a MMIC allowing direct conversion from baseband to an ultra-wide RF frequency (L band to Ka Band) enabling a new generation of compact, lightweight, and power efficient portable terminals.

  • Array Antenna Generating Multiple Fixed Wide Beams for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Applications

    A waveguide-based transmit (Tx) direct radiating array (DRA) operating in the Ku-band that is suitable for low earth orbit (LEO) applications is designed, manufactured, and RF tested. The designed passive aperture is fabricated monolithically by using selective layer melting (SLM) additive manufacturing (AM) technology and shows very good agreement with simulations.

  • ESPO

    Development of an innovative and light weight battery packaging made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) integrating an individual cell replacement feature.


    RADIOSAT: a miniaturized K/Ka band transceiver for small satellites.

  • KaHYB

    Four different frequency converter hybrids have been developed in the program. These converter hybrids can be used in payload equipment or in inter-satellite link applications.


    The main approach of this study was to develop ancillary power supplies for a Power Processing Unit (PPU) for electric propulsion systems which provide a high grade of flexibility and modularity to serve a wide spectrum of thruster assemblies.

  • HoPP

    This project focuses on the development of a hermetically packaged, fiber coupled photodiode for Ka-band with a bandwidth larger than 20 GHz capable of handling incident optical input powers of 120mW. Such photoreceiver modules are key building blocks of photonic RF links with very high dynamic range that will be extensively employed in microwave photonic payload designs.

  • uRTU

    The Micro Remote Terminal Unit (μRTU) provides interfaces for telemetry acquisition, telecommand execution and power to peripheral units on board a satellite. These interfaces are implemented in a modular way that allows the prime of the satellite to change the number and configuration of interfaces according to mission specific needs without the need to change hardware.

  • E2UT

    The objective of this project is to design and demonstrate solutions for compact and energy efficient Machine-to-Machine (M2M) user terminals for direct, massive uncoordinated access via satellite. A novel access scheme is developed for optimizing energy management at physical and access layer, looking at a global access network and targeting low duty cycle and volume traffic.

  • Highly Distributed Small Gateway for VHTS Applications

    The output of this system study is to determine the feasibility and limits of employing a large population of highly distributed small sized gateways to support future VHTS systems.

  • OneSat DPS

    The Deployable and Pointing System (DPS) is a major feature of the OneSat innovative, fully reconfigurable, software defined, and standardized satellite for commercial telecommunication missions in geostationary orbit. As per the previous Eurostar series, it allows to maximize the efficiency of the propulsion system with very significant mass saving with respect to classical chemical propulsion systems.

  • Next Generation High Data Rate Trunking Systems

    «Satellite trunking» is referring to very different services and usages. Here, we define trunking as the provision of high data rate point-to-point links for professional use. Up to now satellite trunking services (including mobile/cellular backhaul) are only provided by GEO satellites over regional coverage, with the notable exception of the equatorial O3B MEO constellation. Mega-constellations are developed to provide Internet access services to private customers. The future would be to rather use LEO/MEO constellations for the provision of high speed trunking services to professional customers. The question is : will be LEO/MEO constellations the right solution for the next generation of high speed trunking services

  • QUP

    In satellite communication new frequency bands are being used to handle more and faster communication. For RUAG Space AB to remain a leading independent supplier of converters and receivers, being able to deliver space qualified converters operating above Ka-band is essential. The Ka/Q-Band Up Converter Programme objective is to complement and to further strengthen RUAG Space converter and receiver products by performing this activity in the Q/V Converter product area.

  • QVHD

    Development of a high power receive/transmit Diplexer prototype for next generation Q/V-band ground stations with maximized spectrum utilization.

  • SatLink Beyond 2020

    The project renews modem portfolio and enhances SatLink VSAT Network capabilities related to mobility, security, and bandwidth efficiency including upgrade of forward link to S2X with increased throughput.

  • Carnot-Sat 5G

    The Carnot-Sat project aims to develop and validate a toolset which can be used in the planning and deployment of heterogeneous terrestrial/satellite networks, including optimisation, interoperability and network orchestration. It allows the quantitative design and evaluation of such networks and open up the market for satellites in 5G by focussing on the benefits to the terrestrial network operators.

  • Narrowband IoT for SmallSat Networks

    The overall goal is for GateHouse to provide a fully commercial quality 3GPP 5G compliant NB-IoT NTN SW solution including the payload - and UE parts (available for chipset manufactures and for dedicated HW).

  • multiMIND on EIVE

    Smaller and smarter – this is the trend for mini- and nanosatellites. Upcoming missions - such as IOT, SATCOM, spectrum monitoring, AIS, ADS-B and EO - show an increasing demand of power-efficient on-board processing capabilities. This activity leverages on latest-generation COTS processing technology integrated in a robust, cost-efficient and flexible space product to boost your system performance.

  • OT4NGsat

    Availability of broadband internet access has become a significant challenge in the development of the society and industry. Cloud services, big-data applications and global logistic businesses require secure, reliable, and fast internet coverage around the globe. Satellite communications can offer global coverage. Optical technologies are expected to play a major role for enabling the next generation of communication satellites.

  • IFM 350 Nano Thruster - IOD

    For the ICEYE precursor mission, FOTEC is developing an electric propulsion system. It is based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. A cluster of seven identical IFM nano thruster modules is manufactured - each capable of delivering up to 350 µN thrust. This redundant design ensures high reliability and versatility of the propulsion system. The thrusters are commissioned and tested in-orbit, supported under this ARTES Competitiveness & Growth – Demonstration Phase – Atlas project.

  • VSBT

    Design, develop and test in an operational environment a shipborne VDES transceiver prototype that integrates the Automatic Identification System (AIS), VHF Data Exchange (VDE) and Application Specific Messaging (ASM) functionalities into one single unit.

  • GNNete

    One of the major obstacles that the NewSpace market is faced with, is the incompatible costs associated with the operations of the spacecraft and the management of the data through the ground network offerings. Moreover, the limited frequency spectrum, has a damping effect to the growth of this market, as it severely limits the number of spacecraft that is possible to share this spectrum and get the necessary ITU frequency allocation within timescales compatible with the aggressive schedules of this market. Project GNNetE aims to address those problems directly.

  • CASTeC

    The project aims at reaching validation of CASTeC, a tool for advanced telemetry checking for satellites constellations, in an operational scenario (TRL 8). CASTeC provides early identification of anomalies in the behaviour of satellites relative to a contextualised standard, enabling fault isolation and mitigation strategies definition. It may also support the identification of critical operative conditions affecting service performance.

  • C-Band Deployable Antenna for Microsats

    This project is a pathfinder mission in order for Oxford Space Systems to develop and fly the technological building blocks required for future unfurlable antennas. It is supported under ARTES Competitiveness & Growth – Demonstration Phase (Atlas). The objective of the project is to design, manufacture and test in orbit a 3.5m diameter C-band high gain reflector antenna flight unit for an Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission.

  • HighPEEK

    This ARTES Advanced Technology project aims to develop conductive thermoplastic secondary structure parts for telecom satellites. The parts are modeled according to real metallic baselines, and are verified in their relevant environment (technology readiness level 5). The goal is to significantly decrease part mass and lead time, while retaining conduction requiring applications.

  • Development of a Low-Profile End-User Terminal for Ka-Band Mobility Applications

    To design, develop, validate and deliver a production-ready, multi-beam, low-profile, Ka band satellite ground terminal suitable for Land or Maritime mobility applications on GEO, MEO and/or LEO networks


    Artificially intelligent satellites and communication systems, once solely the province of science fiction, are now a reality. Recent advances have equipped the latest generation of space platforms with new levels of autonomy, awareness and resilience. CGI have partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) and industry to develop the Autonomous Satellite Solutions (AUTSS) platform, an artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) accelerator for the Satcoms industry. CGI has created AUTSS to address the unique engineering challenges of Space. AUTSS combines CGI’s 50 years of experience in the European and North American Space industry with: optimised hardware; Machine-Learning-as-a-Service (MLaaS); and bespoke AI tooling. The platform offers substantial reductions in the cost, time and risk required to explore how AI can improve your business.

  • FDISmallGEO

    FDISmallGEO activities are to support further development and industrialization of the generic platform of the OHB SmallGEO Product Line in order to sustain the competitiveness of this platform.

  • VLEO for Telecommunications

    Does moving telecommunications satellites to Very Low Earth Orbits make sense?

  • Electronic Pressure Regulator

    The limitations of mechanical pressure and flow regulation as used in heritage spacecraft propulsion systems, have had to be accepted together with their inherent limited capabilities simply due to the fact that fully proportional control has, until this point, not been technically possible. The Nammo Electronic Pressure Regulator system developed under this keystone ARTES 5.1 programme has enabled a step change to provide infinitely variable flow and pressure regulation at competitive cost to all spacecraft propulsion systems.

  • EuroSMG

    The EuroSMG project consists of the design, manufacture, testing and qualification of an ITAR-free European Stepper Motor Gearbox (SMG). The EuroSMG contains no off-the-shelf sub-assemblies and is a full concept to qualification programme. The EuroSMG is designed to meet the requirements of a Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADM) for the GEO Telecom Satellite market.

  • LightBar

    Project LightBar develops a communications-enabled lightbar that provides seamless hybrid communications for extended coverage, data reach and performance capability for emergency services and civil markets such as construction and utilities. The enhanced lightbar design is lightweight, low cost, low profile, small form factor and modular with a flexible design that provides: hybrid connectivity, satellite and cellular bonding, and resilient positioning.

  • SDRMakerspace

    SDR Makerspace is an initiative of the European Space Agency and Libre Space Foundation bringing together makers, open-source hackers, radio amateurs, researchers, from all over Greece and provide funding, resources, and a passionate community tackling together challenges in using Software Defined Radio for space communications, opening up space communications development to a wide variety of people, organizations and companies.

  • EPJT

    The EPJT project develops modular technologies for cost efficient space propulsion mechanism. Key-elements are a light and robust geared actuator, high-load carrying ball joints, a modular harness routing system across the mechanism.

  • Wideband RF over IP demonstrator (WROI)

    The development and testing of a prototype of an analog IF over digital IF acquisition/generation demonstrator for instantaneous signal bandwidth up to 5GHz, together with a set of data compression techniques to minimize the digital data rate required to transmit a given analog IF bandwidth over a terrestrial network, optimized for a selected couple of scenarios.

  • LCT Enhancement

    In this program, two replacement subunits of the LCT were developed and qualified. The units are the Fame Unit Structure (FUS) and the Telescope Unit (TLU). These units replace previous units and have to comply with the existing LCT design. This development took into account experience gained from the previous designs and handling to achieve a robust design and decrease overall cost of LCT while maintaining the known performance requirements. TLU and FUS have significant influence on the LCT mechanical design. Therefore, a LCT mechanical demonstrator (LMD) was built to qualify the required mechanical loads.


    The technology and the fast growing number of spacecraft using Electric Propulsion got ahead the nowadays Flight Dynamics Systems, - slowly, yet surely - making them outdated. As a result, there is a need of a new Flight Dynamics System capable of computing faster and more accurately the curled trajectories described by the Electric Propelled Spacecraft.


    The project MLSAT investigates the applicability of machine learning or in general, artificial intelligence techniques in the context of satellite communications. Potential machine learning (ML) use cases in the field of satellite communications are identified and proof-of-concepts (PoC) are demonstrated for selected scenarios.

  • RW6000 Reaction Wheel

    Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH intendeds to enter new markets with its new state-of-the-art High Momentum Wheel RW6000. The smart reaction wheel provides a 100 Nms momentum capacity and an output torque of 0.2 Nm. Furthermore, it offers a digital interface with an embedded closed loop controller for higher accuracy and torque stability.

  • 150W C-Band Industrialisation Phase of Radiation and Conduction Cooled TWTs

    Qualification of 150W C-Band RC and CC Traveling Wave Tubes

  • Technology Development for Q-Band Linearizers

    Since satellite operators aim for more bandwidth to increase data throughput and capacity new system and payload concepts are required, leading also to the demand for new equipment. One promising option to increase capacity for HTS systems is moving the feeder link from Ka-band to Q/V-band. The focus of this activity targets the development of Q-band linearisers.

  • CISL

    Low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are flying in an altitude between 200km and 2000km above Earth and hence are limited in the amount of time they are visible to a ground station (typically around 20 minutes). This is limiting the amount of data that can be exchanged. However if the data is relayed to a geosynchronous-Earth-orbit (GEO) satellite, the available LEO satellite data transmission time (and amount of data) can be drastically increased.

  • TDTM

    Development of a 3 axis arm supporting GIE thruster.

  • On-Board IP Router (OBR)

    On-board handling of higher-layer protocols via an ad-hoc router device makes it possible to provide satellite connectivity completely by-passing the (possibly) clogged/compromised terrestrial infrastructure, to facilitate IP mobility, to reduce traffic load on satellite uplinks by deploying IP multicasting on board the satellite, and to provide true packet-by-packet end-to-end connectivity between satellite terminals in meshed configuration or ISL environment.


    This project covers the design and the development of the link and network layer mechanisms required to support end-to-end unicast data connectivity over inter-satellite links in small satellite constellation networks. SPIDER stands for Small Platform Inter-satellite Data Exchange Routes, being an obvious reference to the spider’s ability to create webs, which is precisely the purpose of this project.

  • Mx-SAT

    Mx-SAT is a C&G Technology project that covers research tracks on efficiency and scalability improvements for the Newtec Dialog® system containing the platform and terminals. The Newtec Dialog® platform is a multiservice satellite communications platform that allows satellite service providers to build and adapt their network easily as their business grows.

  • SatNEx IV

    SatNEx IV activities aim to study medium/long term directions of satellite telecommunication systems for any of the commercial or institutional applications that can be considered appealing by key players but still not mature enough for attracting industry or initiating dedicated ESA R&D activities.

  • THALES ALENIA SPACE avionics development on new ARM-based Systems on Chip

    This technology phase study aims to develop the Thales Alenia Space generic and highly competitive avionics product for future satellite platforms. It includes OBC-core unit with the rad-hard technologies NG-ULTRA that embeds a R52 quad-core ARM-based MPSoC and the largest space FPGA. The OBC-core constitutes, together with the modular Avionics Centralized Electronics and High Power Unit, the backbone of Thales Alenia Space future avionics.

  • ESA VS-GEO Study

    Recent developments by telecommunication satellite manufacturers have stimulated interest in carrying small payloads to GEO. Additionally, growth of very small telecommunication satellites in LEO has helped to improve the performance/resilience of very small satellites. This study has explored the feasibility of implementing GEO microsatellites for Telecommunications applications, including the potential business cases. A baseline Ku-Band IoT services mission was then developed.


    VIBeS project addressed the design, prototyping and validation of Virtual PEP agents to efficiently support the satellite-terrestrial convergence in upcoming 5G scenarios. The proposed approach leverages both NFV technology and cutting-edge web protocols. To assess the proposed solutions, a highly configurable Proof-of-Concept testbed was developed and tailored for the experimentation of broadband services aligned with 5G use-cases and verticals.


    In HENCSAT we have developed a novel concept based on bit-torrent and network coding technologies that provides more resilient networking that can be loaded closer to its full capacity. HENCSAT empowered the study and testing of robust and powerful networking over heterogeneous satellite and radio links in potentially difficult mobile scenarios where packet loss and interruptions may occur. By applying Network Coding in combination with novel resource management significant improvements can be obtained over traditional approaches. Application areas include aerial, vehicular and maritime users with sources like photos, video and other critical data. The focus was specifically on video over multiple networks.

  • CSCE

    The mission of RHEA Cyber Security Centre of Excellence is to develop supporting technologies enabling agile and effective cyber-security services, including education and training, operations, research, experimentation, test & evaluation, supporting the needs of the European space community as well as the wider aerospace, humanitarian, critical infrastructure, and defence & security communities.

  • Flexible Compact Array Stack Rotation And Release Mechanism

    The Flexible Compact Array (“FCA”) is a new type of solar array that is currently being developed. It has an unprecedented performance in terms of stowed volume, mass in the high power spectrum (10 kW - 35 kW). To enable reliable deployment of the blanket, two types of mechanisms are developed and verified. A wing demonstrator is realised to enable full functional testing of these mechanisms.

  • FSHA

    Thales Alenia Space is a major player in the LEO, MEO, HEO GEO, L2 or interplanetary satellite industry and has therefore a large background in systems and subsystems definition. In particular, Thales Alenia Space is developing a new product line of geostationary telecommunication satellites, Spacebus NEO, more and more powerful where harness accommodation is already challenging. The study of a new harness architecture based on a large flexible printed circuit board, associated connectors, intelligent connectors integrating multiplexing and demultiplexing functions will ease the harness accommodation for telecommunications payloads.


    The project consists in advanced activities paving the way to NewSpace equipment, intended to cover the platform needs in terms of electronics. The key success factors are a drastic reduction of recurrent price and mass of the equipment based on three pillars : integration & standardization, low cost components and innovative technologies.


    Design, development and demonstration of innovative gateway and user terminal prototypes enabling a vast variety of Internet of Things (IoT) use cases and able to efficiently provide bi-directional Machine-to-Machine (M2M) services in GEO and non-GEO scenarios for both fixed and mobile applications.

  • SBVT

    The objective is to identify on-board transmitter and receiver technologies that enable two-way VHF data exchange via Low Earth Orbit Satellite, according to the emerging VDES specifications.


    This activity aims to develop Engineering Models of fast locking connectors for cable assemblies compatible with standard SMA Jack connectors.

  • Cygni

    The satellite broadcast market is under pressure. OTT is taking market share from DTH. Density and ease of use is more and more a requirement. However, there are opportunities for innovative products that support the high-level quality standards of the satellite broadcast market as well as the upcoming OTT market.


    The project’s outcomes deals with the design, implementation and validation of a satellite gateway able to receive and manage the traffic transmitted by a large population of terminals asynchronously transmitting short messages with low duty cycle via a satellite communication channel.

  • Assessment of QUIC over Satellite Links

    QUIC is a new encrypted-by-default Internet transport protocol that accelerates HTTP traffic and which has the intention to eventually replace TCP. The project objectives are to identify the root causes of any shortfalls in QUIC performance over satellite, influence and propose changes to the specification, and evaluate them using a real-time emulation test bed. The results of this work are contributed to the IETF.

  • Collaborative and Dynamic Approaches to Increasing Spectrum Utilisation

    The project studies applications of dynamic spectrum management techniques to Satellite communications, with the goal of quantifying the potential improvement in spectrum utilization that can be achieved by applying collaborative and dynamic spectrum allocation techniques.

  • Telco EGSE (Power & TMTC SCOE)

    Telco EGSE TMTC SCOE: Cost effective COTS HW elements and highly customizable SW layer for implementation of baseband TM/TC interfaces and related functions. Telco EGSE Power SCOE: Implementation in UniverSAS® (existing product) of some specific enhancements identified for Power SCOEs tailored for Telecom Satellites. UniverSAS® product was already successfully validated in over 50 Power and Launch SCOE systems.


    The project intends to study and design a broadband satellite system for RPAS communications using HAPS as a relay node. The activity considers the flight dynamics of RPAS and HAPS, and their constraints in terms of mass and power. The development includes the end-to-end link as well as physical, data link, and network layers. The project develops a system demonstrator to validate the concept.


    The M2M market is increasing fast and more bandwidth is required. Ku-band M2M services can offer this bandwidth but require low-cost front-end components to be accepted by the market. The SiGeM2M project is demonstrating the implementation of the complete front-end transmitter functionality in a low-cost and low-power SiGe RF IC.

  • AVAT

    Design and development of a prototype of a low profile aeronautical dual frequency band antenna designed for both Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service (AMS(R)S) air-traffic management and other existing aircraft applications.


    CODYSUN aims at investigating the benefits of new, forward looking dynamic spectrum access techniques, over currently existing methods to share spectrum among satellite services.

  • HCA ARTES 5.1

    Development of a Heat Controlled Accumulator (HCA) for two-phase Mechanically Pumped Loops. The HCA is apart from an expansion vessel also able to control the evaporation temperature of the MPL P/L heat exchangers.

  • R3 Artes

    R3 IoT are an end to end sensor-to-cloud solutions company differentiated by its satellite-enabled smart gateway. With 90% of the planet not serviced by communications infrastructure the system allows companies with remote operations to gain insight and improve operations. This project is developing the next generation of R3 technology, integrating new strategic technologies, improving the value-adding capabilities of our demonstrated service, and preparing for large-scale deployments around the world.

  • Hi-Sat - Ku-Band Antennas for Mobile In-Vehicle Entertainment

    This project is aimed at the development of low-profile and low-cost hybrid mechanical-electronic steerable antenna concepts that will allow reception of the signal transmitted by Ku-band geostationary satellites to cars and other vehicles.


    The purpose of the project is to perform a study on the Integration of Satellite Backhauled HAPS in Future SATCOM Networks. The project starts with a case selection and scenario definition, followed by a suitability analysis, identification of necessary adaptations on 5G and development and validation of the adaptations. The project ends with the conclusions, roadmap and recommendations.


    Using three proofs-of-concept this project shows how the application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques in the domain of satellite communications can offer improved performance and reduced operations costs.

  • SLPMC2

    Solid lubrication in ball bearings was an issue since the ceasing of DUROID5813. The aim of the SLPMC2 project was to develop a fully European material for cages in solid lubricated ball bearings. Several compositions were designed, manufactured and tested up to ball bearings. The best performing material showed lower torque as competitive materials. It will be produced by ENSINGER as TECASINT TSE 8591.

  • NB-IoT4Space

    This activity develops an on-board eNB capable of overcoming the technical challenges of using standards that aren’t originally conceived for satellite communications, preferably compatible with small satellite platforms. The eNB is integrated in a testbed capable of emulating different scenarios and relevant channel impairments to validate its performance in realistic conditions.

  • MCAMv3 Phase 2

    The objective of this project is to develop new functionalities on the new generation of miniaturised cameras. New features will be implemented on the MCAMv3 in order to boost the versatility of the existing design.

  • L-XTA – Large Xenon Tank Assembly

    The “Large Xenon Tank Assembly” (L-XTA) is high-performance, cost-competitive COPV for storage of Xenon for hybrid or full-electric satellite propulsion systems. To cover the volume range of 300-900 l, two dedicated “tank families” were established, each with a common diameter. Tank qualification is currently in progress and introduction to the first satellite applications is in 2019, beginning with the Electra and Neosat missions.

  • Internet of Things Technology Demonstration

    Lacuna Space Ltd provides a simple and reliable global connection service that links physical devices, such as temperature sensors and location trackers, to the internet. It uses low-orbit satellites which connect the devices to its network, enabling monitoring even in the most remote areas.


    The project concerns the development of an L-band High-Power Dual-Polarization Feed Chain, mainly intended for future Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) satellite antennas. Radiating element and diplexers are integrated in the feed chain to allow simultaneous operation in receive and transmit mode. Envelope and mass shall be minimized to allow cluster arrangement in large, multiple beam, array fed reflector antenna architectures.

  • Highly Linearity GaN Mixer

    Aim of this project was the design of two GaN down-converter mixers with very high linearity. One mixer was a Ku-band mixer, the other one a Ka-band mixer. Both mixers have integrated baluns and an integrated LO drive amplifier. As GaN foundry supplier OMMIC (France) was used. The complete project duration was 24 months.

  • Centaur

    In this activity we perform a preliminary design of possible hybrid antenna solutions for future mobile terminals. The best solution is designed in detail. A demonstrator of the antenna is manufactured and tested to validate the most critical aspects of the design and the expected capabilities.

  • UTWM

    This project consists of the development and implementation of a demonstrator for DVB-S2X wideband transmission links - supporting baud rates up to 1.4 Gsps.

  • AGHP - Additive Manufacture of Embedded Heat Pipes

  • Project Mercury

    OrbAstro has matured the requirements for a Flocking Module, a sub-1U onboard plug-in module that wholly enables active formation flight and autonomous flock-level management for constellations/clusters of nanosatellites. OrbAstro built the simulation tools to stress-test these requirements, developed the associated K-/Ka-band RF subsystem to EM level, and carried out mission analyses to verify the value added by the Flocking Module.


    The objective of this project is the assessment of satellite networks technology evolutions that can mitigate the effect of satellite latency on the user quality of experience, so that satellite networks can be integrated more seamlessly within the 5G ecosystem.

  • HiDuct

    First steps in the development of a hybrid structure with high thermal conductivity has been completed. The structure, consisting of stacked graphite foils sandwiched between aluminium sheets with integrated hooks, can replace currently used two- phase heat transportation systems with associated mass and cost savings. Deletion of two-phase systems improves in addition thermal control system testing.


    METAMORPHOSIS will define (a) cross-industry cooperation opportunities offered to the European and Canadian satellite industry when considering the convergence of SatCom with the 5G terrestrial business/solutions/technologies/operational concepts for the targeted verticals of transport, media and public safety, (b) integrated satellite terrestrial reference architecture enabling service integration across different verticals, (c) technology development roadmaps and strategic actions necessary for the European & Canadian industry to be able to address these opportunities.

  • ALIX

    Through its activities, ALIX supports the satellite communication community to engage with 3GPP in order to develop contributions and advocate positions favourable to the SatCom sector within the 3GPP standardisation process such that they result in tangible industrial opportunities. The project gathers organisations from the satellite communication community each holding key positions in 3GPP as contributors, rapporteurs of study items or chairmanship of Working Group.

  • Study of Enhanced Multicarrier (OFDM) Digital Transmission Techniques for Broadband Satellites

    OFDM techniques are currently well established in terrestrial mobile networks but have not found up to now significant use in the space community. The project had an exploratory nature evaluating possible advantages of OFDM-like waveforms in broadband satellite applications.

  • CCD5

    To design and validate a joint BLoS (Beyond-Line-of-Sight) and LoS (Line-of-Sight) air interface for the command and control of UAVs in the 5030‐5091 MHz band, implement a UAV terminal prototype and to present a waveform design for standardization in the relevant bodies.

  • Digital IF

    Digital IF provides analogue to digital conversion (downlink) and digital to analogue Conversion (uplink) of the IF signals in satellite ground stations. This allows signal transport over the standard GbE network and therefore the physical decoupling of the antenna sites from data processing sites.


    The study aims at identifying and analysing the opportunities that in-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacture may bring to the satcom sector from a technical and business perspective - excluding active debris removal. Good innovation and development roadmaps are mandatory outcomes but they must be linked to credible business cases where total costs are exceeded by the financial benefits to operators.

  • WSH

    This project demonstrates the feasibility of a fully software-defined satellite gateway/teleport implementation scalable to support handling of 5 GHz instantaneous RF bandwidth based on cloud technology and generic processing hardware. The DVB-S2/S2X/DVB-RCS2 modulation and demodulation is performed by processing of digitized I&Q samples on general x86 CPU hardware with cloud technology, without the use of FPGAs or GPUs.

  • Xtend 5G

    Cloud transformation of Forsway’s hybrid satellite/terrestrial Xtend Hub for quicker deployments, closer integration with 5G/NFV networks, and higher innovation speed. The project is the first step towards creating a highly optimized system for connecting vehicles with a combination of satellite and terrestrial technologies.

  • SkyMon VSAT

    SkyMon VSAT is a fully integrated VSAT monitoring and geolocation solution that closes the last gap to resolve satellite interference. It allows operators to detect, identify and locate satellite interferences originating from VSAT networks. SkyMon VSAT is the latest member in the market leading Atos SkyMon product range, a highly comprehensive toolset to effectively mitigate satellite interference.


    QuadSAT’s project offers the satcom industry a dynamic new way to test antennas, by utilizing advanced drone and radio frequency technology. The system is an effective tool to help adhere to emerging SOMAP regulations, and provides a faster, cheaper, and easier alternative to traditional testing facilities.

  • Expanse

    The Expanse project explores the possibility and impact of data acquisition, processing and data-based actuation within a comprehensive 5G satellite-terrestrial system using additional data sources, such as Earth Observation data and data from the application layer. The intention is to widen the technology horizon of SatCom industry in the direction of a more data-centric approach.

  • Reflect Array for Medium Size Apertures

    The product developed in this project is reflectarray antennas that aims to provide RF performance comparable to conventional shaped reflectors for contoured beam applications or multi-aperture reflector farms for multiple beam applications, while offering advantages in terms of cost, accommodation, versatility, and ability to define the coverage late in the development plan.

  • OneWeb Power, TCR and PayLoad test System (PTS) EGSE

    Megaconstellations: Power Check Out System Tele Command Ranging (TT&C Check Out System) Payload Test System

  • MCC-SO

    This project contributes to the development of some major evolutions of the Thales Alenia Space Mission Control Center (MCC) product line, SpaceOps. This product line aims at offering Satcom Operators a comprehensive solution enabling them to benefit at best of their fleet resources while dealing with their increasing complexity, especially brought by latest VHTS and Flexible Payloads.

  • M2MSatNet

    The objective of this activity is to investigate system solutions for next generation satellite-based low-cost M2M services able to support a very large number of nodes.

  • Development of an Adaptive DVB-RCS/DVB-S2 On Board Processing System for Meshed Communications

    The main objective of the project was to develop a laboratory model of an on board processor chain that could be used to validate the new algorithms. This laboratory model will be the baseline for new OBP generations, and will allow the procurement of qualified and flight models to potential satellite operators.

  • Preparations for the World radio Conference 2019

    This activity supported ESA Telecommunications in the identification of opportunities and threats for satellite communications related to the Agenda Items of the World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19). A number of topics have been followed in more detail – such as the increasing spectrum requests from the mobile operator community. Positions have been defended at a number of regulatory meetings, in coordination with ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operator Association). The activity has contributed to a number of briefings to ARTES industry at ARTES public event.

  • IFM Micro 100

    The proposed activities are to develop the IFM Micro 100, a 100W class electric propulsion thruster based on FEEP technology. It is an externally mounted thruster intended for orbit raising and station keeping of Small-Satellites. Within the project the performance of the thruster will be optimized and the manufacturing line to prepare the IFM Micro 100 series for Heritage Space Customers is getting improved.

  • CBA Satcom4ATM

    The project aims at understanding how satellite technologies may affect the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance services for Air Traffic Management in the long-term. In particular, how they will interact with new challenges and what business cases may be generated through these technologies. For a set of promising cases, it develops a Cost-Benefit Analysis, to incentivise the development of satellite solutions.

  • ARAMk4 SA

    The ARA Mk4 solar array is an evolution of the successful ARA Mk3, of which 69 flight models have been built (including its robust derivative ‘FRED’). Key feature is its versatility - both in terms of power (4-15 kW), of possible configurations (number of panels, dimensions, type of photovoltaics) and of mission applications (LEO, MEO, GEO, manned space, interplanetary).

  • WIND Sequel

    The WIND Sequel project aims at enhancing the ST Engineering iDirect’s Dialog Platform® ground segment product and at developing features specifically targeting the Enterprise and Cellular Backhaul markets.

  • Qritical

    With upcoming technologies, new type of security threats will appear which require consideration now to develop the protection measures in time. Qritical identifies relevant use cases for the protection of European Critical infrastructure using space-based optical communication, specifically space-based quantum key distribution, and develops a communications security architecture with corresponding technical, operational and mission requirements.

  • Next Generation Upright Metamorphic 4-Junction Space Solar Cells

    Electric propulsion will be the next generation technology for raising communication satellites into geostationary orbit. This requires continuous power supply from the solar generator already during orbit raising. Thus, new powerful and lightweight solar generators are mandatory. They require a solar cell with highest end-of-life power and low weight. The 4G32C developed in this contract is the first metamorphic (UMM) 4- junction solar cell featuring AZUR SPACE’s proprietary radiation-hardening design and reaching an EOL efficiency of 27.5%. By thinning the cells down to 90 μm substrate thickness, the 4G32C features a weight of approx. 50 mg/cm² that corresponds to 60% of the mass of the current cell products.

  • AISMAN – Miniaturized Low-Weight Space Antenna for AIS VHF Applications

    Aim of the AISMAN project is to design, manufacture and test a miniaturized space array antenna suitable for SAT-AIS application. Miniaturization is understood as a technique to reduce the size of the antenna in stowed configuration. Both techniques to reduce the physical dimensions of the single-element antenna and techniques to fold/deploy the final array antenna aperture have been considered. After trade-offs at element and array level, a miniaturized antenna element, working at VHF frequencies and suitable for AIS applications, has been studied, designed, manufactured and extensively tested. The design process has been refined and validated through experimental measurements, providing a valuable design tool for further antenna design steps. The antenna element has been also tested in embedded array configuration, with inclusion of a satellite mock-up, and compliance to the array requirements has been demonstrated. A parallel study on DBF techniques has been carried out. An additional activity (CCN-01) has led to the design, manufacturing and full test (RF & thermal) of an improved antenna element, moving a step closer to flight model production. The test outcomes show that the initial trade-offs could result in different element selection if driven by specific mission requirements. Such requirements can set different weights to the trade-off marking, driving the selection of the element accordingly. The flexibility of the element design allows accommodating this selection process. A Design, Development and Test Plan has been prepared, considering non-recurring and recurring costs for a batch production of up to 30 FM items.


    Demonstration of a 4N (0.9lbf) bipropellant reaction control thruster.

  • SVNO

    The hiSky project is focused on the development and demonstration of an advanced satellite communication system, tools and services models for voice, data and IoT communication. This allows the establishment of a fully functional Satellite Virtual Network Operator SVNO operation.


    The objective of this activity is to identify different business model architectures for debris removal systems together with the associated high-level Concept of Operations where applicable. After finding a valid business model, then an initial design of the associated chaser is made, including verification of the initial cost estimates of the service assumed in the business model.

  • A3M

    Market-driven challenges for improving the performance requirements of telecommunication satellites necessitate the development of innovative new technologies. Highly integrated RF modules combined with active antennas are gaining in importance. For these systems, new Transmit and Receive modules and integrated antenna concepts are in development within the A3M Project.


    The objective of the Project is the development of a real-time TM/TC fleet operations command and control software system able to support the telemetry processing, display, archiving and commanding requirements of a very large satellite fleet system.

  • Q/V Band Antenna Technology

    Two Q/V band antennas (6m and 10m) using advanced composite reflector technology are developed and tested using a broadband satellite payload.

  • Thuraya Aero by SCOTTY – Systems for Cockpit-Services

    The aim of the project is to provide a full spectrum of L-Band Aeronautical SatCom systems to support cabin, cockpit and aircraft communication using the THURAYA satellite network in both its present constellation and planned future configuration.

  • Array Fed Reflector Antenna (FAFR)

    An array fed reflector antenna, based on a passive multi-feed-per-beam architecture, enables the generation of shaped beams of different size, matching the particular shape of the areas they are designed to cover, thus improving the usable capacity of the overall system. A very complex BFN is built as a single part exploiting additive manufacturing techniques.

  • 5G4Space

    This activity develops the necessary adaptations of 3GPP terrestrial radio access technologies with potential use in satellite communications. Examples of such technologies are modulations, forward error correction coding techniques, multiple access schemes and interference management techniques. The development of a combined hardware/software verification platform allows assessing their performance in a set of satellite related scenarios.


    QKD4ECI aims at identifying problem areas in European critical infrastructure, where space-based optical communication technologies, and in particular Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) can provide improved security. The design, development and deployment of a respective communications security architecture with corresponding technical, operational and mission requirements has been addressed as well as the development of a roadmap for critical enabling technologies.


    In the TB-Grid Project the design and manufacturing methods for the development of highly efficient tubular CFRP grid structures for space application have been developed. A Boom segments for a deployable antenna and a Central Tube for satellite support have been manufactured (patented winding process) and tested, demonstrating the outstanding weight efficiency, versatility and general performance of CFRP grid structures.

  • Frequency Hopped Spread Spectrum waveform implementation.

    This project has developed and implemented a, exportable, secure, interference resilient satcom waveform for commercial and government markets.

  • DR&PAP

    The Telecommunication Satellite market is in front of a deep evolution induced by new standard of design, production and validation. These evolutions are directly inspired by what is applied on other aerospace, military or transportation sectors. The move from the classical GEO segment to LEO or MEO constellations bring series production inside the industry of satellites with possibility to increase automation and to raise productivity through digital transformation of factories.

  • TOmCAT

    To overcome data rate limitations of RF communication links with satellites, the TOmCAT consortium led by TNO envisions terabit class optical communication feeder links for next generation very high throughput satellites. TOmCAT is a project which develops all key technologies to enable Ground Terminals for Terabit/s Optical Feeder Links.


    The activity addresses advanced pre-compensation techniques for optical uplinks. It incorporates experimental test setups for verification in laboratory environment, as well as during outdoor test campaigns. In essence, it lays the foundation for the future product development of Synopta’s next generation adaptive optical ground stations (AOGS).

  • Roadmap Techno 5G

    The output of this study is a roadmap of payload equipment supporting flexibility in the 5G environment.

  • Feasibility Study and Pre-test of a Low-Cost Concentrator Solar Array

    Low cost concentrator to enhance solar array performance.

  • GEO Orbit Determination using an APS-based Navigation Sensor

    Current Attitude and Orbit Determination Systems for geostationary satellites are typically based on Earth- and Sun-sensors, supplemented by gyros and ground stations for orbit determination. This trend, however, changed towards the increased use of star sensors as primary attitude sensors, which is a first step towards an APS based navigation sensor.

  • NATALIA: New Automotive Tracking Antenna for Low-cost Innovative Applications

    The objective of the NATALIA project is to realise a Ku-band antenna front-end which will be part of a mobile satellite terminal for automotive applications.

  • Preparation of WRC-15 and Support to European Regulatory Activities

    The World Radiocommunications Conferences (WRCs) are the organ of the ITU with the responsibility for amending the Radio Regulations. For this reason WRCs are of significant importance to the communications industry. ESA’s project within its ARTES-1 programme “Preparation of WRC-15 and Support to European Regulatory Activities” provided the opportunity for the ESA to support the general positioning of the European satellite industry to promote and safeguard the European interests on issues to be addressed at the WRC-15.

  • NANOcoat

    The main goal of this project is to select coating materials and technologies to increase the power conversion efficiency of III–V photovoltaic cells to be used in satellites. The final purpose is to demonstrate a performance increase at bare solar cell level of at least 0.5%, with respect to the competing current state of the art solutions.

  • Overview of the satcom industry in ESA’s Cooperation States

    This study aimed at identifying the areas in where industry from the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary and Poland could participate in the ARTES programme. This study covered ground segment and space segment activities, as well as applications, taking into account the national space policy and industrial context in each country.

  • FOLC

    The FOLC project is a technological phase in preparation to the development of a space-qualified optical communication chain, primarily intended for LEO satellite constellations feeder link but also applicable to GEO. The targeted capacity of the feeder link is 180Gbps data rate uplink and 120Gbps data rate downlink.


    High-rate, flexible, command and monitoring payload computer for digital telecommunication payloads.

  • WSLO

    Due to customer requirements of smaller size, shorter lead times and more flexible frequency allocations, this work has targeted the Local Oscillator for the next generation of RUAG converter and receiver family. The goals in this project are lower recurring cost and shorter lead time than the current Local Oscillator.


    The purpose of this activity is to identify new technologies and architectures of interest for payload output sections of geostationary telecommunication satellites, to retain the most promising solutions and propose associated roadmaps for their introduction by the industry of the participating countries on the commercial satellite market


    This activity focuses on the system use cases and system gain analysis as well as the demonstration of content distribution in the form of the digital broadcasting of content via high throughput satellites in the future. For one this is the integration of digital broadcasting services in the context of high throughput satellite systems as well as the development of a satellite content distribution network system that is capable of caching video and offering non-linear video services such as video-on-demand and a mix of linear and non-linear video services as well as efficiently distributing multicast traffic. The end goal is a lab a caching file transfer and cache management technique selection with a full implementation of a demonstrator and a comprehensive assessment of the system aspects.

  • MCAMv3

    The objective of this project is to develop and manufacture a new generation of miniaturised cameras (M-CAM) based on previous concepts. The "MCAMv3" shall be based as much as possible on “plug and play” features, in order to obtain the smallest generic and qualified space camera owning standard interfaces.


    The project focuses on developing a simulator, for analyzing interference scenarios related to Non-geostationary (NGSO) satellite systems. The main objective of this simulator will be to test and validate satellite system designs, including mitigation techniques, against various interference scenarios in which NGSO constellations and/or GSO satellites operate, with the definition of interference mitigation strategies, aimed at enable the coexistence of different systems in the same frequency bands.

  • LiveSatPreDem

    The objective of this study is to implement and demonstrate, through live demonstration over a real GEO satellite, Multi-User Multiple Input Single Output (MU-MISO) digital signal processing techniques, namely precoding, in the Forward (FWD) link of a multi-beam satellite system operating in full frequency reuse (FFR). The study shall increase the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of precoding to 5.


    The MRC-SAT Project, featuring the introduction of technology advances in return access technology, extends similar advantages as the HRC Mx-DMA into the SOHO and consumer traffic environment. A new improved architecture is based on a physical layer that has been prototyped and risk-mitigated in the Mx-SAT ARTES Programme.

  • Fuel cells for extra large telecommunication satellite

    The demand for high capacity satellites (broadcasting MSS, broadband) calls for higher capacity spacecraft. This translates into more power demanding payloads, with total DC power anticipated to exceed 30 kW during the coming decade. Regenerative fuel cell systems (RFCS) have been identified several years ago as a possible alternative to rechargeable batteries as a secondary source of power.

  • Modular handsets and satellite communications

    Following industry interest in modular cellular handsets, a small activity looked into the feasibility to develop a small satcom module which you instert into your modular handset. A number of possible services were also investigated, such as LTE-M eMBMS broadcast services straight from satellite to the handset, or personal distress beacon as a module integrated in the handset.


    The innovative filter technology developed in this program is ground breaking as it in demonstrate an elegant and simple way of implementing lossy filter topology. The SAW correction element method has not been applied earlier, and the resulting solution is patent pending. Through this program, Kongsberg Space Electronics has demonstrated critical technology and design solutions to improve performance and considerably reduce the size of filters at S-band.

  • LEO Data Relay Modem

    The On-board Signal Processing platform serves as a common core for a product family and is built around a highly integrated commercial SRAM-based FPGA. Each product within the family is customized by the development of mission- or market-specific signal processing firmware and RF front-ends. A primary application market is an advanced wideband modem within a communication terminal on-board a LEO satellite capable of inter-satellite data-link.

  • Calvera

    The project brings new features on the MDM6100 Broadcast Satellite Modem, on the MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway and on the USS0202 Universal Redundancy Switch as part of Newtec continuous effort for state of the art products for the Broadcast market. It results in improved bandwidth efficiency, better management and IP network and redundancy support.

  • Critical Technologies for Q-Band EPCs

    Next generation telecommunication satellites will be required to utilize Q-/V-band. Q-band TWTs are under development, but critical technology for Q-Band EPCs are not available yet to cover the related TWT voltage levels. In this activity technologies needed for Q-band EPCs were developed and demonstrated via samples and a high voltage module breadboard.

  • State influences on commercial satellite communications market

    This study aims at better understanding and assessing the influence of States on the Satcom market. The final objective is to provide the European Space Agency (ESA) and its member States with possible options to improve the efficiency of the European public policy in this domain and help organize a better environment for the Satcom activity both in industrial and economical terms.

  • FLARe

    ComDev Europe (ta Honeywell) have signed up to develop an AIS system to allow the payload’s firmware to be remotely updated. This approach is to be take an existing payload design and re- design/develop the required functions.

  • Artes Megaconstellations

    Within the ARTES Megaconstellations project, RUAG Space developed and improved processes for the efficient manufacturing of high-volume projects.

  • FlexPreDem

    Demonstrates the benefits and address the challenges of the combination of Beam Hopping and Precoding techniques over broadband High Throughput Satellite systems.

  • Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the ARTES programme

    Study to estimate the socio-economic impacts of ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme in the period 2001-2012. The study follows a mixed-methods approach, which combines qualitative and quantitative techniques to assess various routes to impact and also to arrive at a final estimate of overall economic impact. The study shows that ARTES has enabled major game-changing industrial developments in the past decade and that the economic impact attributable to ARTES is on the order of €19 billion, realised over the past decade. This represents a return of investment of 11 to 1.

  • MCTR

    The work performed in the frame of this activity covers the development and de-risking of technology to be used for Release Actuators.

  • P-DPS

    The P-DPS is part of Airbus All-electric propulsion system for telecommunication satellites for Electric Orbit Raising (EOR). The EOR satellite design uses the benefit of replacing chemical propulsion reservoir with lower size gas reservoir. The deployable system uses the robotic arm to position the propulsion vector in the optimum position and adjust to CoG movement in station.

  • Nano

    This study assessed the feasibility of using nano-satellites for commercial telecommunications services. Nano-satellites have the inherent benefits that they are small, lightweight, and relatively low cost when compared to larger more traditional systems, due to the use of a standard form factor and COTS technology. The largest commercial application for space operations is in telecommunications; therefore it is only natural for research and interest to grow in using CubeSats for telecommunications.

  • Non-Metallic

    The development of non-metallic propellant tanks, for gas and liquid media, reduces the costs and lead times related to manufacturing and delivery for all satellite configurations using metallic lined units. By using composite-polymer combinations, low pressure liquid tanks and high pressure gas tanks can be produced in a fraction of the current time and supplied from an open supply environment.

  • AluLiner

    Development of a type 3 COPV for Xe storage using an innovative cold forming process to produce liners without girth welds on the cylindrical section.


    As space exploration becomes more common, the rise of objects in Earth’s orbit will lead to a significant increase in close conjunctions. Therefore, there is a need for a new tool to help Space Operators in predicting potential dangerous close encounters.

  • Dual Polarisation High Power L-Band Feed Chain

    RUAG Space L-band antenna array elements have been a successful product the last ~15 years. Recently we have noticed that the power requirements on the L-band feed chain will be more stringent in the near future. It is mandatory to secure our role as a supplier in the future and therefore we need to continue the development of our antenna element.


    The techno-economic evaluation of advanced techniques in design and manufacturing of RF hardware by using the potential of additive layer manufacturing for mass and lead time saving under consideration of RF performance. The conventional design and performance as a baseline for innovative (e.g. elliptical waveguide channels) and cost saving (monolithic approach saves assembly costs) RF products.

  • Artes 5.1 C-Band Doherty

    The objective of this activity was to design, manufacture and test an EM of a space-borne high efficiency power flexible (both dynamic and static) HPA stage in C-band. A Doherty arrangement was determined to be the most suitable architecture. Under CW operation a PAE improvement of 15% was achieved at 6dB OBO over a Class AB amplifier.

  • Low Cost Precision Manufacturing RF Passive Hardware

    In this activity a novel high precision end-to-end manufacturing technique has been developed based on additive manufacturing techniques that allow precision mandrels to be produced and dissolved within a few hours. Targeted are RF passive hardware such as waveguide routing, feed components, Ka-band filters and diplexer which are needed in high volumes and Q / V / W-band passive components which require precision manufacturing.

  • 30GHz Dielectric Channel Filter

    30GHz Dielectric Channel Filter with small mass and footprint were developed and tested. This was performed by the correlation of full wave simulation to the test data from suitable designed hardware. A 10 pole filter with coaxial interface was developed and a 3-channel multiplexer was developed.The test campaign for both units was successfully completed.

  • Broadband and Compact Ku-Band Global Horns

    A new antenna line has been developed, which will offer a good trade-off between mass and operating bandwidth. To achieve this goal, the most appropriated technology has been identified, using an antenna concept based on spline profile horns, which are light, easy to manufacture, presenting also good broadband performance.


    For the ICEYE precursor mission, FOTEC is developing an electric propulsion system. It is based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. A cluster of seven identical IFM nano thruster modules is manufactured - each capable of delivering up to 300 µN thrust. This redundant design ensures high reliability and versatility of the propulsion system.

  • SSPA with European GaN Devices

    L-band and Ku-band HPA modules using GaN Technology from UMS (GH50 and GH25) and novel thermal management solutions have been developed. With a CW signal, at hot temperature (85°C) and in the useful frequency bandwidth of [1,518 – 1,559 GHz], the L-band HPA module delivers an output power of 48W with an associated PAE of 60%. With a CW signal, at hot temperature (85°C) and in the useful frequency bandwidth of [11,5 – 12,5 GHz], the Ku-band HPA module delivers an output power of 48W with an associated PAE of 25%.

  • Hybrid Sensor Bus

  • All-IP Broadcast Satellite Networks Technologies and Demonstration

    The arrival of new Ka band satellite services comes with dramatic reduction in bandwidth cost, multi-spotbeam capabilities and dynamic signal strength allocation, increased transport capacity and improved interactive possibilities. Ka band services enable an IP based paradigm for delivery and consumption of content, allowing for a more personalised, on-demand driven user experience. This project will give the answer to the question how to deliver these new Ka band IP based content services to end users, taking into account the context of terrestrial network developments. Since Ka band services will become part of the IP world of service delivery, integration with next Generation Networks (like IMS) is essential in facilitating the uptake of these services.

  • GNSS in LEOP

    The objective of the study has been is to evaluate the expected performances of on-board GNSS receivers in GTO and HEO trajectories. These types of orbits/trajectories will be encountered during orbit raising of future all-EP telecommunication satellites. The trajectories, often optimized for minimum flight time, present specific challenges to the use of on-board GNSS. These include a large variation in visibility patterns and RF power levels, a high dynamic range of GNSS signals and varying spacecraft attitude resulting in masking effects affecting antenna gain.

  • SatcomWeather 2

    The goal of the project is to generate additional inputs for optimization of assets in satellite communication based on available recorded signal quality data from VSAT networks. This business intelligence data is used for daily work in payload operations as well as for optimizing the business case by leveraging cost reduction opportunities in orbit and on ground.

  • MTSH


    Carrier aggregation is an integral part of current terrestrial networks. Its ability to enhance the peak data rate, for efficiently utilizing the limited spectrum resources and satisfying the demand for data-hungry applications, has drawn a significant attention. Given the benefits of carrier aggregation in the terrestrial wireless environment, this project investigates adopting this concept in the satellite domain.

  • DeCSA-M

    MicroSat compatible deployable reflector antenna for high data-throughput applications.

  • Investigation into the advantages of Maximum Power Point Tracking for GEO Telecommunications Satellites

    This project has studied the possibility of improvement of the classical regulated bus by considering the use of a classical regulated topology whose voltage is regulated to maximum power point of the solar array. The project has consisted of two phases: the first one considered whether the basic idea improves the classical regulated bus by using ad hoc developed models; the second one, after positive conclusions of the first, tested the actual behaviour of a low power mock-up of the proposed idea.

  • Screw-less Joining and Flange-less Telecommunication Hardware

    Future satellite payloads are expected to become more complex, hosting large amounts of equipment and associated R.F. waveguide harnesses. To reduce overall complexity, mass, volume and Assembly Integration Test (AIT) time, non-conventional manufacturing and joining technologies are necessary. Following a review of potential technologies, this project is focusing on developing lightweight R.F. demonstrators employing adhesives and laser welding.

  • Antenna system for multiple overlapped beams generated by a single aperture

    The objective of this activity is to study, design and optimise potentially suitable antenna architectural concepts for Ka-band systems that are able to provide single aperture multi-beam capability from geostationary orbit.

  • Satcom 100 kW

    Space industry is based increasingly on full electric propulsion systems, and there is a European need to anticipate future missions. 2018 full electric propulsion Telecom satellites have a relatively low thrust and need several months (6 to 9) to rise from GTO to GEO, which is their main drawback. To reduce this delay between launch and commercial exploitation, and to offer to customers a more powerful payload, a power increase, in this study 100kW, is necessary.

  • EdgeSAT

    EdgeSAT explores the applicability and implementation of edge networking concepts in satellite networks in order to identify and characterise the resulting opportunities for Satellite Network and Service providers as well as Satellite terminal manufacturers. As part of this mission, it specifies and validates a SatCom enabled edge node.

  • Optical Technologies for Ultra-fast Signal Processing on Silicon Platforms (OTUS)

    The main objective of the project was to develop and demonstrate fast and high-throughput (Tb/s) optical switching technology that could be applied for optical packet routing in a burst-switched processor in a telecommunication satellite.

  • High Temperature Electronics and EPC for GaN SSPA Application

    The aim of this project is to investigate SSPA/EPC architectures, the EPC components, technologies and processes limiting the operation at high baseplate temperatures (90ºC - 100ºC and above) for Solid State Power Amplifier equipment and ultimately design, build, manufacture and test an EPC hardware model.

  • Generic Telco P/L EGSE

    TThe Generic Telco P/L EGSE is a high-performance multi-threaded client-server test-platform and environment to quickly customize or create measurements according to new requirements. Its pre-defined building blocks for measurements, telemetry packets, device drivers and PUS and EDEN interface support further rapid integration. It provides a set of ready products like reporting, configuration editing, synoptic and graphical user interface all accessible from remote.

  • TAG

    Study defining a concept of use of Thermo-Acoustic Electric Generation for communication satellites, assessing suitable TAG systems, the benefits and constraints of introducing this type of engine into Satcom Satellites, and defining a roadmap for the introduction to market of these engines with the aim of supporting ARTES.


    OSMOSIS has implemented a reference end to end satellite network which will serve as a test bed for prototyping product offerings in the areas of LTE Multimedia Broadcast (eMBMS), CDN, Adaptive Bitrate Streaming and End-to-end QoS Management.


    An EQM-Level Optical passenger payload in-orbit demonstrator of Photonic Technology for On-board Reference and LO distribution by optical links has been designed and manufactured. Two optical links operating at 10 MHz and 10 GHz, including 10 meters fibre and a power splitter, have been integrated in the HISPASAT Amazonas 5 satellite, successfully launched and tested in orbit in 2018.

  • IFM Nano

    For the IFM Nano Thruster Module, FOTEC uses an electric propulsion system based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. The thruster uses Indium as the propellant, which is ionized through a strong electric field. Lifetime testing has exceeded 18,000 hours and the thrust level is controllable from 10μN-1mN with a specific impulse ranging from 2,000-5,000 seconds.

  • RUNE

    Ultra-low-shock reusable non-explosive hold-down and release mechanism for preload up to 10kN, with SMA initiator that provides repeatable, reliable release.

  • Techno-Economic Impact on 5G Standards on European-Canadian Satellite Industry Ecosystem

    The project examines the impacts and opportunities of 5G for the satellite industry, as a technology building block to be integrated within 5G that can complement terrestrial technologies, as an enabler for innovative satellite-based solutions and as a lever to capture new markets.

  • NavSW4NewSpace

    Software for a COTS-based GNSS receiver

  • XST Development & Qualification

    The scope of this project is the development of a low-cost Xenon Storage Tank for the electric propulsion system that equips the platform of a LEO mega-constellation.


    Transparent optical modulation schemes and RF-optical modulation -demodulation technologies for Tbit/s feeder links are investigated, including a simulation tool and a lab demonstrator for transmission through the atmospheric channel.

  • AlN:

    AlN is an interesting new material for TWTs. Nevertheless, the requirements for space, like long-term stability and reliability are stringent for the AlN and need to be secured. This requires a good understanding of the material and the knowledge of the complete processing, including the material source. Long-term reliability had been fostered by a common approach – together with the supplier.

  • Metal Hydride and Heat Storage System Study

    The developed product is a Technology Demonstrator of the Metal Hydride (MH) Hydrogen and Heat Storage System for use in future telecom satellites as part of a Regenerative Fuel Cell System. Thermal management is one of the key challenges with the RFCS, due to the significant amount of fuel cell waste heat that must be dissipated, which has a big impact on the total system mass and volume. By using a metal hydride system for hydrogen storage, waste heat from the fuel cell can be stored in the metal hydride material, and later rejected with a lower heat flux, over a longer time span.

  • VEGA

    VEGA will introduce DVB-S2X capabilities into the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform as well as developed the high performant MDM5000 modem as addition to the Newtec modem portfolio.

  • Megaconstellation SCS – Multisatellite Support – Phase 1

    The project covers extensions to the CCS5/SCS5 product to allow control of satellites deployed in mega-constellations. In order to support the smaller satellite architectures normally found in such constellations, adaptions enable right-sizing of both the computing resources and pricing. It also adds new features for easing monitoring and control of such a large number of satellites.

  • Future Mobile Interactive Networks (FuMIN)

    This project aims for an advanced air interface demonstrator able to support the development of future broadband mobile interactive services for land-mobile, maritime and aeronautical applications.


    5G METEORS implements and operates a framework supporting dynamic prototyping in the field of 5G and satellite communications using 3GPP NR (New Radio) waveforms for direct access, as well as for backhauling. Its main objective is to support the integration of satellites in 5G by responding in an agile manner to technology developments driven by the market and the standardization work in 3GPP. Individual activities are to be selected and executed through competitive open calls.

  • SDR App Store

  • Unicorn 2

    Designing, building and testing the most advanced and first commercially-viable picosatellite in conjunction with a PocketQube Orbital Deployer - the means with which to launch a large number of PocketQubes profitably.


    A radically new type of OSR, consisting of a CERMET-based thin film coating deposited on the first surface of a flexible foil, featuring low solar absorbance, high thermal emissivity, and extreme durability to the space environment. The foil can be very thin, and made of any of a wide range of space compliant materials, from metals, to polymers and composites.


    Objective of the contract is to industrialize the production and testing of more than 900 PG thermal straps (Flexlinks), using Airbus DS NL’s patented High Performance Radiator (HiPeR) technology.

  • Compact Lens

    In this project, we investigate lens antennas as a cost-effective solution for the ground terminal in on-the-move satellite communications. The main design goals are: high directivity, electrical or hybrid mechanical and electrical steerable radiation, low cost, and compact size.

  • ABBM

    The ABBM provides a flexible platform for use in operational ground stations. The highly modular architecture allows the system to be rapidly scaled to support complex spacecraft with multi-carrier downlinks, uplinks, radiometric and baseband processing or lightweight systems for smaller missions. The platform architecture allows the system to support legacy, current and future modulation and coding requirements.

  • ViaLite Air

    This project covers development of novel fibre optic links to carry high frequency native RF signals over fibre in satellite ground segment installations. Products for these operating environments are covered by tasks in this project. The key driver of project activities is the shift occurring in the satellite industry as it moves towards High Throughput Satellites (HTS).

  • RazorLink® Smart Networking

    RazorLink® Smart Networking is an SD-WAN solution that offers a seamless, carrier agnostic transition between terrestrial and satellite communications - a headline objective for 5G services.

  • T3 Star Tracker

    T3: A compact star tracker for small satellites with moderate requirements for attitude determination accuracy.


    Development and qualification of a lightweight, low-cost reflector for C, X, Ku and Ka-band applications

  • 3-axis Ka-Band Tracking Antenna

    In this project a 3-axis mechanically tracking antenna has been developed by SpaceCom A/S. Main design goals are: State-of-the-art performance when exposed to tough vibration/shock specifications and high tracking accuracy (<0.2°) in rough seas, at a competitive price.

  • DVB-RCS2 Support in SatLink System

    This project incorporates the implementation of DVB-RCS2 in the SatLink system, in embedded SW and FW for the hardware units developed in another ARTES3-4 project, and as SW on SatLink NMS and NCC.

  • 1/4" Normally Closed SMAV Single Use Valve

    Extended lifetime normally-closed high pressure valve for orbital propulsion systems

  • Antenna Radome for SATCOM User Mobile Terminals

    The objective of this activity is to survey existing radome designs and identify relevant performance characteristics applicable to radomes used by mobile satellite ground user terminal antennas operating in Ku-band and Ka-band in different mobile environments.

  • MIGNON- MIcro-achined Filters in Multi-layer TechnoloGy for Satellite ON-board CommunicatiON Systems

    The objective of the MIGNON project is to develop and evaluate Ka-band surface mountable miniaturized cavity filters realized in multilayer micro-machined technolog

  • OBSP

    The On-board Signal Processing platform serves as a common core for a product family and is built around a highly integrated commercial SRAM-based FPGA. Each product within the family is customized by the development of mission- or market-specific signal processing firmware and RF front-ends.

  • T6 HPEPS

    T6 High Power Electric Propulsion System (HPEPS) is a flexible and modular 5kW-class EP system to provide for geostationary communication satellites (GEO comsats) high Specific Impulse electric propulsion for orbit raising; station keeping, comsat GEO repositioning (as required) and satellite disposal to graveyard orbit at end of mission.

  • Damped Ultra-light Deployment Mechanism (DUDM)

    The Damped Ultra-light Deployment Mechanism - a hinge consisting out of elastic collapsible CFRP blades and a damping device- is developed to deploy a wide range of structures, smoothly with a minimal end shock based on a Shape Memory Alloy spring. The ultra-lightweight design combined with high stiffness, thermal stability and low power consumption is the key in this product.

  • XBDL

    ComDev Europe (traded as Honeywell) are seeking to take advantage of the configurability and weight saving of software defined radio in a new high speed X-band downlink capability. Balancing spectrum, ground station availability and the high-speed modulation currently available, we are developing a low mass, power and volume system with reduced complexity in a dependable product, targeting the ever-growing data requirements of future missions.

  • eScan

    This project aims to develop an electronic scanning multibeam antenna ground station combining gateway and TT&C services in Ka band for LEO and MEO satellite megaconstellations.


    Based on HPS/INVENT CFRP technologies a 2.4 m Q/V band reflector with highest accuracy was designed, manufactured and tested. The design concept proved to be applicable for multi-beam telecom application. With a frequency band of 37.5 GHz to 51.4 GHz this is the next step for a Terabit satellite to provide high-speed internet.

  • Multi-beam Antenna Feed Networks for application from L to C band

    This study examines various technical solutions and associated technologies for design compact feed network from L-band to C-band and validates the most promising by manufacturing and testing a representative EM of critical parts of the network. Activities were focused on the feed network to have a significant number of beams while maintaining acceptable mass and dimensions of the feed network.

  • Delta Development and qualification of PCU-EU

    Delta Development and qualification of PCU derived from latest PCU generation to address Chinese market demand

  • SatNetCode

    SatNetCode empowers robust and powerful end-to-end networking over multi-hop integrated satellite networks in potentially difficult mobile scenarios where packet loss and interruptions may occur. By applying adaptive Network Coding – with re-encoding option per network – significant improvements can be obtained over traditional approaches. Application areas include aerial, vehicular and maritime users with sources like video and other critical data. The focus is specifically on video over multiple hops.

  • Optical Data Link between ARTEMIS and the OGS on Tenerife

    Experiments of optical multi aperture up-links between OGS and ARTEMIS satellite executed in the past did not show the expected effects due to TX diversity.

  • High temperature High Voltage Potting Adhesive

    The application of high temperature adhesives and potting materials becomes more challenging when not only a very good thermal endurance is required, but also where the application is in high voltage ranges. For Telecom missions, this applies especially for travelling wave tubes, power transfer applications e.g slip rings, electrical propulsion power supplies and power connectors and lines. In this activity, adhesives with enhanced thermal stability and insulation properties for high voltage applications have been selected and validated.


    The aim of the project is to develop a new generation of Command Receiver to offer improved performances and flexibility to operators and prime contractors. This new product implements a CDMA demodulation mode increasing significantly the immunity against interferers.


    CESI project was aimed at developing of high efficiency large area solar cells from 6” Ge wafers. Large area devices lead to a significant benefit at space power generators level, as they reduce, for a given power, the panel complexity saving space and weight. CTJ30-CLASS is the building-block for the future generations of PVAs, especially for high power demanding missions.


    The RAD-EDFA-HP programme covers the development of high power optical fibre amplifiers (OFAs) for space laser communication. Amplifiers are developed for C-band operation with 30dBm and 35dBm output power to cover the applications of LEO to ground, intra and inter satellite links (LEO to GEO and GEO to GEO).

  • Design & Build Ka Band Transceiver Chipset

    Arralis have delivered a Ka Band Transceiver Chipset to the European Space Agency for space communications applications.

  • SAAF

    The activities under the SAAF project address the ancillary functionalities and auto-test capabilities that coupled with a power producing Solar Array Simulator (SAS) would provide the full simulation and verification capability of the power and dynamic aspects of a spacecraft Solar Array.

  • Low rate VSAT SCADA Network, CCN-1 integrated terminal

    The Low Rate VSAT SCADA Network development has resulted in a unique low-data rate all-in-one DVB-S2/RCS integrated terminal optimized for Industrial IoT applications.

  • UHF/VHF Antenna Development

    Development of the next generation UHF/VHF Antenna Systems

  • RF MEMS based Ka Band Phased Array Antenna Prototype

    Low power, low weight electronically steerable Ka band antenna arrays for fixed and mobile satellite terminals using RF MEMS phase shifters. Typical applications are Maritime, trains, UAV’s, mobile, Satellite backhaul.


    The SKATE project is focused on the development and test of a proof-of-concept of a highly integrated Ka-band low cost BFN/RF front-end using SiGe MMIC with a high number of control nodes on chip for user mobile terminal using. The final aim is to achieve a very significant cost reduction of the array and hence the user terminal recurrent cost.

  • AR4Telecom

    AR4Telecom main goal was the development and testing of SW/HW tools which could bring the benefits of Augmented Reality tech into the realm of AIT/V work-related processes, focusing on the increasing of productivity while reducing human related error instances. LusoSpace (PT) and ENEA (RO) joined forces to build this solution.

  • SATis5

    SATis5 aims to build a large-scale real-time live end-to-end 5G integrated satellite terrestrial network proof-of-concept testbed. The demonstrator testbed implements, deploys and evaluates an integrated satellite-terrestrial 5G network, showcasing the benefits of the satellite integration with the terrestrial infrastructures as part of a comprehensive communication system. Relevant satellite use cases for 5G to be demonstrated in SATis5 include enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and massive machine type communications (mMTC). The SATis5 demonstrator covers live, over-the-air GEO and MEO satellite field demonstrations in addition to laboratory emulations and simulations in a federation of testbeds. The demonstrator is an open federation of resources that can integrate or incorporate additional resources and testbeds in the future providing a more diverse set of experiments and demonstrations.

  • DASS

    Design and development of a high gain deployable antenna dedicated to small satellites (3 to 28 kg range). The overall architecture is simplified as much as possible to reduce any possible source of defective actuation/deployment.


    Ferrite Phase shifter driver unit for Flexible antenna applications.

  • Capacity Enhancement and Interference Management for Interactive Satellite Networks

    Tight frequency reuse, e.g., beyond a 4-color scheme to increase a multi-beam satellite system’s capacity could make signal detection ‘interference-limited’, where conventional interference suppressing techniques would be ineffective, requiring rather some sophisticated/novel techniques, e.g., those exploiting interfering signals, to revive the overly degraded desired signals. The effectiveness of two such techniques was investigated and the results reported in this project.


    This development intends to provide a cost efficient solution for applications involving on-board Processing of RF signals or Data Collection, for low bandwidth missions, targeting in particuliar Internet-of-Things (IoT) / low data rate Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communications, but also spectrum survey, geo-location, data collection in general.

  • VDE-SAT Downlink Verification

    In this project, the Space Norway led consortium with Kongsberg Seatex and FFI have measured the actual downlink performance of the world´s first VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload in space under realistic conditions in the Arctic and at other locations. At the time of contract award, in 2015, the downlink waveforms were not specified and no satellite capacity was available.

  • Antennas for large volume production

    ESA ARTES C&G program supports MDA in the development and qualification of new antenna design in a context of a megaconstellation. Manufacturing, assembly and testing methods suitable for larger volume production of spacecraft antenna will be demonstrated in order to meet the demand of current and future satellite constellations.

  • Ka-Band full TC OMUX

    THALES ALENIA SPACE IN FRANCE is looking for solutions to improve its competitiveness in terms of Ka-band equipments, payloads and satellites. As far as Ka-band output filtering is concerned, use of Temperature Compensated OMUX is foreseen. This technology leads to an improvement of the input power limitation, footprint, useful bandwidth and electrical in band performances The five channels high power Ka band full TC OMUX qualification allows to increase the competitiveness of THALES ALENIA SPACE IN FRANCE products by fulfilling identified customer requirements as Military, DTH analogic, HTS and VHTS satellite applications.


    The project’s outcomes deal with the design, implementation, test and demonstration of a prototype backhauling solution (satellite terminal, satellite gateway and NB-IoT network functions) which is capable of providing NB-IoT backhauling services. The purposes of this activity is using the latest satellite backhauling technologies and standards in order to provide a more efficient backhauling of NB-IoT cells over satellite. The prototype is embedded in a testbed which represents a realistic environment with regard to a future deployment.

  • SCNE

    The SCNE enables to study and assess protocol performances of new LEO constellations, ranging from low speed data collection and mobile communications, to broadband and broadcast services. The co-simulation approach, which couples orbital and network simulation, facilitates the correlation between network and orbital events and enables to analyze long simulation periods in a short time frame.

  • Agile Command Receiver

    The Rx2 unit is the second-generation command receiver designed and manufactured at Kongsberg Norspace. The command receiver is to be used for spacecraft telemetry, tracking and commands (TT&C). The Unit design is in-orbit programmable up to 750MHz bandwidth, and prepared for receiving commands and ranging signals at C-band, Ku-band or Ka-band.

  • NEA

    RUAG Space AB have developed and qualified horn assemblies for global Ku-Band coverage TTC, Ka-Band IOT payload Rx/Tx and Beacon. The RUAG GNSS antenna design has within the scope of work evolved to withstand harsher random environment. All antennas are well adapted for new platforms such as NEOSAT.


    This project represents the basis for enabling satellite systems using beam hopping capabilities. Beam hopping, based on the DVB-S2X transmission standard, enables time sharing of satellite capacity among different beams, making satellite systems more flexible and efficient. The satellite performs demultiplexing of the uplink signal and distribution via periodic switching of the satellite beam to different coverage areas. The switching time plan as well as the addressed coverage areas and coverage shapes can be reconfigured according to actual needs. In the context of such activity, a modulator, two terminals, as well as a beam-switching payload emulator are developed using the DVB-S2X Super-Framing Format 4 waveform.

  • NELS

    Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (ADSN) has developed, and continuously updated over the past two decades, a non-explosive low shock Hold Down and Release System for its Advanced Rigid Array and Flatpack Solar Array families. Many hundreds of these systems have released a variety of solar arrays and other deployable systems with 100% success. The NELS program objective is to develop a substitute for the existing Hold Down and Release System, which is more robust and has an extended preload capacity.


    LOCOMO project is envisaged to design and develop a low cost and compact Ka-band mobile satcom terminal, which provides broadband on-the-move communications to emergency, governmental and security networks.

  • SpaceOps

    The objective of this proposal was to design and develop the next generation of Mission Control Centre (MCC NG), to propose a complete and optimised solution to operate simply and maximize the capacity of future flexible payloads.


    The aim of the study is to design, manufacture and test an EBB (Elegant BreadBoard) of an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE) for future broadband telecom payloads.

  • EPFC

    This project investigates the possibility of providing an optical frequency converter based in integrated photonic circuit (PIC). In this project two main photonics platforms are investigated; Silicon photonics and Heterogeneous integration of InP-on-Silicon photonics. It comes in contrast that indeed integrated circuit provides more compact, energy deficient and low mass solution for the optical microwave applications.


    Pilot Photonics has developed the world’s smallest and most versatile optical comb source based on photonic integration. Through PICSAL, its broad applicability to space applications including inter-satellite communication, fiber optic sensing, frequency generation, and frequency metrology is explored.

  • PreDem

    The challenge is that increasing throughput simply by increasing frequency reuse results in significant intra-system interference for co-channel beams in multi-beam satellite systems. The solution is to apply joint processing of the signals intended to the different beams at the gateway for interference management. This processing, precoding, ‘reverts’ the impact of the satellite RF channel and interferences.

  • KaMobile

    This study analyses the requirements, constraints and trade-offs for a SatCom system for receiving multimedia services in a mobile, on-the-go (e.g. automotive) setting using Ka-band frequencies. The analysis targets both technical as well as business oriented points of views and uses a software-based physical layer simulation to verify the feasibility of the identified approach. Results reach from technical answers like waveform design and end-to-end performance, over the quality of the experience for the user up to economic considerations like total cost of ownership and business cases.


    The JAMES CCN3 project goal is the development of a RF test set-up using optical fibres as links between RF test bench and telecommunication payloads in AIT. The first phase was dedicated to design the test set-up allowing gain stability improvement, to realize a representative breadboard and test it over temperature. The second phase focused on the study and bread-boarding of a representative use case, featuring hundreds of accesses, with a solution involving optical wavelength multiplexing. It resulted in the validation of an end-to-end set-up, including elaboration of a TVAC compatible RF power probe. The solution proved particularly suited to uplinks, while more work is required to operate in downlink, specifically due to sensitive components bias.


    The SITKA project covers the development of a highly integrated, low power, low cost, RF transceiver ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) targeted at VSAT satellite system ground terminals. The ASIC is a critical component for two way communications equipment which supports DTH (direct to home) interactive services, broadband connectivity and enterprise services in Ka frequency band.

  • ESA MC 8585

    This activity is aimed at identifying and analysing services and applications for which the deployment of satcom mega-constellations could bring remarkable changes. After the identification and assessment of six promising areas of interest, a business case and gap analysis particularly highlighted three most promising areas in which potential applications and services could be developed: •Weather monitoring and forecasting; •Government and administration services; •Artic transport.

  • Ka-band radio characterisation for SatCom services in arctic and high latitude regions

    Satellite services in the High North are utilised extensively for both communication purposes and for earth and climate observations. The project results are based on up to three year measurements at 20 GHz with co-sited meteorological data. They suggest that services can be provided with 99 % availability for systems with elevation angles as low as 3.2.


    The project’s first objective was the development of a Data Collection Platform Transmitter for METEOSAT HRDCP as well as for SRDCP and GOES. The transmitter is an essential component within autonomous DCPs working in environments with little or even no infrastructure for communication and electrical power supply. The second objective was the definition and prototype implementation of a New Air DCP radio interface, the Enhanced DCP (EDCP) providing a service to a wider range of applications.

  • Definition of Propagation Elements for System Design of Broadband Satellite Systems in Ka and Q/V Band

    This projects aims to review and develop channel models, data and tools tailored for the design of High-Capacity Flexible Broadband Satellite Systems operating (Q/V and Ka Band) with a major focus on future system at Q/V Band.

  • L-Band SSPA

    A high efficiency GaN based SSPA for avionics SATCOM applications has been developed. High efficiency with large HPA output back-off brought in by the Doherty architecture and digital pre-distortion linearisation provides passive cooling, flexibility of installation and size and cost savings.

  • High Power Q Band Isolator

    The project was to design, manufacture and test a Q-Band 100 Watt class isolator EM capable to operate in full reverse power.

  • Design Tool for High Performance Antenna Systems with Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Surfaces

    The objective of the activity is to develop a design tool for RF analysis and optimisation of advanced reflector antenna systems that consist/involve periodic or quasi-periodic surfaces that can either reflect or transmit electromagnetic fields to fulfil certain radiation characteristics when illuminated by an external source.

  • KaUF

    A Ka band feed chain, especially designed for user applications is developed. Dimensions and mass shall be minimised to enable an increased number of feed chains per satellite in order to realise higher data rates.


    The ASCENT project studies spectrum sharing between satellite and terrestrial networks, focusing especially on 5G pioneer bands from 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz and from 24.25 GHz to 27.5 GHz. Licensed shared access (LSA) is considered the most promising approach to implement sharing in pioneer bands. The ASCENT project develops an LSA testbed for these bands, proposing also cost efficient spectrum sharing between 5G satellite and terrestrial networks for different verticals.


    Mega-constellations are large networks of low-cost satellites, operating in Low Earth Orbit, providing low latency communication, worldwide coverage and low-cost broadband capacity. This study identifies promising services/applications based on mega-constellations, starting from user requirements, deriving the system architecture, assessing the business opportunity and identifying the required actions for the services/application implementation and commercial roll-out.

  • Sat4Train

    Sat4Train provides multi-bearers train-to-ground communication integrated with Satcom for railway applications, including train control systems. It is based on bearer-independency and separation of the application layer from the radio access technologies. It allows the use of any available terrestrial and satellite public communication service. Quality of service is guaranteed by cognitive algorithms, supporting the bearers selection on a predictive-model basis.

  • SCAT

    The SCAT project objective is to design, develop and prototype a miniaturized C-Band Transceiver for the management of remote controls and telemetry on Small Satellites, with the additional capability to be used as medium rate feeder link, up to 40 Mbit/s. Moreover, SCAT project is aimed at lowering radio regulatory hurdles for small satellite missions.

  • esaCross

    Critical public infrastructure is migrating to IP which makes optimization of hybrid networks essential to provide the performance needed. The overall objective of the project is to develop a testbed to study QoS based routing in integrated satellite-terrestrial networks. Such networks provide multiple parallel or serial paths between the communication end points.

  • W-Cube

    The activity includes the design and development of the W-band beacon together with the propagation receivers and the manufacturing of the Cubesat platform that will host the beacon. The objectives are the undertaking of atmospheric channel propagation measurements of the signal from this beacon and the analysis and delivery the processed propagation data at W-band. This work will help prepare for future High-Through-Put satellite communication systems.

  • Triple Band Feed Horn

    The triple band feed horn is addressing the increasing use of Ka-band payloads for broadband applications on satellite orbital slots that also provide TV services in Ku-band. This means that space assets at the same orbital slot can be used to deliver these services to end-user households via a single antenna.


    Through the Artes C&G R&D project “MOB PPP” (Pre & Post Processors for L-band and S-band Digital Beam Forming GEO Mobiles) with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has designed, developed and successfully qualified an EQM suitable for pre & post processing of digital beam forming L- & S- band mobile services satellites

  • EPC HT

    The objective was to design, manufacture and test a high voltage power module breadboard within electronic power conditioners to enable operations at higher temperatures. An evaluation was performed on critical identified components specifically on Silicon Carbide High Voltage Diodes and High Voltage Capacitors. In the frame of this project, TAS-B has also evaluated a new technology item in order to sustain high temperature environment in potted HV Module.

  • Sat>IP WiFi Hotspot

    The Sat>IP WiFi Hotspot idea is a device that closely integrates a traditional SAT>IP server and standard WiFi router into a single system. Primarily the device will be used in public spaces to convert broadcast linear TV into IP and multicast it over a network to a potentially large number of mobile (wirelessly connected) client devices.

  • 30 GHz Dielectric Resonator MUX/DEMUX

    Development and Qualification of a 30 GHz Dielectric Resonator Combining Multiplexer and Demultiplexer

  • Software Tool for Combined Optimization of Reflector and Feed Systems

    The product developed in this activity supplements the industry’s preferred reflector modelling tool, GRASP, by adding fast modelling of feed chains as well as optimization capabilities. The new add-on product to GRASP will offer a unique single-tool solution for an end-to-end RF design of space born reflector antennas and reflector-based user terminals.

  • VDE-SAT Validation Platform

    The VDES uplink testbed consists of a fast software based global system simulator, a hardware rack for ship transmitter or a satellite receiver testing, a software PL modulator/demodulator and a low power test transmitter. The system is used to test VDES compatibility and system performance over a wide range of conditions.

  • Taosatt

    The project entailed the development of an “Always Online” single enclosure, outdoor grade, data router capable of connecting local users and systems over wired and wireless Ethernet to remote sites vial cellular and satellite communications networks.


    High performance, narrow-band, miniaturized filters for satellite communications in L and S band based on dielectric loaded cavities.

  • Half-Height Antenna System

    Providing a lower-profile antenna for Satellite communications unlocks larger markets as long as the price does not rise disproportionately. Our design offers on the relatively low profile achievable with the lens concept with uncompromised RF performance and at a cost comparable to that of a reflector based system.

  • D2RF

    The output of the current generation of digital processors, used on commercial satellite missions, is either at baseband, or a low IF. This signal must then be up-converted to the operating frequency of the spacecraft, such as C, Ku or Ka-band. The need for these up-converters significantly increases the cost per output of digitally processed payloads. This study has investigated if/how conventional frequency up-converters could be replaced with an Ultra-highspeed DAC’s


    The aim of the project is to develop a Frequency Flexible Command Receiver Prototype Flight Model and to have it launched on board Eutelsat E8WB. Performance data are to be documented during unit production, Satellite IOT and after an operational period of 12 months.

  • Robotic Feed

    The Ka-band feed positioner enables cross polarisation to be optimised, while the terminal is transmitting. For 1.8 and larger offset Ka-band reflectors, this saves a lot of installation time, because the AzEl don’t need adjustment. Having set the AzEl for receive cross polarisation, the transmit will be a few millimetres away, and this can be achieved in a few seconds by moving the feed. For inclined tracking, the motorised feed saves cost, freight, installation time and running costs compared to a AzEl solution. The feed can be fitted retrospectively to an existing antenna. It is positioned by connection to TLE.

  • Bundled Waveguide Harness

    Waveguide harnesses for multi-beam satellite applications are contributing a substantial portion of the overall payload mass budget. Thus, a novel bundled waveguide harness solution has been developed that provides essential advantages over state-of-the-art implementations. It does not only exhibit mass savings of more than 20%, but also improved insertion loss, compact size, facilitation of the installation and remarkable cost reductions.

  • QVTrack

    The project’s target is the optimization of the air interface for the high capacity demand in HTS as well as the design and development of a prototype receiver.


    In this activity, the consortium investigated an exhaustive and comprehensive approach towards devising and prototyping an enhanced cost-effective modem for MEO satellite broadband access. The main prototype activity considered diversity combining and seamless handover without packet loss. Additionally a scenario for coverage extension through side-lobe communication was investigated.

  • Pre-distorted C & Ku Band IMUX

    Development and qualification of pre-distorted C & Ku Band Input Multiplexers

  • E3000 Mechanical Platform – Electric Orbit Raising

    The programme comprised four work packages, the first to define a partial EOR product, the second to define a common core the MPF platform, the third was to define a number of specific tasks for the light E3000 EOR product and the forth was to define a number of specific tasks for the heavy E3000 EOR product.

  • PVA De-risking

    The objective of this project was to de-risk technologies and critical processes to be able to develop an automatic manufacturing of PhotoVoltaic Assemblies (PVA). This study was concluded with the successful manufacturing and thermal cycling of 2 PVA coupons. Additionally a co-engineering study was performed with tool suppliers, to define a preliminary technical solution for the PVA automated manufacturing line.


    Two antenna configurations have been selected as references for future development of Large Deployable Reflector Systems. One of 12 meters aperture for say L-S band and one of 5 meters aperture for say Ka band. For each Antenna, the architecture of the reflector has been identified and investigated, inclusive of accommodation on commercial spacecraft. Requirements / roadmap / cost for LDR development have been identified.

  • PhWP

    PhWP evaluates a lightweight and fully embedded alternative to common electrical temperature sensors for satellite housekeeping. OHB System AG and the subcontractors HPS Lda. and Technobis TFT review the possible usage of fiber-optical sensors embedded in aluminum and CFRP spacecraft panels.


    The activity aims to significantly reduce the cost of LTE-based interactive mobile services via the seamless and efficient integration of future interactive mobile satellite networks in the next generation 3GPP architecture, and to facilitate service creation and new business models for the satellite industry.

  • PPU Qualification

    PPU Qualification for mega-constellations, the future space standard with mass production manufacturing processes and lean costs.

  • Ku Band Generic Flexible Converter for Flexible Innovative Payloads

    Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation Ku-band payloads. One of the main axis is the introduction of flexibility within conventional payload with the qualification of Ku-band flexible frequency converters.

  • RF/IF Down-Converter & IF/RF Up-Converter for Flexible Payload


    The objective of the COMFIL project is to develop and evaluate compact concepts for C-band and Ku-band broadband bandpass filters having a very low insertion loss and wide spurious free range in the out-of-band.


    This project investigates the suitability of additive manufacturing for the fabrication of RF user terminal front-ends for communications-on-the-move applications. Three different components taken from commercial terminals are successfully implemented: a diplexer, an OMT, and an antenna array. All the components are manufactured by stereolithography of polymer materials followed by a proprietary electroless copper plating procedure developed by Swissto12.

  • Development and Qualification of high power Ka-Band 3dB Coupler, Load and Circulator

    Development and Qualification of a high power Ka-Band Coupler, a 300W Load and Waveguide Circulator and of a compact Isolator.

  • ISAA

    Among all antenna payload solutions suitable to support reconfigurable and flexible broadband satellite communication missions, DRA antenna systems represent the typical candidates to fulfill these requirements. Unfortunately, periodic DRA antenna solutions are characterized by different drawbacks, mainly related to the very large array aperture dimensions needed to obtain narrow high-gain spot beams, with as consequence very high number of active radiating elements, high system complexity, high weight, difficulties in accommodation and high manufacturing costs. Another key point for future satellite telecommunication missions is to consider antenna systems able to operate simultaneously at both receive and transmit bands using the same antenna aperture. The transmit/receive DRA antenna characterized by the same aperture for satellite applications presents many difficulties at higher frequency as the Ka Band, due to the operative frequency band considering a frequency ratio 1.5 between transmit and receive. In this respect, the selections of the adequate radiating element inter-spacing and the antenna aperture size have to consider both transmit and receive performances. A very interesting antenna solution potentially suitable to overcome all these drawbacks is represented by an Imaging antenna architecture fed by two small active phased arrays, one for TX and one for RX. Moreover, in order to minimize the number of radiating elements, satisfying pattern requirements in terms of sidelobe and isolation levels, aperiodic/sparse array configurations have been considered to feed the Imaging antenna system.

  • E3000 Mechanical Platform Strategic Improvements

    The programme comprised four elements, the first to develop a range of three E3000 SXL Satellite Platforms (featuring CPS MkIII), the second was a combination of E/W radiators and TWT implementation enhancements in order to extend thermal capability, the third was a range of payload implementation improvements and the final package was to develop the products necessary to offer a E3000 100V platform into the market.


    The MSURA project is a demonstrator of large (up to 5m), unfurlable antenna reflector for KU missions.

  • WIND

    The Newtec Dialog System fully prepared for large scale HTS wideband Satcom operations.

  • Development of the PPU NG HKISEQ Module

    This project proposes the industrial development by Airbus Defence and Space Crisa, under the Artes 3-4 programme, of a sequencing module so-called Heater-Keeper-Ignitor-Sequencer, (HKISeq). This module is part of the New Generation of Power Processing Unit of Airbus Defence and Space.

  • Advanced Particle Filters

    In the frame of European efforts for independence regarding equipment for satellite communication, this project aims to develop ITAR free 20µm bi-propellant particle filter to meet applicable requirements related to the existing European Geostationary Telecom platforms.


    The project comprises investigation of possible solutions to minimize mass and volume for the RF Front-End elements of large Ka-band high throughput satellites. This includes: - Architectural trade-offs - Technology trade-offs - Design - Sub-elements and BB validation - EM MAIT

  • AIMT

    The project’s target is the design and development of a system demonstrator that proves the feasibility and benefit of interference mitigation techniques in representative environments.

  • De-Risking Development Activities for Customized RIT 2X

    Within this activity the RIT 2X ion thruster product for application on geostationary telecommunication satellites has been developed. The activity secures the transition from the heritage RIT22 system towards a customized RIT2X solution for a commercial customer. Scope included development activities for Thruster, Radio Frequency Generator, Neutralizer and Xenon Flow Control. The Power Processing Unit has been developed in parallel within a German National Programme.

  • FOS

    Spacecraft structural health-monitoring applications are pushed forward by increased constraints in the cost of launching payloads into orbit that dictates major reduction in structural weight. Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) optical sensors exhibit a large multiplexing capability and thus can provide relevant savings in terms of cabling and sensor weight. With this objective, the FOS System project has adapted the photonic sensor technology to the requirements of space in-flight applications. The result is a smart demonstrator based on FBG optical sensing technology, able to acquire up to 8 channels with 20 FBGs per channel at 10 Hz acquisition rate and showing temperature sensing precisions above 0.2°C. The system can be accommodated either in stand-alone configuration or inside a telemetry acquisition unit.

  • MCPRED Multi-Carrier transmission PREDistortion and equalization

    The usage of multi-carrier per transponder operation is becoming more and more common in future satellite systems. This is due to both the use of wider transponder bandwidths and because the efficient operation of multi-carrier transmissions is of high importance future broadcast applications and for broadband applications over future high throughput satellite (HTS) systems. In this context, MCPRED project has implemented a powerful multi-carrier pre-distortion hardware prototype testbed, whose performance has been successfully tested both in laboratory conditions and through over-the-air satellite demonstrations. To this end, throughput gains up to 9% over linearized satellite transponders were successfully demonstrated, which directly translates to similar improvements in terms of operational expenditures as well as capital expenditure gains.

  • RFIC Chip and Phased Array Antenna Demonstrator

    This project covers the development of a RFIC that operates in Ku band which will support interfacing with phased array antenna elements and hardware demonstrator with all the components integrated.

  • Fijosat

    The project activity is designed to address the deficiency in available secure access technology in remote areas and in areas where there is no or unreliable terrestrial radio coverage. The solution will provide a satellite ready secure access device which can pass IP data between a secure management portal and remotely located equipment.

  • KaLENS

    The next generation of Ka-band satellites will allow a considerable reduction in wireless broadband access costs on-the-move. Mobility requires beam steering at the user terminal to maintain the satellite link. An effort is required to allow smaller affordable mobile terminal antennas mounted on top of vehicles like trains, car or planes without sacrificing performance. There is a trade-off among several possible antenna solutions in terms complexity, weight and cost. Pure mechanical steering solutions promise very low-cost antennas, while competing in terms of performance. The downsides tends to be the antenna volume and mechanical complexity. The project proposes a new concept of mechanically steered Ka-band antenna based on a passive transmit-array design that scans the beam just by its in-plane translations over a fixed single feed (or mixed translation of the transmit-array and a single feed). This favors antenna low profile and lightweight. A single aperture is used to operate simultaneously in the downlink and uplink bands with circular polarization. The proposed solution requires less volume and less weight compared to reflector-based solutions. At the same time, the developed solution allows lower production costs than phased array antenna solutions.

  • KAL

    Following key activities in the telecom payload product area have been performed: - Development, industrialization and qualification of two 4-pack Kaband LNA EQMs; one with primary power interface and one with secondary power interface.


    The goal of the GHOST is to develop a flexible measurement instrument to facilitate the verification of wideband satellite channels without interrupting the customer service as well as avoiding interfering with other satellites during orbital movements.

  • Ku-Band MPA EM

    The purpose of the project is to design, manufacture and test an Engineering Model Multi-port Amplifier operating in the Ku-band. This allows demonstration of RF performances, confirmation of the performance predictions and demonstration of the calibration functions of an MPA. The project ensures risks are retired and the path to a future Flight Model is identified.

  • High Voltage Switching Matrix

    In Electric Propulsion systems often cross-switching of high voltage lines is required. Nowadays this kind of switching is usually done with high voltage relays. Benefits are expected by replacing the relays with semiconductors. The challenge will be the use of advanced semiconductors capable to deal with high voltages, related to Hall Effect Thruster and Ion Engines.

  • Satellite Ephemeris Estimator

    A feasibility study for a passive ranging system to estimate satellites ephemeris for LEOP/Orbital move/MEO and LEO satellites.

  • Beam Former Chip for Phased Array Antenna

    This project covers the development of a Digital Beam Former ASIC that enables the use of multiple antenna elements to perform beam forming.

  • C-Band INET/ONET

    Development and qualification of components, switches and filters as standalone equipment and as subassemblies (INET, ONET) in C-Band.


    EPTOS project developed a flight dynamics product able to optimize the orbital transfer trajectory and attitude for novel commercial telecom GEO satellites that employ electric propulsion for orbit raising to GEO. The final product has been integrated in GMV’s commercial focusleop product, part of GMV’s focussuite flight dynamics system, flight-proven and highly reliable software devoted to ground control of commercial satellites during LEOP.

  • Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) with Satellite Access for Public Safety Operations

    The project is about the development of a communication gateway product that comprises features and functionalities, which allow the efficient linking of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) to satellite networks. The development addresses the market of public safety organisations which do have a requirement for mobile broadband communication solutions with a high availability at the respective operation sites. Key requirements from public safety organisations in the areas of mobility management, security and QoS provisioning will be fulfilled by the solution to be developed. Fulfilling the customers’ requirements, being fully operational and providing an easy handling will facilitate the market entry.

  • MEMS FCM for EP

    The objective of this project was to design, build and test an engineering model of a Xenon Flow Control Module using MEMSbased flow control elements. The primary application for this MEMSbased Xenon flow controller module is existing and future medium and high power Electric Propulsion thruster applications.

  • KHT - Krypton Hall Thrusters

    Starting from an existing EP technology to be potentially employed for Next Generation Telecom Platforms, the effects on both thruster and system-level performance of propellants selected to be potentially alternative to Xe have been assessed through the development of mathematical models and dedicated test sessions.

  • Broadband Linearisers (BLIN)

    As the key nonlinear building block of a linearized channel amplifier (LCAMP) the linearizer must compensate a broad variety of TWT nonlinearities. A set of new RF equalizer MMICs provides a greater tuning flexibility by electronic means, thus making hardware modifications obsolete.


    Broadband satellite systems are at a unique position for providing telecommunication infrastructure in security critical situations for effectively dealing with emergency and disaster management, and rescue and relief operations. Disasters are unpredictable in space and time and often take place in areas with non-existing, partially damaged or completely destroyed communication infrastructure, compromising any rescue and recovery effort. The proposed next generation of satellite OBP hosted payloads could help in these extreme conditions.

  • BiSon64 production optimisation

    Production optimization of a small and affordable high reliability sunsensor


    The feasibility study of VDES satellite component system consisted in exploring user needs and required services, defining satellite technical solutions in response of the user needs and performing trade-off analyses of the satellite technical solutions.


    The project demonstrates that the DVB-S2X standard can be a common technology enabler for land-mobile, aeronautical, and maritime satellite services, in addition to the fixed VSAT. The reference design implements novel features such as super-frame format #3, a robust synchronization chain, signal predistortion, and a convolutional interleaver. The test system can operate down to -6 dB SNR.


    Identification and verification of an advanced manufacturing technique capable of processing a propellant-compatible material for the production of space grade bellows.


    This project investigates the possibility of providing a generic mixer system that is capable of offering a versatile downconverter for a front end system. This in the sense that a multitude of frequency bands can be dealt with using just one component. It comes in contrast to the use of a dedicated/custom system for each one of the bands.

  • Wideband Flexible Front-End Design for DTH Receivers

    The activity is aimed at design and prototyping of a novel wideband flexible front-end, capable to appropriately down convert, digitise and process a single or multiple input IF carriers with a (aggregate) bandwidth of up to 500 MHz.

  • Independent Tracking Dual Beam (ITDB) Antenna

    The objective of this project was the design and breadboarding of a single ground station terminal antenna able to track two simultaneous satellites in MEO orbit allowing the handover process.

  • ADS

    ADS for antennas. The A-ADS system enables the deployment of satellite antennas with a large diameter and an extended focal length. The articulated (segmented) boom can be folded in several configurations on the spacecraft sidewall. Three hold-down points, based on similar technology as used on Airbus Defence and Space NL solar arrays (heritage of >500 releases with 100% success), will assure safe accommodation during launch and shock-free release in orbit. The boom deploys by means of spring-driven hinges interconnected by means of synchronization cables, similar to solar arrays. The deployment speed is controlled by an actuator. When fully deployed, the hinges are locked, providing a very stiff structure, essential for disturbance-free pointing of the antenna. The pitch-and-roll pointing mechanism (ADTM Mk2 gimbal by Airbus Defence and Space with over 23 in orbit), is located close to the reflector assuring high pointing accuracy. The A-ADS has a modular design, which allows a wide range of mission configurations by tuning only a few design parameters. This approach in combination with the use of standard building blocks minimizes the non-recurring design effort for a specific application and allows any desired configuration. A special kinematic model is available to assess the design parameters of the A-ADS based on customer inputs.

  • Generic Flexible Payload Solution

    Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation of payloads. The interest of two major European Telecommunication Operators for these solutions has motivated the present study in order to define the possible Generic Payload Solutions in line with the Operator views and with the objective of taking benefit of their guidelines for the down-selection of preferred payload scenarios.

  • New LCAMP Technologies

    In order to reduce equipment cost a Breadboard LCAMP based on new and innovative technologies and equipment tuning is to be developed. Herby development activities are focused on three main issues: 1) Mixed Signal ASIC to achieve maximum integration of electrical components 2) LTCC technology including a cost- and time-minimized assembly process 3) Fully automated equipment tuning

  • PPU for Full Electric SATCOM: qualification phase

    The aim of the project is to define and qualified the PPU Mk3 to drive 5kW Hall Effect Thruster.

  • SMP Switch Module

    Development of an EQM Switch Module as part of a SMP concept intended to support a wide variety of telecoms and science missions using the next generation of deep sub-micron digital processing technology.


    The purpose of this activity will be to implement the required receiver technologies to detect multiple DVB-CID signals, and verify the effectiveness of current technologies in realistic interference scenario. The activity will be instrumental to enhance and improve the capability for detecting the presence of unwanted transmitter signatures.


    The NGSSN Project addresses the Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) scenario which is characterised by a new SATCOM service-class fitting between COMSATCOM services, not offering guarantees for robustness and sufficient availability, and MILSATCOM services, which are both too expensive and too difficult to implement for conventional use in low or medium intensity crises.


    Due to the increasing market requirements for FSS and BSS services in Ku-band, Airbus decided to replace the over ten years successfully used Ortho Mode Transducers (OMT) by a set of new developed ones. Three new devices were designed, built and qualified for space application. These products cover all demands with respect to frequency band, polarisation, RF power and performance.

  • M2M IoT Maker Space For Satellite Communications

    The European Space Agency (ESA) and Dublin City University have joined forces to establish a Satcom IoT ‘Maker Space’, which will support the development of innovative Machine-to -Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for satellite communications.


    Govsatcom services shall be provided to European Public Safety entities thanks to different means : classic commercial services, adequate procurement schemes to ensure immediate and guarantee access on either commercial assets or governmental assets, or dedicated Govsatcom assets. The aim of Securesat study is: first, to assess the Users and Mission requirements for Govsatcom communications, secondly to identify existing (or soon to be deployed) assets and adequate procurement models that can answer to these requirements,and then to identify the remaining gap and to define complementary new assets to fulfil the full set of requirements. The candidate solutions shall be evaluated through a trade-off to identify the best solutions (taking into account cost-effective parameters). Among the future assets, the development that could be part of a precursor will be identified and a first design will be realised.

  • BiSon74-ET-RH

    Sunsensor that can withstand both the heat and the cold associated with extendable solar panel mounting and exhibiting increased radiation tolerance so as to allow prolonged operation in or near the radiation belts.

  • MAM

    Following key development activities in the on-board processing converter product area have been performed: - The development of a Ka to L Downconverter - Development of converter multipliers MMICs. - Market survey for commercial off the shelf MMIC image reject mixers (IRM).

  • HTMod2

    In the frame of the contract 4000110670/14/NL/US a 100 Volt High torque Wheel Drive Electronic with analogue interface for a Reaction Wheel was qualified. In the frame of this qualification, which was performed on Reaction Wheel Assembly level, several features of the heritage wheel drive electronics were improved and qualified.

  • M2MSAT

    Satellite systems have unique advantages for M2M/IoT such as broad coverage and connecting remote areas where there is no or limited terrestrial network infrastructure. Today’s M2M/IoT protocols work well in terrestrial settings, while their applicability for space communication systems has received little attention so far. This project analyses existing M2M/IoT protocols and investigates into possible improvements for satellite systems.


    Magnitude Space is building a nano‐satellite platform to provide low‐cost IoT data connectivity for sensors globally. In an open development environment, sensors will be integrated with small transmission hardware to send small packets of data to a low‐cost cube-sat constellation and from there via ground stations to data servers at the customers’ premise.

  • GPV (Gas Passivation Valve)

    In the frame of space debris mitigation, ESA has implemented new requirements and recommendations, which state that satellite propulsion systems shall be passivated at end of life. The main objective of the project is to develop a Gas Passivation Valve (GPV) to meet applicable passivation requirements related to the existing European Geostationary Telecoms platforms.


    The SPECSI project examined the role of satellites in future communication networks and applications in 2020-25. It studied emerging ICT trends to identify future opportunities for satcom and their associated system propositions. The outputs of the study are designed to help ESA understand how the European and Canadian satellite industry can be best supported through its ARTES programme.

  • Iris Convergence

    Two approaches were considered in the past for the long term evolution of the safety critical satcom for aviation: Purpose built system with custom air interface (ANTARES) and the incremental evolution of Inmarsat’s system and services (Iris Precursor, Iris Service Evolution). This study helps to converge the two approaches and find synergies.


    CAN bus has been used in automotive and industrial applications for years in complex systems that require demanding command and control performance. In space systems, the benefits of CAN bus have also been recognized: reducing the number of wires and weight along with lower power consumption and easier testability will result in major cost savings for spacecraft manufacturers. CAN bus is rapidly becoming an on-board standard command and control bus.

  • AMPT

    Innovative design of new ITAR free monopropellant 1N thruster developed specifically to out-perform existing flight-proven designs in terms of longevity. Radical use of materials, catalyst loading, nozzle and injector design, filtering and fine particle control, etc. will make this thruster a key player in the 1N chemical thruster market for satellite orbit control systems. Flight Standard Qualification to 44kg throughput was completed in August 2016. Delivery of first flight thruster in September 2016 ensures rapid flight heritage for the MHT-1N with launch planned for June 2017.


    The future generation of communication satellites will use multi-beam antennas providing wide-band two-ways communication applications. Active discrete lens antennas permit generating a multibeam coverage adopting only a single Tx/Rx aperture or two separated Tx and Rx apertures instead of the current solutions based on multi-reflector systems. Reduced volume and maximum EIRP flexibility over the service area are the main advantages of this alternative multibeam antenna. The main criticalities of discrete lens antennas are associated with their mass, physical accommodation, power consumption and thermal control of the high power amplifiers. Reflector antennas exhibit some complementarity with respect to lens antennas: they guarantee a high gain but limited scanning capabilities. Combining a discrete lens with a reflector system would allow reducing the physical size of the lens itself, making it more manageable with respect to the criticalities mentioned above, and at the same time reducing the limitations of reflector antenna systems.

  • PACS

    The project aims at developing a testbed in software defined radio (SDR) to prove the feasibility of and measure the performance achievable in practice by the most promising among a set of advanced multiple access schemes for the return link of satellite communications networks

  • SHINE (Secure Hybrid In Network caching Environment)

    An end-to-end secure infrastructure for the delivery of collaborative multimedia services over integrated satellite-terrestrial networks


    Radiall has developed and qualified a new serie of TNC connectors under ARTES 5.1 and 3 contract. Radiall has qualified a complete range of TNC Very High Power connectors. 14 variants have been created and qualified, and three new ESCC detail specifications have been created.


    The RAMSES (Roadmap for Advanced Mobile SatellitE Systems) project has been defined in order to contribute to the definition of roadmaps of new solutions – new technologies, new products – for the successful deployment of Next Generation Mobile Satellite Systems in the 2025 timeframe.

  • Network Security on Multi-Spot Beam Broadband Networks for Multicast Based Interactive Systems

    In this project a secure multicast framework and architecture is defined on top of a multi-spot beam interactive satellite system, including the proposed application scenarios and use cases. A demonstrator is designed and developed to verify and demonstrate the defined secure multicast solution and proposed enhancements. Finally, implementation guidelines and standard evolution recommendation for the secure multicast satellite system are produced.

  • MTN-CCN2

    In the main study "Characterization of the Mobile Tracking Needs // ESA AO/1-6669/10/NL/NR" a measurement database was designed, developed and published. The database provides statistics of motion dynamics for mobile satellite terminals. The database (with access to industry residing within ESA member states) supports the design and testing of Satellite Communications On-The-Move (SOTM) tracking systems. The activity included a data gathering campaign and the development and population of a database. In this Contract Change Notice (CCN) standard motion profiles are defined based on the full set of measurements (including new measurements). The motion profiles are included in the GVF-105 standard SOTM test recommendations and their usability and applicability were tested in a pilot test with a commercial SOTM terminal at the Fraunhofer IIS Facility for Over-the-air Research and Testing (FORTE).

  • HEVC_4K

    The project developed key technologies for UHD satellite broadcasting systems both for direct-to-home (DTH) services as well as for presenting live events in digital cinemas. It successfully developed and implemented a real-time encoder for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) supporting High Dynamic Range video.


    This project investigates the feasibility of satellite networks integration with terrestrial clouds to dynamically and optimally offer services. It identifies suitable solutions in connection to key satellite capabilities, such as broadcasting/multicasting, large coverage areas, ability to reach remote areas, mobility support, service resilience and flexibility for extending capacity, as well as uniform QoS irrespective of distance to end user.


    ACCORD specifies a complete platform capable of generating innovative terminals able to automatically reconfigure seamless switching between different air interfaces. This truly innovative approach is based on: Smart router, provides seamless vertical handover selecting the most appropriate network on Quality of Service-based policies; Common Interface, manages satellite and terrestrial air interfaces and their protocols using a fully Software-Defined Radio approach.

  • 250WkaRC

    Design, development and test of an engineering model of a wideband and highly efficient radiation-cooled 250 W Ka band space traveling-wave tube.

  • TxBx2

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “Development of 2nd Generation Telemetry and Beacon Transmitter (“TxBx2”) with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has developed and successfully qualified two new beacon transmitters at C-band and Ku-band. After the completion of the test campaign, the Ku-band unit was rebuilt to a frequency agile Telemetry Transmitter. This EQM is also successfully qualified.

  • Q/V-Feed

    The development of a slimline Q/V-band feed system EM suitable for gateway applications in telecoms GEO VHTS systems.

  • SOTM Standards

    The activity “Standards Preparation For SOTM Terminals“ is a study to define a common way to specify and verify Satellite On The Move Terminals (SOTM). Currently SOTM terminals are not consistently specified, nor independently verified for a number of key performance criteria. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for service providers, satellite operators, and end users to clearly understand the capabilities of the product being offered without embarking on expensive and lengthy trials. For the SOTM market to continue to grow, obstacles preventing fast and fluid transactions need to be removed, and a clear understanding of product performance needs to be developed. This activity will help move the SOTM market away from the characteristics of a niche market and towards a more established, consumer and manufacturer friendly one.


    Telecom satellite transponder specifications relating to transmission performances which may be overly stringent, and which could be relaxed, thereby reducing satellite overall cost and schedule.

  • EASO

    SPELL (Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library, is a free, open source software package developed by SES in cooperation with GMV. The purpose of SPELL is to automate the execution of satellite procedures. SPELL works on multiple satellite platforms and can be interfaced to multiple ground control systems. Thanks to this versatility, SPELL increases the productivity of satellite controllers and engineers. The EASO project aimed to develop the satellite procedures and the automatic procedure converter software necessary to extend the use of SPELL to SES’ satellites fleet.

  • Compact and Scalable Ka band Switch Matrix

    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.


    During the next two decades, civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market is expected to ramp-up exponentially. While UAS integration in non-segregated airspace will start in 2015, regular flights are expected in 2025. ESPRIT aims at identifying and defining the best solution to provide satellite Command & Control communications to UAS when flying in non-segregated airspace.

  • Ultra-High Throughput Transmission Through Wideband Ka Transponder

    The central focus of this project is to develop, integrate, verify and optimise enhanced transmission techniques through testing over wideband satellite transponders, which allow reaching over 1 Gbit/s single carrier per transponder transmission data rates.

  • Converters and Local Oscillators for Flexible Payloads

    The target of the ESA contract. 21425/08 is to design and develop converter and local oscillators for flexible payloads. Thales Alenia Space Italia has designed, manufactured and tested the Engineering Model of the unit verifying the given requirements. As result of this study, Thales Alenia Space is able to propose Ku band Frequency Flexible Down Converters for Flexible Communication Payloads with less units having the same configuration and enhanced flexibility in frequency.

  • 3D-MID4Space

    3D-MID Technology enables the integration of mechanical, electronic, optical and thermal functions into single parts via selective metallisation offering a high geometric design freedom. This enables the miniaturisation of electronic devices and allows three-dimensional designs to be realised with offer significant reductions in space and weight compared to conventional electronic manufacturing methods.

  • Advanced Mobility management Protocols (AMP)

    In future high-capacity multi-beam GEO satellite networks, mobile terminals are subject to relatively frequent beam and gateway handovers with a significant rate of inter-system handovers to be handled by sophisticated IPv6-mobility management solutions. The verification of satcom scenarios on a test bed tailored for heterogeneous mobile networks alongside with the analysis of respective economic impacts are on focus of this activity.

  • RaDIGo

    The RF2D-D2RF project (direct Digital to RF and vice-versa), basing on the data converters manufactured by E2V within the ESA deep submicron technology activity, has concretely removed analog frequency conversions directly processing L band signals in digital. The performances of the RF digitization/generation hardware demonstrator have been analytically modelled and measured for a triple RF2D and D2RF beamforming-ready chain.

  • 300W Ku-Band Single FPM

    To improve the flexibility of the individual satellite, TESAT has developed the new product line of Flexible Programmable Microwave Power Modules (FPMs). The subject of this program lies on the development of a EPC/LCAMP assembly for higher power class FPM in the currently most frequently employed frequency band for telecommunication payloads, a 300W Ku-Band Single FPM. Additionally a qualification campaign is to be conducted using an EQM EPC/LCAMP assembly with a representative 300W TWT.

  • K/Ka-Band CP OMT for Complete Band Suitable for Multibeam Applications

    The aim of the activity was to qualify an EQM for a Circular OMT for complete K/Ka-Band (TX: 17.7-20.2GHz & RX: 27.0 – 30.0 GHz) suitable for multibeam applications.

  • SATURN - Smart mAritime saTellite terminal for mUltimedia seRvices and conteNts

    The SATURN project is oriented to the development of “on-board” technologies required to enable maritime versatile applications to be built on future S-band based service platforms.


    The motivation behind this project was the fact that extensive research is ongoing within (terrestrial) telecommunications to develop and standardize future mobile networks without much thought of the potential exploitation of satellites. At the same time, research specific to satellite-based telecommunications is just a fraction of its terrestrial counterpart and often said to be at least 5 years behind. By looking at new technology, standardization, and concepts in the terrestrial domain, we wanted to identify a number of key areas where the satellite industry can adopt or reuse in order to close this gap.


  • HeHPV (Helium High-Pressure Vessel)

    The HeHPV – short for “Helium High-Pressure Vessel” – is an innovative, light-weight, cost-competitive composite-overwrapped tank for storage of helium pressurant gas for satellite propulsion systems. Based on a common diameter, a tank family range of 50-75 l has been qualified for current and future satellite demands.

  • Compact Ku-Band Channel Filters for Input Multiplexers

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test two Ku-Band IMUX channel EMs (narrow and wide band) to demonstrate mass and size reduction of at least 25% compared to conventional dielectric filter technology.

  • High Performance C-/Ka-Band Coaxial Circulators

    The input multiplexer and the low power circulators are crucial components in a satellite communication payload. In modern multimedia satellites the complexity of the payload is increased by adding more and more signal processing features to the simple amplification, and the role of the input multiplexer therefore becomes even more pronounced. The project focuses on C- and Ka-band circulators and isolators.

  • Ku-Band TT&C Transponder

    Tesat has developed a demonstrator model of a Ku-Band TTC transponder within a DLR funded project. Through this demonstrator the principal functions and performance of the equipment has been verified. However, for customer acceptance with respect to future flight applications it is essential to demonstrate the maturity by an engineering qualification model (EQM). Within this Artes 3-4 activity the demonstrator model has been redesigned to incorporate several improvements and to include the latest customer requirements, concerning especially increased frequency agility. An EQM was manufactured and submitted to a qualification test campaign.

  • Development of an EQM for a Ka-Band Preselect Filter

    The aim of this activity is to develop an EQM model for a Ka Band Preselected filter with a compact design and low insertion losses for comsat's payloads and also to be placed after the antennas. This filter is used in the payload to filter the up-link corresponding to the commercial band defined within Ka Band. This component is placed between the reception antennas and the input of the IMUXES.

  • Rx2

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “2nd Generation Command Receiver” (“Rx2”) with ESA, Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the frequency agile Command Receiver. The EQM was qualified both as a Ku-band and a C-band Command Receiver in two different test campaigns. In addition the program has also prepared the receiver for Ka-band operation.

  • KuBB

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “Ku Baseband Converters for Digital Transparent Processors” (“KuBB”) with ESA, Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the two frequency converter units for conversion between Ku and Baseband frequencies. The up- and down-converter units are tailored for use on advanced High Throughput Satellites using digital transparent processors.

  • SSS

    Spread spectrum modulation has important advantages, compared to classical standard modulation, allowing simplification of the frequency allocation plan, discrimination between signals or users being done by the spreading code, and also being less sensitive to any impairing signal. This study driven by Airbus Defence and Space aims at dimensioning such a system for collocated fleet and hosted payloads management.

  • UmiB Slice 3

    The project consists in developing new and denser products offering a broader range of modulation standards for the broadcast market. DVB-S2X capable, multi-stream, multi-carrier modems, modulators and demodulators provide innovative solutions for any broadcast related satellite link.


    The study explored new On-Ground BeamForming (OGBF) techniques and architectures for both fixed and mobile applications and provided a roadmap for their implementation. Different mission scenarios, spanning both fixed and mobile applications, were considered for assessing the key technical and commercial benefits which could be obtained with the proposed techniques.


    The Space Single Channel Emulator (Space-SCE) is a test bed designed to digitally emulate simultaneously the behavior of one forward and one return channels of a satellite Payload, i.e. all the RF phenomena arising between one gateway, and up to 300 terminals receiving communications through one transponder.


    The SPACEBUS G3 activities group two products: A Slip Ring Collector (SRC) and an Absolute Angular Sensor (AAS). The aim of this activity was to perform the manufacturing, integration, assembly and qualification of one G3 Slip Ring and one G3 AAS. These activities are the follow up phase of an ARTES 5.2 project, which consisted in the design of G3 SRC and AAS.

  • On-Board Spectrum Monitoring (OBSM)

    This project covers bread-boarding an efficient spectral monitoring concept design and its validation using realistic in-space spectral sensing scenarios. Dynamic sensing within the C-, Ku- and Ka-bands are targeted, considering the integration aspects with commercial satellites to achieve minimal impact in terms of size, weight, power consumption and complexity. The project targets a proof-of-concept architectural design and not a direct equipment design.

  • Iris Service Evolution

    Iris is Europe’s latest development in satellite-based aviation safety services. The Iris Service Evolution is looking into the technology, operational and strategy roadmap to meet the long term requirements for air traffic control services aligned with the SESAR Future Communication Infrastructure objectives. It follows the activities conducted in the Iris Precursor project which intends to provide initial services by 2019 to complement the existing terrestrial data link services.


    The Radio Frequency performances of LNA components on-board telecommunication satellites are proportional to the temperature at which they are kept. The lower it is, the better are the performances. This project focuses on the implementation of a Thermo Electric Cooler (TEC) for the temperature control of the component, optimizing masses, size and power consumption, outside the LNA hermetic sealing.


    ANTARES (AeroNauTicAl REsources Satellite based) is the phase B study, within the Iris programme, designing a new Satellite Communication System for Air Traffic Management. The study focuses on the development of a new satellite-based communication system including low-cost user terminals and an open satellite communication standard, entirely designed around aviation’s requirements

  • NG-MSS

    Thales Alenia Space France, has been leading this study along with TAS-E, Inmarsat and the University of Bologna. The main objective was to define the technology roadmaps that need to be implemented by the European and Canadian industry players to be able to deploy Next Generation MSS systems, in L and Ka bands, in two stages, one called Benchmark Systems, and the other called Advanced Systems.


    The development provides a cost efficient on-board processor solution for applications using either RF signals or data collection services. Low bandwidth missions, such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communication have been targeted, as well as more general applications such as spectrum survey, geo-location and general data collection services.

  • SatcomWeather

    VSATs link quality is very dependent on the tropospheric situation along the fixed slant path between the terminal and the satellite. The SatcomWeather project seeks for support of VSAT operators in optimizing networks and data throughput over time by classifying stations with optimization potential, optimize thresholds for installations, and derive weather data from the VSAT-measurements.

  • HDGE

    During the recent decades, Harmonic Drive AG built up a good and reliable technical and application know-how in industrial applications, mainly precision and high-demanding ones. Similar expertise was gained now for space applications by the development, design, integration and testing of Harmonic Drive ® gears which are to be used in reliable, weight and performance optimised space mechanism.


    Ka-METROCAL aims to demonstrate the feasibility and use of a novel automated RF path calibration system for gateway stations of broadband satellite networks operating in Ka-band spectrum. Ka-METROCAL outperforms traditional approaches by applying proven calibration concepts that rely on the use of a broadband white noise source to characterize a receiver chain gain or attenuation.


    Overview of the opportunity and the commercial strategy The opportunity exists for the development and subsequent implementation of a reliable, L-Band satellite communications antenna within the wing of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for use in missions in which the RPA operates Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) in a remote area with little, or no, reliable telecommunications infrastructure. Currently available satellite communications antennas, suitable for operating on mobile platforms, for use with the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, come in two varieties: • a mechanically steered helical antenna is typically found in a satcom terminal that is mounted on a moving ground vehicle. The drawback of this antenna is the lack of reliability of the mechanically steered antenna for regular use in an RPA operating BLOS. • A blade (shark fin) type omnidirectional antenna, is as in the Cobham SB-200 terminal shown in the above photograph. We have tested this satcoms terminal on our Inview RPA. The drawback of this satcoms terminal is (1) the price and (2) the omnidirectional antenna spraying the other antennas on the RPA with electromagnetic signals, creating interference. The commercial opportunities for the use of a reliable RPA in civilian BLOS applications are: • oil, gas and mineral exploration activities, requiring geophysical surveys in remote locations. • Oil pipeline and related infrastructure monitoring. • Land and maritime border patrol. • Small cargo transportation from hub to hub. • Radio relay node to interface satcoms capability with inexpensive radio transceivers (such as the PMR 446 transceiver) used by ground personnel. The commercial strategy to exploit this work is as follows: • BML will provide the L-Band ESTARR antenna as an OEM unit for other RPA developers to incorporate within their RPA. • BML will provide a vertically integrated (data gathering to and including data analytics), managed service, in which the Inview RPA fitted with a reliable ESTARR antenna is used in civilian BLOS applications. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR antenna to relay data between the RPA and the Remote Pilot Station when the RPA is within Radio Line of Sight. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR electronically steerable antenna technology as a basis for the future development of a satcom antenna operating from 5.030 GHz to 5.091 GHz.

  • ASTROgyro

    Unfolding the synergies of star trackers and gyroscopes, ASTROgyro™ establishes a reliable and performant attitude determination system by combining Jena-Optronik’s successful ASTRO star tracker series, as source of absolute and drift-free attitude information based on star pattern recognition, with the broad dynamic range and low noise rate spectrum of inertial sensing technology.

  • Tracking System for antennas with boom

    Telecom satellite missions with multibeam coverage up to Ka-band embark large aperture antennas with increased focal length and/or large reflector clearance. An Antenna Deployment and Pointing System (A-DPS) is required to accommodate such antennas on Eurostar 3000. The study objective is to assess the reflector assembly impacts on Antenna pointing performances, and define the required Antenna Tracking System (ATS) product evolutions to meet the mission pointing requirements.


    One of the problems of traditional MLI is the reflection of radio (particularly microwave) frequencies in its metallized surface. Such reflection equates to the one of a perfect electric conductor, and poses a significant problem to the communication branch of the mission. In this study HPS attempts to develop an MLI which is able to manage such reflections, and minimize them to an insignificant level.

  • HPLO

    The overall objective of this activity is to design and develop a high performance Local Oscillator. The intention is to demonstrate that exceptionally low phase noise can be achieved by optimizing all elements in a PLL and VCO.


    Several studies predict a rapid explosion of video data traffic in coming years. To forestall this situation, there has been a rapid build-up of technologies and tools. These technologies come in the form of next generation of codecs, multimedia delivery standards, new CDN and terrestrial network architectures, and new satellite technologies. But these technologies are being developed independently in disparate technology domains in the industry, academia, and standardization organizations. The key challenge in this project was to identify and devise synergies among these among mentioned technologies to successfully combat the problem of video delivery.

  • Digital Controller for Power Management

    The DPC ASIC is a mixed-signal microelectronics building block with primary use in the satellite avionics and power control domains. It includes control and regulation functions needed in different types of on-board units such as power control and distribution units. By using this innovative mixed-signal ASIC, significant reduction of the recurring cost of several types of electronics units can be realised.

  • SatGuard

    SatGuard is a novel monitoring solution for combating and managing interference from VSAT terminals

  • MultiBeam-RRM

    The project focuses on the design of novel radio resource management and return link burst scheduling strategies able to satisfy QoS requirements and system availability figures according to traffic forecast for the next 10 years. Further to this, radio resource management schemes are also analysed with respect to different satellite payload architecture in order to investigate the potential benefits of more sophisticated satellite architecture in terms of performance gain over conventional systems.

  • SA Building Blocks

    GaAs Solar Array building block development for Telecommunication Geostationary Satellite Applications

  • Lightweight RF Power Cable with High Phase Stability

    This activity has focused on the development of ultra-light RF cables capable to handle RF power signals for future telecom payloads. The main goals, phase stability and low mass, have been successfully achieved. The cables show excellent phase stability over a wide temperature and frequency range and it is as light as the lightest state of the art cables.

  • Mobile ad hoc networks with satellite access for public safety operations

    The project is about the development of features and functionalities of a communication gateway, which allows the efficient linking of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) to satellite networks. The development addresses the market of public safety organisations which do have a requirement for mobile broadband communication solutions with a high availability at the respective operation sites. Key requirements from public safety organisations in the areas of mobility management, security and QoS provisioning will be fulfilled by the solution to be developed. Public safety organisations are involved in the project during the requirement collection and system validation phase.

  • Satellite extension of xDSL copper wire based networks

    In its Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE), the European Commission has set ambitious goals for high-speed broadband coverage and take-up. Across most of Europe, xDSL is the dominant broadband technology both in terms of coverage and subscriber numbers. However, a significant proportion of xDSL in Europe lines are too long to support high-speed xDSL. The study is designed to investigate the use of a high-throughput satellite in receive-only mode to supplement downstream capacity on slow xDSL lines such that an improved end-to-end service is provided to the user.


    Nitrous Oxides Fuel Blend (NOFB) propellants are re-emerging and may be a candidate next generation propellant for Telecom applications. NOFB allows monopropellant simplicity (single tanking) with bipropellant levels of performance (320-340s Isp). This outstrips any European green propellant alternative and is a potentially disruptive technology. The fuel selection, handling & safety assessment, engine firing and a system level study are covered by the project activities.

  • Reconfigurable Antenna Optics

    This study enabled the design of a new Ku band antenna compatible of in orbit reconfiguration of the radiation pattern. The reconfiguration of the pattern is achieved by means of a number of mechanical actuators acting on a flexible reflecting surface. The challenge of the project is the definition of a flexible shell compatible with RF and mechanical needs. The antenna design is based on a multidomain optimization (technology, mechanical, RF).

  • VIPS

    Recent advances in satellites network technologies such as larger antenna apertures, more powerful repeaters, better pointing systems, improved network management systems have allowed the introduction of satellite systems leading to a significant network capacity breakthrough from 10’s of Gbps today in orbit up to several 100’s of Gbps are targeted for the end of the decade. These improvement on the performance allow a significant increase of the number of beams generated by the satellite payload.


    Aim of this project is the design of a complete new single chip SiGe synthesizer (PLL including VCOs) with a very good phase noise performance at nearly no spurs, due to a novel system concept.

  • Robust High Rate Determination Algorithms Based on Star Sensing

    A novel feature for future star trackers enabling the angular rate measurement even with high angular rates for a fully gyroless spacecraft solution.

  • Aeronautical Satellite Communications Channel Characteristics

    Satellite-to-aircraft signals are crucial to supply either the aircraft itself or the passengers with communication abilities, and signal propagation characteristics are of special interest for assessing the performance of communication links. This project aimed to extend the current state-of-the-art aeronautical satellite channel models (aircraft and helicopter) in order to consider the influence of physical related propagation effects on the communication link, and to extend these models in order to be close to reality.

  • KuDGR

    Focused on Ku-band linear polarized applications with two shaped reflectors, the surfaces built out of in total more than 500 single CFRP rods led to a tremendous mass reduction and lower acoustic loading on the DGR. Due to the full CFRP approach also a very good thermo-elastic distortion performance had been achieved and verified in thermo-elastic distortion test. The RF performance was validated in a compact range during an extensive RF test campaign.

  • Additive manufacturing for geostationary telecommunications satellites

    The purpose of this activity is to analyse the applicability of AM technologies for the production of systems and subsystems of telecommunications missions and to assess the benefit on cost savings, potential assembly, integration time and mass savings at system level. A detailed technology development roadmap for future telecommunication satellites is proposed.

  • SORA

    Aim of this project is the development of a silicon germanium (SiGe) voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) array covering frequencies from 1.5 to 12 GHz at very low phase noise.

  • NF-P/L Study

    State-of-the-art and future telecom satellites significantly grow in dimensions and in complexity demanding for new measurement approaches of P/L performances e.g. aiming on reuse of existing and in space limited test facilities. In the NF-P/L study methodologies were developed and validated using near-field antenna measurement technologies being known for their unique and compact measurement dimensions and analysis capabilities. The study was conducted by the Antenna Measurement Technology Group of Airbus DS in Munich and of the Central Assembly Integration & Test Department of Airbus DS in Toulouse from November 2013 to November 2015.

  • Flexible RF/IF Down-Converter for Flexible Payload

  • Identification of opportunities for satcom actors in a low-carbon society

    The effort and investment to make the electrical infrastructure more efficient through smart grid technologies and the large scale development of renewables requires connectivity to a large number of systems, even in the more remote areas, representing a business opportunity for satellite communications and space based services.

  • 400N Flow Control Valve

    Since end of 2013, AER (previous FCV manufacturer) has announced to stop the production of the 400N FCVs and Airbus DS has decided to requalify the production process at Airbus DS Lampoldshausen. In this frame also design improvement steps have been introduced and finally a product requalification sequence was performed on a First Article unit. The existing flow control valve equipment specification is accepted by Airbus DS customers and was baseline for the requalification process finally.


    Today there is a growing demand for large aperture antennas exhibiting increased capabilities (in terms of flexibility, reconfigurability, frequency bandwidth, and field of view) and reduced cost and complexity. Sparse arrays represent an effective architecture to achieve high performance while minimizing the number of controls for a limited field of view or wide band array. Sparse arrays, based on non-regular lattices, are a valid alternative to periodic arrays because they are able to generate an equivalent tapering by adjusting the element positions. They also allow reducing the number of elements, and increasing the DC to RF overall efficiency of the antenna. In this activity the optimization of the irregular array layout has been done in such a way to satisfy the required radiative performance keeping at the same time a simplified beam forming network and cooling system (e.g. heat-pipe).

  • Software Terminal development Environment and Lead Application (STELA)

    The project centres on the creation of a fundamental and wide-ranging Software Defined Radio (SDR) development environment and methodology to address the software portability and reuse issues in developing wireless User Terminals (UTs). A lead UT application in the satellite communications field is also developed to help focus and validate the approach, involving the integration of existing Intellectual Property Right (IPR) blocks with newly developed portable blocks that are not available in the market-place.


    The HighLIGHT SAT is a new Solar Array Tester (SAT) for multiple-junction devices. This multisource solar simulator is composed of three synchronized light sources which are independently adjusted to precisely balance the spectral content in each junction range. Accurate electrical characteristics (power measurement) of up to 10m2 triple-junction (3J) solar arrays are thus determined by this future-proof turnkey system with effective footprint.

  • Cool Gas Generators for Comsat mono-prop system re-pressurisation

    LEO constellation comsat typically use mono prop propulsion systems in which the tank is 70% filled with hydrazine and 30% with nitrogen pressurization gas. By application a Solid Propellant Nitrogen Cool Gas Generator to pressurize the tank, the propellant filling rate can be increased to 95% for the same tank. This will increase life time of the satellite with years without changing the propulsion system itself.

  • BeamSat: Broadband Access over multi-spotbeam Ka-band satellites

    The BeamSat project entails the development of Newtec’s next generation satellite broadband access system using multi-spotbeam Ka-band technology and wideband bent-pipe RF channels. The purpose of the research project is to define and develop the next generation broadband Sat3Play solution by the launch of the broadband Ka-band satellite constellations. It will accelerate Newtec’s growth within the broadband market and will leverage Newtec to become the major European supplier for ground equipment in satellite broadband access networks.

  • AGGA-4 in OBC

    The project targets the feasibility of the inclusion of a GNSS Receiver into the platform avionics on-board computer, with target to Geostationary Telecommunication Platforms. The synergies between the TAS Italy on-board computer and GNSS Receiver architectures were investigated, under the supervision of the platform responsible in TAS France. The advantages with respect to a stand-alone GNSS receiver solution are pointed out, as well as the savings that an embedded solution provides.

  • ARTES 5.2 Development of EM Ka-Band Downconverter Single Side-Band mixer

    The ARTES 5.2 programme was aimed at designing a Ka-band SSB Mixer to the conclusion of a fully analysed, manufactured and evaluated part. The primary challenge for the programme of work was to design and develop a SSB Ka mixer with low level spurious performance over a wide bandwidth. AIRBUS Defence & Space has been very successful in achieving these goals.

  • RADE

    The Reconfigurable Architecture Demonstration Equipment (RADE) program was an ARTES 5.2 program under which an in-orbit reconfigurable platform, making use of the software defined radio technology, capable of operating a sophisticated RF sampling and message decoding application used for the Satellite Automatic Identification of System for ships (S-AIS) was developed.


    The objective of this project is to investigate the suitability of commercially available GaN enhancement mode FET for space power switching electronics. This project is peculiar to telecom applications being a flight DC/DC converter, fed by the nowadays common 100V satellite bus and with a power level of 600W. We focused on 200V rated GaN components with a high current capability with the true enhancement mode or cascode assembly.

  • Ka Band Transceiver

    The project was aimed at developing a low cost Ka Band 2W Transceiver for use on HYLAS.

  • Ka-band mixed mode Quadruplexer Development

    This activity studies and develops techniques allowing broadband Tx/Rx multiplexers to be realised as feed chain components. This enables single feed realisations where dual feed or dual antenna realisations would usually be proposed. The extreme temperature range presents challenges in tandem with the realisation of a quadruplexer operating over the extremes of a waveguide band.

  • FREESTONE- FREquEncy Sharing Techniques with Other NEtworks or radio services

    FREquEncy Sharing Techniques with Other NEtworks or radio services

  • Ka-Band Downconverter

    A modular Ka-band Down-converter equipment based on a multi-chip MMIC hybrid implementation for the RF section, using a single piece multi-cavity Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) packaging technology, and a conventional PCB based DC/DC Converter power supply section. Several individual modules can be stacked together onto a mechanical fixing chassis/frame as required for individual spacecraft system requirements.


    To be ready for future space missions requiring higher powers and voltages implement the recommendations of this study.

  • GMP-T First Mission Study

  • Elliptical Ku-Band Antenna

    A Ku-Band TCR antenna with an elliptical radiation pattern has been developed. Some satellite manufacturers use this type of antenna as main TCR antenna, complemented with secondary antennas.

  • Low loss dual polarised frequency selective surface in Ku and Ka band

    The main objective of the activity was to design, manufacture and test a multifrequency Ku/Ka band Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) breadboard and an Engineering Model to demonstrate the capabilities of a FSS based Ku/Ka band antenna.

  • ALMA

    The future generation of communication satellites will use multi-beam antennas providing wide-band two-ways communication applications. Active discrete lens antennas permit generating a multibeam coverage adopting only a single Tx/Rx aperture or two separated Tx and Rx apertures instead of the current solutions based on multi-reflector systems. Reduced volume and maximum EIRP flexibility over the service area are the main advantages of this alternative multibeam antenna.

  • Signalhorn Customer Portal

    Signalhorn is developing a web based customer portal to enable its customers to view and manage all aspects of their relationship with Signalhorn. It will provide an interface to the systems that Signalhorn uses to manage its customers’ accounts, networks and services. The portal will provide Signalhorn with a value-added service and a key differentiator. Key features include: access to near-real-time network performance and availability information; reporting of historical network status in standard formats; a trouble-ticketing system through which faults can be handled through to resolution; key information on networks, service, supplier contacts, SLAs and billing all in one place.

  • Space Gate R3

    The Space Gate project aims at developing the new generation of satellite access network for high throughput satellite system, based on DVB S2-RCS2 standards

  • Improved Level of Information provided in TM

    The purpose of this study is to focus on the satellite physical TM acquisition algorithm, especially in terms of management of TM acquisitions resolution and frequency. This allows having the necessary and sufficient information, for satellite operation, depending on the status of equipment (off / nominal / investigation) and satellite (nominal / emergency). From a set of requirements deduced from in-flight experience, a demonstrator unit has been implemented succesfully, based on a programmable logic component (FPGA), in order to allow algorithms testing on simulated or “real” (in flight) spacecraft telemetry

  • ARGO

    COTS GPS receivers are sensitive to radiation effects. Hence their availability is limited due to these effects. The project aims to increase the availability of COTS GPS receivers by adding additional support electronics (protection mechanisms) to counter these effects.

  • Beamsat Sat3Play B2X

    The Beamsat S3P B2X enhanced Newtec’s System portfolio with a low cost modem MDM2500 and a denser more performant MCD 7000 burst demodulator device module.

  • Ultra Rapid Deployable Antenna (URDA)

    The objective of the Ultra Rapid Deployable Antenna project is to design, manufacture and test a Ku-band transmit & receive antenna having in mind security and emergency scenarios. The antenna will be foldable so that it can be easily transported and fast deployable/stowed so that a communication link can quickly be established.


    The team composed by HPS GmbH (as prime contractor), INVENT GmbH and TESAT GmbH, Cobham CTS Limited and other partners has developed an earth-deck antenna (dimensions 1.2m x 2.5m x 1.9m) for feeder link applications in Q/V band (Frequency band Tx: 37.5-40.5 GHz, Rx: 47.2-50.2 GHz) to be embarked on a GEO communication satellite mission with high capacity requirements (in connection with Terabit satellite studies). In order to verify the performances of the proposed solution, an EM (Engineering Model) of the antenna, including a representative feed chain, has been manufactured, assembled and tested. The results of the RF test campaign performed in the Compact Range of the University of Applied Sciences Munich show an excellent agreement between the predicted values obtained by analysis and the measured values.

  • Compact C band feed assembly for single and multi beam missions

    The replacement of existing C-band payloads providing a contoured beam could benefit from multi-beam antenna technology to enhance the capacity of the payload. Starting from two real Multibeam Mission scenarios and associated antenna sub-systems, relevant Single–Feed-per-Beam and Multi-Feed-per-Beam configurations have been defined. From those antennas, the feed design requirements have been derived. Based on RF performance and accommodation aspects, MFB configuration has been choosen as only two reflector antenna are required to produce the full coverage. The model manufactured is a subset of a MFB feed system

  • Ka-Band TC OMUX

    Thales Alenia Space France is looking for solutions to improve its competitiveness in terms of Ka-band equipment, payloads and satellites. As far as Ka-band output filtering is concerned, use of Temperature Compensated OMUX is foreseen. This new technology leads to an improvement of the input power limitation, footprint, useful bandwidth and electrical in band performances The five channels Ka band TC OMUX qualification allows to increase the competitiveness of Thales Alenia Space products by fulfilling identified customer requirements. Those new needs are mainly concerning HDTV application with very high power OMUX (340W / channel).

  • SatSoHoAfrica

    SatSoHoAfrica is allowing the provision of competitive broadband internet services to Small-office-Home-office (SoHo) users in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • SWAY4Edu2

    Capacity Building activities for rural schools and rural radio stations in Africa based on eLearning platform accessible on-line via the Sat3Play platform.


    To study the impact of global changes and increasing human activities on the marine eco-system, monitoring migrating marine animals is essential. By using the bio-logging technique, data on the biological parameters of the animal (e.g. depth) and environmental parameters (e.g. light) is collected by a data logger on the marine animal and then RF transmitted by the tag when the animal or float surfaces. However currently commercially available tags using ARGOS 1 or 2 systems, suffer from highly ineffective communication requiring multiple data retransmission (low battery life) and overall poor data collection volume.

  • JANUS – Bi-Band Maritime Antenna System 2

    JANUS Program is focused on the realization of a Dual-Band (Ka- and Ku-band) Antenna System for maritime applications.

  • Indigo

    New technologies to help fully exploit the capabilities of the next generation of high-throughput telecom satellites will be developed under a public–private partnership between ESA and global satellite operator Intelsat. The Indigo project will develop new ground segment innovations that maximise the new capabilities offered by the latest Intelsat EpicNG satellites.

  • Next Generation Waveform for Improved Spectral Efficiency

    The goal of this activity is to design enhanced waveforms to be used by the forward and return links of next generation broadband and narrowband satellite networks, together with the associated estimates in terms of system performance improvements and high level complexity.

  • Iris Precursor

    Iris Precursor will develop enhancements to existing aeronautical satcom to allow its operation in dense continental airspace. The enhanced system will comply with international standards being produced at EUROCAE/RTCA and ETSI, with performance equivalent to or exceeding the next generation of terrestrial VHF datalink services. A new entity would be established as service provider and undergo EASA certification.


    With the maturation of electric propulsion technology it has become attractive to exploit the high specific impulse and reduce the propellant budget for orbit transfers. Numerical optimisation of the attitude profile in combination with detailed modelling of complex mission and model constraints is essential for achieving optimality of trajectories.

  • SBGM QM2

    SBGM is the acronym for the fully qualified RUAG Sealed Brush Gear Motor. The mechanism is mainly dedicated as in orbit motion control and actuation for solar array panels, but can also be used for other applications where a robust, simple and space qualified actuator is required. In the frame of the project, the actuator, consisting of a motor and a planetary gear, was developed and qualified for the deployment motorisation and speed regulation of the high power solar array for the Thales Alenia Space Spacebus used for commercial telecommunication satellites.

  • Satellite networks for video distribution and content delivery (SEDUCE)

    The project will evaluate how the evolution of the video distribution and content delivery sector impacts satellite networks and will assess how the satellite should adapt to and benefit from this new environment.

  • SVC over satellite

    The project aims to develop and validate a Set Top Box prototype with a multi-standard decoder for a cost-effective HDTV satellite broadcast technologies. These technologies takes the idea of scalable service combining the usage of DVB-S2 VCM mode transmission and AVC+HEVC video coding (initially SVC)


    The AISTB project aims at developing an End-to-End test tool able to evaluate the different AIS performances both at system and subsystem level, in a laboratory environment. The AIS Testbed will be used in the Comparative Performance Assessment activity for evaluating the performances of existing or planned systems and of the underlying technologies. Two main subsystems were developed: the AIS Receiver Testbench, capable of interfacing with different AIS receivers (prototype, engineering model, EQM) from different manufacturers to assess their functionality and performance; and the System Emulator, a software capable of modeling any AIS constellation with configurable key system parameters including vessels traffic distribution, constellation, access protocol as well as AIS antenna and receiver characteristics. The AIS Receiver Test Bench also includes a prototyping hardware platform to be used to implement the AIS receiver algorithms specified by ESA for benchmarking purposes. As a secondary objective, advanced beamforming techniques to enhance the satellite AIS detection performance were studied and evaluated in detail, possibly leading to a reduced constellation and thus a lower total space segment cost.

  • PBC Cooling

    The “PCB cooling” project aimed at demonstrating the use of Loop Heat Pipe Technology for electronic card cooling. A multi-stage approach has been implemented to be able to cool a primary dissipative zone as well as additional zones on the PCB. It demonstrated the interest of such approach on a breadboard.


    Cobham’s Adhoc Mesh Radio Over Satellite System (CAMROSS) can provide a team of users with adhoc communications, supporting voice, data and tracking, from a remote location with no existing terrestrial communications. Employing satellite communications it can be taken anywhere and setup in minutes. This low cost system is designed for first responders, security forces and professional applications.

  • HiSAT 2

    The product developed in the frame of this activity is a Ku-band phased array antenna for the Land-mobile segment. The antenna combines a small form factor, low-profile lightweight and reliable performance thanks to the electronic elevation scanning.

  • AIN

    AlN is an interesting new material for TWTs. Nevertheless, the requirements for space, like long-term stability and reliability are stringend for the AlN and need to be secured. This requires a good understanding of the material and the knowledge of the complete processing, including the material source. Long-term reliability had been fostered by a common approach – together with the supplier.

  • Review of Iris ATN/IPS and feedback to standardisation fora

    The future European Air Traffic Management (ATM) is currently being defined by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. The Iris programme is the satellite-based solution for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. By 2020 it will contribute to the modernisation of air traffic management by providing digital data links to cockpit crews in continental and oceanic airspace. Within the Iris programme ANTARES (AeroNauTicAl REsources Satellite based) is the study that focuses on specification, design, development and testing of a new Communication Standard for satellite-based Air Traffic Management communications up to the level required for international standardisation. The implementation of ANTARES project however revealed some gaps and ambiguities and potential improvements to the existing ICAO standards.

  • Payload Interface Unit (PLIU)

    The PLIU is a unit containing command and acquisition channels of standard type, like High Level Commands and Thermistor acquisition channels. It contains power switches for heater control and stepper motor drivers. The interface to a central computer consists of a dual redundant Mil-Std-1553B bus. The challenge is to make a low-cost production series by using commercial components and a production friendly design.

  • NOVEL SAT-AIS Receiver Phase B2/C/D

    The main objective of this activity is the development of a Novel SAT-AIS Receiver (NAIS), focusing on an in-orbit upgradable SDR platform with low power consumption, small size and advanced signal processing.

  • Highly Integrated BFN using on Chip Multinode Concept

    This project aims to design, manufacture and test an EM of a Ku band BFN module based on a multinode on chip implementation using a European MMIC process, as well as a multinode MMIC for use in future Ku band phased array mobile terminals.

  • AOCS Design Upgrade Based On Operator Needs And Emerging Sensors

    The aim of this study is to take benefit from the availability of recently developed sensors to determine at system level how the AOCS could handle new functions or decrease its cost. On the other hand, to analyse new operators’ requirements induced by the increased number of collocated spacecraft or compliance to the French law about space activity.

  • MENOS Evolution

    The objective of the ESA MENOS Evolution project is to develop a coherent end-to-end IP network for multimedia exchange over satellite capable to support HD, Hybride services and broadcast work flows.


    The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate innovative multilayer solutions involving GEO satellites, LEO/MEO constellations and High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS) to provide internet for all services. A detailed model of the preferred solution has been realised and simulated to evaluate the performance of the multi-layer system showing the interest and complementarity of the different layers.

  • A Single Feed per Beam Antenna Product

    The project completed the design and manufacture of an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) of a Feed Block Assembly (FBA) for future Ka Band Single Feed Per Beam (SFPB) antenna programmes.

  • OBSM

    In this project, an efficient spectral monitoring concept design will be bread-boarded and validated using realistic in-space spectral sensing scenarios. Dynamic sensing within the C-, Ku-, Ka-bands are targeted, considering integration in commercial satellites with minimal impact in terms of size, weight, power consumption and complexity. This project targets a proof-of-concept architectural design and not a direct equipment design.

  • C-Band Primary Feeds for Multibeam Antenna Applications

    Flexible payloads in correlation with the raise of interest for C-band multibeam payloads due to frequency spectrum scarcity are emerging. Customers are currently considering the potential use of multibeam solutions for the replacement of ‘conventional’ solutions generating large beams. One of the main challenge is to develop the antenna configuration and associated feed clusters.

  • Development and Industrialization of Telecommand Receiver and Telemetry/Beacon Transmitter

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “TTC” with ESA, Norspace has developed and qualified three different EQMs. These are a Command Receiver (Rx), a Beacon Transmitter (Bx) and a Telemetry Transmitter (Tx). In addition a 31dBm Ku Band output amplifier module has been qualified under the frame of this contract. This has been an important and strategic activity for Norspace, and this development project has established the company as a provider of TTC equipment for space. The main strategic and technical objectives have been met, and commercial orders for flight models of Beacons, Transmitters and Command Receivers have been signed. This success shows that this program has been very useful and demonstrates an efficient use of ESA funding.

  • On-board Optical Beamforming Networks

    The study investigated various Optical Beamforming Networks (OBFN) and associated optical techniques and technologies to satisfy the mission scenarios and requirements developed during the initial part of the study. Two options were identified as the promising option to investigate further and detailed design of these two options were investigated.

  • Q-band LNA

    LNAFIN Oy implements a Q-band LNA according to ESA specifications. The unit is waveguide packaged, and its specifications include NF=2.5 dB, gain >30 dB and better than -18 dB wideband matching.

  • CAN bus for payload and platform management

    A robust, efficient and flexible communication data bus compatible with a next generation of more versatile and powerful Telecom payloads.

  • REGYS 20

    The objective of this activity was to increase the robustness and speed of the EEE parts procurement and testing of the Regys20 gyrometer for space applications. This comprised of 2 main work packages: i) EEE parts procurement transfer from Syderal to Sagem, through a CPPA (centralized parts procurement agent), and ii) the robustification of the testing process. This latter WP consists of 4 main points of improvement: - 2 additional two-axes rate tables were qualified to avoid a bottleneck in the AIT process - The EEPROM management process was enhanced with multiple checks to avoid human operator error and detect read/write errors - The calibration process was robustified to automatically detect out-of-family-behaviour - The test sequence was automated to allow weekend and night-time automated testing and save considerable time. The combination of the above 2 WPs has considerably increased the competitiveness of the Regys20 and increased the robustness of the AIT process.

  • MEMS-based satellite propellant gauging system

    NanoSpace has under this contract continued to develop a gauging system to predict the residual propellant on-board satellites in orbit. The target market is medium and large satellites in Geo-synchronous orbits. The main value lies in capability to predict end-of-life with high accuracy – for a typical satellite down to a few weeks. A first engineering model has been designed, built, and tested together with propellant tanks up to 368 litres within this contract. Test results have demonstrated accuracies between 0.07% to 0.35%, depending of amount of gas injected. Test results compared with EcosimPro-simulations shows excellent agreement.

  • Planar Array Active Antennas for Mobile Terminals

    The design of a T/R Ku-band electronically steerable antenna based on a horizontal integration has considered various approaches, covering both technological and system aspects, enabling the realization of a low-cost architecture. The antenna uses the available aperture for both Tx and RX functions and the RF components are integrated in a single horizontal board which allows an effective manufacturing process and avoid the need for complex mechanical structures and RF connectivity.

  • Digital test bench for fast testing of complex Payloads

    The objective of the study is to develop and validate a digital test bench for use during AIT and IOT for all C-band to Ku-band payloads, exploiting innovative and rapid RF test techniques to significantly reduce the overall test schedule. Furthermore extension to Ka-band payloads and RF interface using optical fiber are designed.

  • Ku-Band High-Power Reconfigurable Broadcast Antenna

    In the frame of this activity an innovative Ku-band high power reconfigurable multibeam broadcast antenna has been designed, with the development and test of a demonstrator model. The most promising payload solutions suitable to support the present application in terms of both antenna configuration and front-end architecture have been identified and investigated in detail. This extended trade-off activity led to an innovative antenna solution consisting of a Confocal antenna configuration fed by an aperiodic feed array. The designed Confocal antenna architecture, associated with sparse/aperiodic array feeding system, creates an innovative approach capable to fulfill the reconfigurable regional coverage mission in Ku-band, with full array operation and then full reconfiguration capability, full power allocation flexibility and graceful degradation, minimizing the number of controls.

  • Antenna multi-reflectors pallet product

    The objective of this ARTES3-4 project is to study and to design a multi-reflectors pallet antenna. This new antenna product is envisaged to generate several coverages from one antenna structure and one single deployment. The design drivers of the product are the capability to accommodate several reflectors from 2 to 5, with different diameters varying from 1600mm to 900mm, a focal length varying from 1.9m to 3.2m. The reflector mounted on the pallet shall be able to operate in Ku and Ka frequency bands, and to realise mono beam and multibeams misions. Moreover, the pallet product shall be compatible of small launchers and several platforms like Spacebus, Eurostar and Alphabus. This antenna should be accommodated in double deployment. All these characteristics are considered to design this new product.

  • Ka Band Fly-Away Terminal Design and Development

    This project addresses the design, development and industrialization of a novel Ka band bidirectional Fly-Away terminal. The terminal is intended for basic broadcasting users and for more demanding performance applications as well.

  • Demonstration of Ultra-Thin GaAs/Ge based multi-junction solar cells

    Pre-development and testing of cell assembly technology based on GaAs multi-junction solar cells on 20 µm and 80 µm Ge. System level study and trade-off of the ultra-thin GaAs multi-junction solar generator.

  • Medium and High Power EPC development

    The target of this project was to develop a new range of EPC that allows SSPAs to replace Travelling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) in the power range and allows a significant improvement on implementation aspects for some applications. The EPC is able to provide up to 250W with efficiency over than 90%.

  • Modules for Generic Platform

    The aim of the project is to develop and qualify through an EM/PFM approach specific modules and building blocks for a competitive PCDU


    For now several years, the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) insertion issue is a very hot topic both in the US and in Europe, and the Command and Control (C2) link is one of the most important technological challenges to be addressed. Regulatory and standardization bodies (especially ICAO, EUROCAE, JARUS) are making progress on this topic. Nevertheless, the work in front of us is still significant. CERES study aimed, generally speaking, at supporting this effort and, in particular, at fostering the development of an adequate framework for the development of an appropriate C2 link satellite communication capability, by analysing the potential performances and security requirements as well as standard needs. Furthermore, CERES complemented this top down approach by a bottom up approach, via the analysis of potential satcom candidate systems wrt. these requirements and needs.


    The project is composed of 3 topics aimed to improve harness mass, cost and performances: 1 - Improvement of waveguide harness attachment solutions 2 - Evolution of waveguide materials and processes 3 - Diversification and consolidation of supplier panel

  • SatElections CCN3

    The CCN#3 "Open eTraining Network for the Millennium Development Goals" to SatElections is a pilot project dedicated to the development of a broadband satellite network in support to both the training (eTraining service) and the electoral needs (Electoral Data Transmission) of the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo (IEC-DRC).

  • T@HIS

    T@HIS is a telemedical network connecting physicians and hospitals over a new-generation satellite network based on the recently launched AmerHis payload on the AMAZONAS satellite. Within the project three remote clinics in Amazonas, Para states in Brazil have been connected to a referral hospital in Porto Alegre. The dominant type of images transferred over the system is ultrasound images, acquired from portable or stationary ultrasound devices.


    This project aims to set-up and demonstrate the "modus operandi" for designing and providing effective distance learning applications that exploit the SkyPlexNet satellite technology available, integrate satellite and terrestrial telecom infrastructures and prepare for commercial sustainability.


    ESMEE provides a satellite based eLearning multimedia platform providing real-time audio and video streaming of university lessons and Internet based synchronous interaction.

  • SiLC

    The project " Broadband Satellite Information and e-Learning Channel for Manufacturers and Service Companies (SiLC)", intends to deploy broadband IP services via satellite to provide a new type of high quality and professional service channel. It will enable the electronic-hardware manufacturing industry as well as the consumer electronics industry to introduce their products to the trade and market professionals and also to the end consumer.

  • SatXpress has developed a basic ADSL-like Internet access service via satellite with brand name: SatXpress.


    ABARIS enables consumers to order a wide range of music products from an easily accessible World Wide Website. Following payment and copyright clearance these products are multicast to consumers, using the ASTRA-NET satellite communications service. ABARIS multicasts music products to customers who are equipped with a computer connected to a standard satellite TV dish. Following reception, each track may be played using a multimedia PC or written to a CD for use in a standard home or car hi-fi system. The music encryption scheme employed by ABARIS will protect artists' and composers' rights by preventing unauthorised performances or recordings.


    The SMART Project targets the development and demonstration of a low cost satellite access provision service using GEO satellite parked in inclined orbit on both Single Channel per Carrier and Multi Channel per Carrier access schemes.

  • AeroFleet

    The AeroFleet system is a solution for operators of small and medium sized aircraft and helicopter fleets providing digital air-to-ground communication for efficient fleet management. The AeroFleet system consists of a cockpit display allowing the creation of messages over the satellite communication link and the presentation of data sent from ground to the crew in a graphical way (e.g. weather information, mission dependent area of operation) and associated dispatch software. The display will interface with the airborne part of the Satcom equipment to provide further communication functions without flight crew involvement.


    The objective of the GAMMA project is to develop and demonstrate a pre-operational A-SMGCS which will provide surveillance and conflict detection services to controllers and vehicle drivers at airports.

  • Mimir 2.0

    The objective of the project was to develop Forsway´s one-way Internet over satellite gateway, Mímir, into a carrier grade solution for operators of all sized.

  • V4DL

    VideoSat for Distance Learning (V4DL) aims to exploit satellite broadband and broadcast capabilities, providing Value Added Services for Continuing Medical Education and Medical Scientific TV via Satellite. V4DL carries two major innovations: a distance learning methodology that binds emotional and narrative learning theory with video simulation technology (Edufiction), and an optimised user experience thanks to a specific Set Top Box capable of executing the specific eLearning application, managing the GUI and all data transmission functionalities.

  • Digital Cinema

    This project is dedicated to the production of an application software suite for a multicast management platform including an advanced Forward Error Correction (FEC). One of the future applications of this project is the distribution of digital assets such as movies to the projection locations.


    This project aims to contribute to the increase of road safety by providing localised and realtime Traffic and Travel Information to vehicle drivers. The project goal is to develop and demonstrate a nonproprietary system and language-independent platform for aggregating, provisioning, distribution and delivery of Traffic and Travel Information (TTI) content to vehicle drivers. The TTI Content is provisioned into the system and then it is broadcast through satellite communication to the hotspots installed along the road.


    SEDNET is dedicated to the development of an interactive retail TV experience with satellite broadcast in the forward channel and SMS as the tool for response, ordering and marketing. The SEDNET product will enable NetCast customers to receive dynamic, interactive media broadcasts over one-way satellite communications.

  • SatElections

    SatElections is a pilot project dedicated to the realisation of a satellite based system and associated applications of E-Training and voting data transmission in support of the programme of effective electoral assistance sponsored by the task force on electoral assistance set up by UNDP, the EC and the international organisation IDEA. The project is executed in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • MeCA

    MeCA provides a cost-effective and flexible technology and service model that will allow marine service operators to deploy and operate a range of IP enabled services on their vessels, and will actively commercialise the service. MeCA will develop and validate a range of services in the Canadian East Coast environment, including High-speed Internet access, Tourism services, Banking (ATM, debit and credit card services), Remote data collection and management and Distance Education for the crew.

  • SASS

    A satellite based alarm and surveillance system for security applications. The system is designed to provide connectivity via satellite between alarm and surveillance systems on one side and security centres and other receivers, for example to protect the owners of the property. The system will comply with the highest performance classification of alarm transmission systems in accordance with the relevant system directives, in particular EN 50136 and VdS 2471 and will provide a transparent link between any 3rd party alarm transmitter and receiver systems conforming to EN 50131 (Intruder Alarm Systems) and EN 50132 (CCTV Systems) and the applicable VdS directives.


    TEMOS' objective is to establish a globally active satellite based competence network which will optimise the medical care of humans (tourists and business travellers) in today's mobile society. This network will be open for all interested hospitals and medical institutions such as general practitioners or assistance companies who agree to accept and apply the TEMOS quality criteria as developed within the framework of the project.

  • SCCN

    The objective of this project is to implement a dual use network (commercial and emergency management uses) which is ready at all times to immediately respond to the requirements of a crisis or failure of terrestrial connections. A number of specific hardware and software features will be developed, typical user configurations built and a pilot network operated.

  • Broadband in the Sky

    A DVB-RCS platform with shared hub for multiple service providers.


    VERDI is a solution for the provision of broadband corporate services exploiting Virtual Reality environment for eLearning and eMarketing. The VERDI project aimed at delivering a comprehensive solution, demonstrating the added value brought to corporate applications and working on the improvement of both the cost-effectiveness of the service provision and the perceived quality of the service.

  • ECM-GR

    The project objective is to design an integrated service for civil protection departments which will be based on EO data, GIS technologies and satellite telecommunications. This project will act as a start-up for similar service provisions in the case of natural or man-made hazards or telemedicine applications.

  • Euromednet

    EUROMEDNET provides tele-medicine services co-ordinated by the Tele-medicine Operational Centre (TOC). The development of EuroMedNet is aimed to create: the physical facilities used to collect, distribute, store, process, and display voice, data and medical images; the applications and data engineering tools, methods, and processes to build and maintain the software that allows the Telemedicine Operations Centre and the Telemedicine Users Client to access and manipulate, organize clinical and medical information; the people and assets which provide the integrating design, management and operation of the EuroMedNet, develop the applications and services, and train others in EuroMedNet capabilities and use.

  • Hamlet

    The Hamlet Project provides for the full integration of different media's didactic-pedagogical possibilities, and for the creation of an open and flexible learning environment, which is characterised by a both synchronic and diachronic didactic strategy, and served by satellite communications integrated with terrestrial based Internet connection. The environments provided by the Hamlet platform will be: the Orientation Portal, the Videoteque, the Virtual Library, the Virtual Laboratory, and the Didactic Cyberspace. Videochat with the teacher-telematic tutor, face to face, discussion forums, e-mail and links will be supported.


    The STICK Project aims at providing broadband communications capabilities to the Public Protection and Disaster Relief sector. STICK will be a service that can be easily deployed by minimally trained operators, providing a mobile broadband shared network that can be simultaneously accessed by multiple users with multiple applications fully independent from public networks which may collapse when disaster strikes.


    The SCOUT (SkyWAN Carry-On User Terminal) is a system for satellite communications which includes an antenna, indoor-unit and outdoor-unit. SCOUT will provide data connectivity of SkyWAN networks to customers with high requirements regarding mobility.


    Cost-effective satellite communications by more efficient use of bandwidth is the goal of the IMPSAT project.

  • CollaBOD

    CollaBOD is an integrated Bandwidth-on-Demand management system developed to control satellite circuits in real time and fill a gap betwen users.

  • SkyNurse

    SkyNurse intends to develop an operating centre for the delivery of distance education and residential courses directed at nursing personnel in non- EU countries in order to employ the trained personnel in EU hospitals and health care centres. SkyNurse also aims to improve nursing practice throughout the EU developing standard distance learning models suitable for national and international use and preparing learning materials that will offer uniform education, cultivate a harmonious professional background and promote standardized nursing procedures. The project has been piloted with an actual group of nursing staff in Romania prior to their recruitment in the Italian healthcare system.

  • DISaV

    DISaV's objective is the design of a platform to deliver multimedia content to a distributed audience and to manage the whole content lifecycle. DISaV meets the requirements of the new advertising market allowing the distribution of rich multimedia messages (with videos, audios and images) to a wide territory. The added-value of the platform is the possibility of sending audio-video material and data to screens distributed throughout the territory so as to have a dynamic grouping of the reception points.


    The TESEO project is dedicated to realising a system of multimedia narrow casting via satellite. The different multimedia elements (video, audio, graphics and text) are distributed to receiving sites situated in different geographical areas and assembled to form a local information channel branded for the specific user group. In the pilot phase of TESEO, the channel is used by hotel facilities to realise a local information channel distributed via the analogue cable TV system into each room, providing the hotel's guests with geographically tailored information.

  • Wireless lbDN

    The Webraska project aims to develop and deploy innovative wireless real-time navigation services in Europe using two different satcom networks and terminals.


    The main purpose of the SAVSI project is to combine the aspects of several tested-and-affordable technologies in order to provide a centralised video surveillance service for locations where terrestrial DSL connections are not available. These technologies are IP video surveillance using MPEG compression, wireless local network and DVB-RCS broadband Internet connection. Two video-surveillance services are being developed: surveillance of sensible sites, either as a nominal surveillance capability or as a means of redundancy (high-risk sites classified as "Seveso" e.g. remote train crossings, hydroelectric dams, isolated ATM machines), and surveillance of large and remote areas (mountains, borders, jungles, volcanic areas) where several risks are present (fires, smuggling, rains, eruption, etc.).

  • ILSE

    The primary scope of activities to be undertaken within this project is service evaluation of a combined TDMA/DVB satellite network for Internet/Intranet services.

  • Fusion Studio

    The aim of the Fusion Studio project is to explore the creation and enablement of compelling and commercially attractive content for Multimedia TV.


    The objective of the Crocus project (CROss-CUltural Satellite services for immigrant communities in Europe) is to disseminate multimedia and interactive didactic units for first and second language learning and intercultural education via satellite to schools, cultural centres, libraries, training agencies and associations of immigrants.

  • MIST

    Through the MIST concept, isolated and mobile sites like ambulances and ferries can benefit from teleconsulting. The Wireless Sickbay element of the project developed, tested and implemented a telemedicine solution that can be fitted to a vessel (in this case the Marine Atlantic super ferry The Joseph and Clara Smallwood) to allow quick responses to medical problems from the RCST/IEMN network site in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. MIST was dedicated to the creation of a technology, application, and human systems model that can be custom fitted to a vessel to meet its specific requirements.


    The RTI-TVS project will be the first demonstrator enabling viewers to immerse themselves into an "Edutainment / Game TV Show" and to compete in teams with the physical protagonists of the show. The project intends to strengthen the use of advanced satellite communication technology and facilities using the new DVB-MHP iTV standard. An appropriate 2D/3D authoring and rendering application for "Edutainment / Game TV Shows" has been implemented using a background 2D/3D engine generator for virtual spaces.

  • HOST

    The HOST programme focused on the development of the Hellas Sat commercial offering in end-to-end satellite telecommunication services for supporting the delivery of bidirectional, broadband applications in Greece, the Balkans, SE Europe, and the Middle East. The project intends to trial end-to-end satellite telecommunication service provision to a variety of potential customers for applications and generic services in the area of e-Government, e-Business, e- Inclusion/Digital Divide.


    The ADMiNiSTRA project is addressed at developing an integrated communication system and associated applications allowing public institutions to receive as well as to transmit their multimedia contents - through satellite - towards their own end users/citizens. The result will be the setting up of a satellite network called "ADMiNiSTRA Business Television" dedicated to the Public Administration.


    The 21Net system enables Internet services on board high-speed trains. The system uses several communication technologies to access the internet: cellular, WiFi and satellite.


    TRACKS provides an extension of a GSM cellular network using satellite links in combination with a transportable Base Stations for developing countries and crisis management. A GSM micro switch is interfaced to the EADS Astrium telephone network (and thereby to the Public Switched Telephone Network) by the transportable VSAT terminal through the multiservices router functions.


    SENSIBLE (Satellite Enhanced Network System for flexIBLE bandwidth management) is a project aimed at the creation of a system to optimise the satellite bandwidth usage and, at the same time, to guarantee user's critical services such as VOIP, tele-conference, GSM, etc. The core of the system is the detection of the users´ active services and the dynamic bandwidth allocation to the terminals included in the same administrative domain.

  • Satellite Internet access for High Speed Trains

    This project is aimed at designing, implementing and validating a mobile VSAT system at Ku-band for providing passengers of high speed trains with broadband access to internet.

  • MoMoSat

    Development and prototyping of a map-based news group service for laptops and tablet PC's via VSAT networks and Wi-Fi local access.

  • SAET

    The main objective of the SAET project is to define an engineered satellite-based network architecture for the provision of multimedia services on-board European trains.

  • NextGen CAS for Sat Broad

    This study will determine the causes of the current problematic situation regarding Conditional Access Systems (CAS). It will detail how the lessons learnt should impact the development of new CAS for broadcast services.


    The key-objective of the project was to design and to develop a multifunctional "black box" that consists of an intelligent user terminal router and provides interfaces to multiple communication systems.


    PLANET2 aims at providing business and regional aviation with in-flight information updates on weather conditions and hazards, while contributing at the same time to the observation of the atmosphere thanks to in-situ measurements sent from the aircraft to the weather agencies.

  • Pacific Skies

    Pacific Skies is dedicated to defining, developing, implementing and piloting a premium internet access and corporate services product aimed at small/medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia and the Middle East. The service, branded IPsys Broadband, offers two way Internet Access for remote corporate sites and is retailed through ISPs and satellite service providers specialised in the corporate market. The network will support services typically demanded by corporate users, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) suitable for intranet and extranets.

  • Indigo Phase 2

    The Workflow and Broadcast Tools product allows broadcasters to improve efficiency and reduce costs by digitising content and providing a number of significant production benefits, before the transmission process.


    The IMSATV (Immersive Satellite TV) project intends to implement and deploy a precompetitive Satcom Application pilot service based on an enhanced / highly Immersive TV platform, for an extended range of TV programmes, and optimised for satellite bi-directional access. An advanced MHP immersive platform will be realised and advanced immersive TV content will be produced in order to run a pre-operational pilot.


    The Millennium Development Goals, together with the World Summit on the Information Society have paved the way to a number of Capacity Building projects related to ICT in developing countries. The goal of this project is to define and validate a reference model for CB projects using satellite communications (Satcom).


    The Peruse Project will develop a Wireless Personal Alarm (WPA) solution which will be carried by or worn on a person and allows the user to signal for help at the touch of a button. Upon activation of an SOS alarm, the WPA will be capable of transmitting a low power signal to a satellite communications handset, which will forward a message to an authorised number, including the identity of the person in distress, as well as their current location. The WPA will also have the potential to transmit the user's current state of health and local environmental parameters.


    The REACT project proposes to address the limitation of the current dependence on mobile technology by developing a hybrid solution for emergency services that intelligently combines the usage of mobile and satellite communication for the transmission of information. The system will be designed for use not only in rural areas where standard mobile communication may be limited or unavailable but also during a major crisis when standard networks are overloaded.


    The objectives of the project are the integration and trial of a communications system that exploits the unique features of two wireless technologies, namely DVB-RCS and terrestrial wireless 802.11x. The system is expected to be particularly relevant to some rural communities, which are suffering, when compared with urban communities, from a lack of broadband communications. The new system will provide a broadband system that is easy and quick to install. The system can be shared by end users making it cost effective.


    By focusing on how to optimally create the best user experience for communicating highest quality images over bandwidth-limited communications systems, BEATLES targets key challenges in Mobile Satellite communications in general, and new Alphasat opportunities based on BGAN and GSPS in particular.

  • COTV

    The COTV (Community TV Content Making) project aims at implementing a 'Community TV' where the TV viewers collaborate with TV producers for generating mixed 'user' and 'professional' content via TV blogs.


    The REACH project aims to create a cost effective, commercially viable, medical home care solution which will include videoconference, remote vital sign monitoring, and satellite telecommunications technologies applied to the field of Tele-Psychiatry. The project makes available a solution that meets the treatment needs of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in Canada and their patients/clients, determines whether the solution can substantially reduce the treatment costs of ACT teams by enabling the teams to substitute many "travel visits" by "virtual visits". The project aims to assess the solution by establishing a pilot project that treats 20 real patients.


    SATWAYS aims to install remote site controllers equipped with radio and telephony interfaces at isolated heliports countrywide. They will relay radio and telephony communications over satellite connections using IP as the transport protocol.

  • RCST

    The Remote Community Services Telecentre (RCST) is a satellite based, shared-use facility (telecentre) that is implemented in remote communities to provide telelearning, telehealth, small business and rural development, communications and information access services. RCST would become a shared resource for a community or region, a common point through which a variety of services should be concentrated for cost effective service delivery.

  • WGStargate

    The WGStargate Gateway developed in this project will enable Internet Access for public use and private enterprise communications combining Satcom with terrestrial technology such as UMTS/HSDPA/WIMAX/EvDo. The WGStargate system will enable cruise liners, public transportation vehicles, etc. to have high speed Internet access on the move and in remote places and to provide the Internet service to their clients through an intelligent bandwidth management algorithm that limits the bandwidth used by the clients and that assures bandwidth availability for enterprise communication at all times.


    The main benefit obtained with the SAGAN project is freeing the booking operator from deciding which are the best transmission plans to fulfil the user requests and obtain a good utilisation of satellites' resources. Thus, the human intervention will be reduced drastically and an improvement of the booking system will be achieved.

  • Trapeze

    The objective of the Trapeze project is to build a satellite tele-education service showcase for travelling people like those in bargee, circus or fairground communities. Due to their mobility, these communities do not have access to fixed communication lines. The satellite tele-education service showcase is intended to convince organisations in the EU involved in the education of travelling communities of the value of integrating such services into their existing teaching practices.


    Development and first pre-operational assessment of an Interactive TV suite of MHP applications to reward audiences of TV channels with extra contents. The core of EDIBS concept is to embed additional services within the digital transmission stream using the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standard for DVB set-top boxes (STB). By using common digital satellite transmission technologies, the TV- stations are enabled to offer additional Program services and new forms of embedded advertisement within a parallel program flow.

  • SADM G3

    G3 Solar Array Drive Mechanism project aims to capitalize successful qualification and heritage of Constellation, SpacebusTM and ATV SADM to develop a new product that meet competitiveness and technical objectives of the new SpacebusTM satellite range.

  • Next Generation Solar Array

    The next generation solar array (NGSA) under development by Airbus Defence and Space is based on a hybrid solar array concept consisting of a rigid backbone of Eurostar 3000 (E3000) type sandwich panels in combination with lightweight lateral panels.

  • Typhoon

    The Typhoon project has successfully designed, developed and tested an X-band (7/8GHz) Satellite-On-The-Move terminal incorporating a low profile antenna, and satellite trials have been successfully carried out over a representative range of tracks and terrains, both on and off road.

  • Alternative Bi-Prop Regulator

    The mechanical pressure regulators that are widely used on telecommunications platforms for Helium control suffer from significant drawbacks inherent to their design. An alternative method is an electronic bang-bang regulation.


    The focus of is on the development of compact dual band UHF-VHF antennas for use in maritime emergency situations. There are three main segments in this project: study/preliminary design, modelling and fabrication/test/ validation. The main challenge lies in managing the trade-off between compactness and electrical performance in hostile environments.


    The aim of the project is to develop and test a Phased Array Antenna Full Facet Prototype allowing the simultaneous reception of at least 4 Search And Rescue (SAR) signals relayed by the satellites in view.

  • High Accuracy Antenna Pointing System

    The study aims to identify the architecture and critical technologies required to fulfill the future demand in High Accuracy Antenna Pointing Systems to cope with highly demanding multimedia missions using very small beamwidth (up to 0.2 degrees).

  • ESA2QV

    Although the commercial satellite communication and broadcasting services have only recently expanded to the Ka-band, future applications, such as 3DTV, live video and video conferencing, require higher and higher data rates and therefore more bandwidth. The need for bandwidth can be satisfied by preparing the next generation satellites with the Q/V-band capability.

  • 300 Watt Ka-Band Isolator

    The aim of the project is the design, development, manufacturing and test of a Ka-Band high power isolator in WR51 waveguide technology capable to handle 350 Watt CW in both forward and failure modes.

  • SWAY4Edu

    SWAY4Edu aims to develop a satellite ICT solution to support three main activities in Africa, these being Rural Radios, Electoral eTraining and Space4Education. It is to be an open eTraining network for the Millennium Development Goals.

  • SASS@Sea

    The objective of the project is the development and validation of a system for the provisioning of an integrated maritime communications service.


    The TESHEALTH project is dedicated to developing, implementing, qualifying and validating a telemedicine system promoting the use of satellite communications aimed at reducing the impacts of chronic diseases, improving life styles and empowering citizens to adopt a healthier behaviour.

  • i-enquire

    The project, which is part of ESA's Newcomers initiative of the ARTES 3-4 Programme, is aimed at developing, integrating and validating a set of mobile applications onboard of vehicles such as cars, coaches and trucks, using the S-Band delivery platform of Solaris on the Eutelsat W2A satellite.


    The SFEDONA project aims to design, develop, validate and demonstrate a complete end-to-end fire detection and alerting application which makes use of state-of-the-art fire detection technologies based on terrestrial optical cameras and sensors, data fusion, satellite and wireless communications as well as modern IT technologies.

  • SatFinAfrica

    This is a pilot project to demonstrate the suitability of the Sat3Play platform, originally designed for the consumer and SoHo market, to provide reliable and secured financial services in remote and underserved areas in emerging countries in Africa.

  • SWOT of the Satellite Video Broadcasting Sector

    The satellite video broadcasting sector, the focus of this study, is part of an audiovisual market characterised by an increasing rate of change. New competitors are emerging including players from the telecoms, IT, Internet and consumer electronics sectors, and consumers’ consumption patterns are changing fast.


    The SATMODO project is aimed at the round-wood timber harvesting market, by facilitating "live" monitoring of harvest processes. To date, the availability of real-time or near real-time harvest process data has been limited, as the facility to send the data from remote harvest vehicles has been hampered by the lack of reliable data transmission technologies

  • RAPIDS Pastel

    The objective of this activity is to develop a Web-based propagation analysis tool to be used by industry designing satellite telecommunication systems for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint and using fixed or mobile user terminals, as well as by propagation experts.

  • Analysis of the VEGA launcher for telecommunication missions

    This study will investigate and define telecommunication missions exploiting recently developed and proven telecommunication payload and platform technologies that in combination with a compact launch vehicle, such as VEGA, can bring commercial advantages to the operators.

  • Analysis of the Vega launcher for telecommunication missions

    The purpose of the activity is to identify the nature and the characteristics of missions of telecommunication satellites that could be launched by current and future evolution of Vega launcher offering a commercial competitive advantage

  • Optical Inter-Board Interconnects for high Throughput on-Board processors

    This activity is concerned with the development, manufacturing and testing of an optical interconnect breadboard for high throughput on-board processors.

  • Minimux (Miniaturised Ku-Band Input)

    Ku-Band is the most widely used frequency band in the increasing field of satellite communications. In every satellite transponder, the input multiplexer (IMUX) is a crucial component. Therefore there is a justified demand for the development of IMUXes beyond the present state of the art. The technology of choice is dielectric technology due to its small size, low losses and temperature compensation.

  • Jotron B70: Stabilized platform on ship

    The project has developed three stabilised maritime VSAT antenna platforms with dish diameters of 60cm (Jotron B60 for Ka-Band) and 85cm (Jotron B85Ku for Ku-band and Jotron B85Ka for Ka-band)

  • Innovative Building Blocks for Electric Thruster Power Supplies

    The objective of this projects is to develop innovative building blocks for QinetiQ T5 thruster power supplies (PPU) to target cost reduction by the use of new technologies. The final outcome is an EM model (IBB EM) representative from electrical point of view for the main interfaces.

  • Dual Mode and Electric Propulsion System Study

    OHB has performed in the framework of Artes5.1 the so-called “Dual Mode with Electric Propulsion System Study”. The term Dual Mode refers to a propulsion system concept, which is based on Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen as oxidizer and Hydrazine as fuel

  • Cryptographic processor for control of telecom processing payloads

    The study scope includes the security risk analysis of the payload control and configuration (PCC) links for telecommunications satellite payloads and the conceptualization, design and demonstration of a generic cryptographic processor comprising the space segment of a security system for the protection of the data on such links.

  • Measurement and assessment of second order statistics of Ka band SatCom systems in tropical regions

    Countries located in tropical climates are particularly interested in satellite communication systems because they can compensate the lack of terrestrial infrastructures and they can reduce costs and time for deployment of a broadband network

  • ASTRO APS Star Tracker Qualification

    The objective of the project is the qualification of the ASTRO APS such as to obtain a new, highly reliable, up-to-date star tracker based on the Active Pixel Sensor (APS) technology.

  • Enhanced Dual FSA Assembly

    In response to the high number of Dual FSA requested to us in the last years, AIRBUS DS have developed a new standard product to improve the performances of the current product, but also to save cost and planning time.

  • ACTiFE - Advanced Antenna Concepts for Aircraft in Flight Entertainment Connected Array Antenna Demonstrator

    A 16x16 dual polarized 10.7-14.5 GHz connected antenna array together with supporting test equipment is designed, built and tested, which can be applied for satellite communication systems.

  • Large Deployable Ultra-Light Reflector for Ka-Band applications

    The contract covers the development of a Ka-Band Modular Reflector in order to answer to the increase of telecommunication satellites offering high-speed communication.

  • SBGM QM1

    SBGM is the acronym for Sealed Brush Gear Motor and the mechanism is mainly dedicated as in orbit motion control and actuation for solar array panels, but can also be used for other applications where a robust, simple and space qualified actuator is required.

  • Alternative Bonding Method for Thermal Insulation Multi-Layer Foil

    This study has been initiated to develop a new concept for grounding of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) foils and to discover if there are good and reliable alternatives to the current state of the art technologies.

  • Techniques and technologies for ultra high throughput multi-spot beam networks

    he study identified and looked at the trade-off techniques at the ground segment for different scenarios offering broadband GEO satellite services to fixed stations targeting near terabit per second capacity by the 2020 timeframe.

  • Advanced front end RF units based on non hermetic packaging

    The objective is to design, manufacture and test a Ka/IF EM Down-Converter based on a Non hermetic packaging and reduce the weight and the size of RF/IF section, LO section, TM/TC section, DC/DC section by using new devices and technologies or by considering new architectures.

  • PLASMA (‘Platform for Advanced SAT-AIS Maritime Applications’)

    This project covers the specification, design, implementation and pre-operational demonstration of a ‘Platform for Advanced SAT-AIS Maritime Applications’ (PLASMA) at the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult facility in Harwell.

  • Multi-Gigahertz Optical Modulator of Very Low RF Driving Power

    This activity is concerned with the evaluation of optical modulator technologies and products and the development, manufacturing and testing of an optical modulator with improved performances for applications in photonic sub-systems of future satellite payloads.

  • Advanced Modem Prototype for Interactive Satellite Terminals

    Design and demonstrate a protocol for VSAT communication with significantly higher performance for the return link than achievable with DVB-RCS (ETSI EN 301 790).

  • EOCD

    The objective of the project has been to finalize the development and perform the validation of a pulse command output driver, EOCD. The ASIC will primarily be used in on board computers and data handling systems.

  • APEXX: Algorithms for Pre-distortion and Equalization of tX and rX terminals - Multicarrier digital equalization/predistortion

    Satellite communication data traffic rates are growing. In the scope of obtaining higher data rates, the increase of the spectral efficiency and the use of higher bandwidth is mandatory. Future systems will also implement multi-carrier operation.

  • MUDSAT, DTN for M2M for Satellite Applications

    The study is related to Delay-/Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. It investigates potential DTN/M2M and other DTN use-cases and their applicability for satellite communication scenarios.

  • IP LNB

    The project developed a Sat-IF to IP system for DBS.

  • Reconfigurable Applications Demonstration Equipment (RADE)

    The ability to perform radio functions in the software domain enables cheaper, more reliable and highly flexible systems to be developed. This is important in the space segment, where the expected life of the equipment is long and the ability to configure and upgrade the radio to implement additional features and requirements after deployment is highly desirable. The more of the design that can be made “soft”, the greater the ability to re-use technology and capitalise on previous investment.

  • Active Antenna thermal dissipation management

    The objectives are: To design, manufacture and test a thermal control device able to evacuate a high power generated by a compact active antenna Breadboard (4 kW) made of 97 Direct Radiating Arrays (DRA) dummies. To demonstrate that the Mechanically Pumped Loop (MPL) complies with the specification of high power rejection and a very low gradient between all radiative elements. To show that a very dissipative Active Antenna can be thermally controlled with high accuracy.

  • S-Band High Power Reconfigurable Front-End Demonstrator

    To design and test a High-power S-Band Front End demonstrator for reconfigurable communication payloads

  • Definition of Propagation Elements for System Design of Broadband Satellite Systems in Ka and Q/V Band

    This projects aims to review and develop channel models, data and tools tailored for the design of High-Capacity Flexible Broadband Satellite Systems operating (Q/V and Ka Band) with a major focus on future system at Q/V Band.

  • SoftWear Antennas

    SoftWear Antennas is a product development project, which will result in a wearable antenna product family. Patria has already completed two ESA funded ARTES 5.1 projects, successfully demonstrating that fully textile, wearable antennas are extremely versatile and therefore feasible for different user applications.

  • Dual polarised high power Ka-Band feed

    The objective of the project is to design, manufacture and test an Engineering Model of a dual polarised high power Ka-Band feed.

  • Advanced Modem Prototype for Interactive Satellite Terminals

    The project aims to develop a laboratory test-bed including a modem prototype (terminal and hub sides) implementing some innovative physical and MAC layer algorithms/techniques suitable to enhance the performance of broadband interactive satellite terminals implementing the DVB-RCS standard.

  • Temperature Compensation Techniques for Waveguide Filters, Manifolds and Multiplexers - Tesat

    The project objective is to develop a temperature compensation technique for both high power OMUXs and manifolds at Ka-band.

  • HYDRA Star Tracker for Telecom

    The HYDRA TELECOM product is a variant of the already developed and qualified HYDRA baseline product, optimized to address the GEO telecommunication platforms market.

  • Air-ground Router for ATM Safety Communication

    The main objective of this project is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of an ATN/IPS air-ground router as the interface between EATMN and the ground earth station.ecific design and architecture is required for the AGR when compared to commercial off-the-shelf products.

  • SatNEx III

    The work of the Satellite Communication Network of Excellence (SatNEx) initially supported by the European Union (EU) is continuing with support from ESA´s TIA Directorate through the Advanced Research in Telecommuncations Programme (ARTES) and the Technical Directorate Network of Centers programmes. Due to this shift in support, the name of the group has changed slightly to the Satellite Communication Network of Experts.

  • Integration and Trial of an Ad-hoc Terrestrial Component into Global Satellite Communications Systems

    The overall objective of the proposed work is to develop an ad-hoc radio network product which is integrated into a satellite system for the purpose of emergency service use, disaster recovery and Government security applications. It can also be used for commercial application in mineral extraction and oil and gas industries to improve safety, efficiency and to aid the rescue of personnel following incidents and accidents.

  • Contactless Angular Sensors for Telecom Satellites Long Lifetime Mechanisms

    This project studied the technological solutions available in the market for the potential implementation of a contact-less angular sensor for European telecommunication satellites applications. It identified the past problems with rotary sensors, the desired industry specifications and the expected market for the close to medium future.

  • Moulding Techniques for Telecommunications Antenna Reflectors

    The mould is a significant element in determining the shape accuracy and surface finish of the cured CFRP reflectors. The work to be performed in the frame of this project is to define a new tooling method, curing procedures and if necessary material selection for antenna reflectors.

  • Cost Reduction Program for Solar Cell Manufacturing Processes

    The project covers the transfer of a new 30%-class triple junction solar cell from development status to production technology. AZUR SPACE evaluates and optimizes all solar cell materials, processes and equipment with regard to cost savings, simultaneously improving performance, quality and reproducibility.

  • Multiple Feeds per Beam Feed System

    The proposed feed system aims to create a four colour multi spot beam Ka-band scenario using only one reflector to transmit and one to receive. Thanks to the saving of two large reflectors compared to a single feed per beam approach, the new feed system also allows to realise mixed missions on large space crafts.

  • Data at the Edge (DATE)

    Altobridge´s 3G lite-site (DATE) solution offers bandwidth hungry 3G services to remote communities. The current 2.5G altoPod provides 2TRX capacity which is capable of voice and GPRS/EDGE. The 3G lite-site is a natural evolution of the solution into 3G technology.

  • EPC Medium Power 3G

    This project encompasses the design, development and qualification of the third generation of the Thales Alenia Space ETCA´s Electronic Power Conditioner dedicated to supply and control the Traveling Wave Tube that constitutes the Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier for Repeaters involved in large quantity in the Telecommunication Payloads.

  • SkyWAN® Release 7.2

    In the scope of the project SkyWAN® Release 7.2 several new features were provided: extended site redundancy options, added comfort for site installations, Chinese User Interface for SkyNMS, and integration with the SWE-DISH CCT portable user terminal

  • Wideband-DSP System

    SIECAMS Wide Bandwidth Digital Signal Processing is planned to be a high-bandwidth, low cost signal analyzer front-end for the monitoring system SIECAMS which is used for analyzing and monitoring traffic transmitted via communication satellites.

  • Generic Test Interface System - GTIS

    The primary objective of the GTIS is to provide a means to test next generation complex multi-spot beam payloads. The ever increasing numbers of uplink and downlinks requires greater interfaces and the GTIS looks to provide a non-flight interface which will efficiently test these complex architectures and reduce testing times.

  • Terminal for Small Satellite LEO Application (TESLA)

    The TESLA project targets the development of an OPTEL‑µ Engineering Model of the space terminal and a prototype of the ground terminal. The main parameters were established together with ESA in the preceding START study.

  • DC/DC Converter for Input Section Equipment

    The objective of the current activity is to develop a DC/DC converter to be integrated as part of MIER active equipment for reception.

  • Demonstration Model of a Reflectarray for Telecommunication Antenna

    Thales Alenia Space and its partners have designed, manufactured and tested a 1.3 m reflectarray antenna that produces a dual polarised contoured beam in Ku band.

  • Modular Design of Telecommunication Satellites (MDTS)

    The objective of the study has been to brainstorm potential communication satellite standardized modules and to derive a solution which allows to save manpower and costs for non-recurring and recurring satellite design. It also aimed to shorten the AIT process, giving an estimation of the relative high non-recurring costs for the design and prototyping of the standardised modules.

  • Development of a Generic Payload Control System

    The Payload Control System in the Ground Segment is the necessary other half of the Satellite system to be able to fully control the Next Generation Integrated Processors as fitted to Alphasat and for future spacecraft.

  • Optical Technologies for Ultra-fast Processing

    The project objective is to design, manufacture and test a representative end-to-end breadboard of an optical switch. The aim is to demonstrate ultra-fast and high-throughput switching at sub nanosecond time level with the potential for scalability.

  • RF Optical Components for DBS

    The project has developed integrated laser and detector components suitable for as transmitters and receivers in DBS distribution systems based on optical fibre technology.

  • Coarse InfraRed Earth Sensor IRES-C

    The objective of this project was the definition of the requirements and the design of a Low Cost Coarse Earth Sensor, suitable for use both in GEO telecoms and for LEO missions of Earth Observation and constellations. An Engineering Model for GEO applications has been manufactured, assembled and tested.

  • Electromagnetic Interference Caused by Plasma Plumes (EPCOMSIM)

    The EPCOMSIM study was carried out to quantitatively assess the impact of plasma plumes generated by common ion thrusters (SPT-100, PPS-1350, HEMP-T) on the RF comlink of a geostationary telecommunications satellite.

  • Network Acceleration Client and Linux 2.6 HW/SW platform for optimal satellite-based communications

    When integrated in the Pioneer range of baseband systems both the NAC and Linux 2.6 KlasRouter provide additional features in a smaller package when compared with competitors.

  • Mechanical Platform Improvement Plan

    The subject of this contract was the improvement of the Mechanical Platform product for the Astrium telecommunication satellite product, Eurostar 3000.

  • Bandpass Filter with In Orbit Reconfigurable Bandwidth

    This project aims at the development of a on-board tunable channel filter in Ku-Band, which is the first step for the development of such reconfigurable IMUX devices.

  • EMAGS3: Flash-Over evaluation on large solar panels

    During this project, an experimental campaign was conducted in order to understand the characteristics of the so-called flash-over phenomenon. Therefore, a real solar panel has been tested in a large vacuum chamber under representative conditions.

  • Large Optical MEMS Switches Architectures for Broadband Applications

    This project addresses medium port count (50x50) OXC for satellite based telecom applications. The task was to develop a fully reconfigurable low drift switch without feedback loop at the demonstrator level.

  • Ka Band High performance Reflectors for Broadband Services

    The Ka band high performance reflectors activity was aimed to provide evolution from the standard C / Ku reflectors to Ka band ones in order to implement them on the first commercial Ka Mission awarded to CASA, Eutelsat: Ka Sat Satellite.

  • Robust Control Techniques for Large Satellites with Demanding Pointing Performances

    The project aims at improving the overall pointing performance and robustness with respect to uncertainties of large telecom platforms with highly flexible appendages and demanding pointing payloads.

  • Active Charging Compensator System

    A new device for the mitigation and control of negative spacecraft charging phenomena has been developed at Thales Alenia Space in Italy. The instrument is based on a very low weight and power consuming cathode, emitting electrons in a diode configuration.

  • MENOS: Multimedia Exchange Network Over Satellite

    The objective of the ESA MENOS project was to develop a coherent end-to-end IP network for multimedia exchange over satellite.

  • VGSE - Versatile Ground Segment Equipment for End-to-End System Validation and Optimisation

    The VGSE is a generic flexible wide-band waveform and traffic generator/analyser for end-to-end system validation and optimisation. The VGSE supports CW, modulated only and DVBS2/RCS(2) carriers for a bandwidths of up to 500MHz.

  • High Voltage Module Improvement

    The objective of this contract was to study the possible improvements in terms of materials, mass, cost and voltage required for the future development of the next generation of the high voltage modules of the EPC.

  • Content Creator Platform for Satellite Broadband

    This project aims to develop a new technology that allows non-technical personnel create, deploy, browse and download applications for interactive TVs or regular TVs connected to set-top boxes.

  • Payload On-Board self calibration techniques

    The Activity aimed at demonstrating the feasibility and assessing the performance of on-board calibration sub-systems for advanced Ku-band and Ka-band communication payload architectures using active/semi-active antennas and/or Multi Port Amplifiers.

  • Eurostar 3000 AOCS Mk 1.5 Evolution

    The AOCS Mk1.5 Evolution is the first step of Eurostar 3000 design to a full-STR AOCS.

  • EUROSTAR E3000 Large Mechanical Platform Development

    The project is to develop two large variants of the mechanical platform of the EADS Astrium Eurostar 3000 telecommunications spacecraft, designated as E3000LX and E3000L.

  • Jotron B120C Combined Ku/Ka-band antenna

    The project will investigate the feasibility of designing and manufacturing a combined Ku/Ka-Band maritime VSAT antenna.

  • Low Cost Anti Interference Techniques for SATCOM commercial Satellites

    Typically Commercial Communication Satellites (COMSATCOM) are not protected against unintentional and intentional (jamming) interferences. Also with the development of new services and applications (in the commercial but also institutional and governmental domain) it is of essence to continue to guarantee a high level Quality-of-Service (QoS) to the customers.

  • Ka Ingenious Space Solutions (KISS) - 25/17 GHz Communications Down-Converter

    The project aims to develop a stand-alone Down-Converter dedicated to new RF spectrum allocation for Broadcasting Space Systems in 25 and 17 GHz in order to present competitive products in this emerging market.

  • Physical-statistical models for mobile satellite communication systems below 10 GHz (PhyStat)

    The objective of the study was to develop several Land Mobile Satellite channel propagation models which can cover land-mobile satellite, aeronautical and maritime environments, and which are intended to be used for system design and/or air-interface performance optimisation for frequencies below 10 GHz.

  • Feasibility Study for End-to-End Integrated Intelligent Managed Services

    The Feasibility Study addresses an innovative approach to providing an end to end service management capability at low cost (as compared to existing systems of today) for a hybrid terrestrial-space communications scenario.

  • Inkjet-Printed Circuit Board Technology for User Terminal Antennas

    The aim of this activity is to develop inkjet-printed circuit board (iPCB) technology.

  • Satellite Communication Ground Segment Industry Survey

    The study is carrying out a survey of the Satellite Communication Ground Segment Industry including its market characteristics and value chains and looking in particular at the European and Canadian industry players, their competitive position and the issues affecting this.

  • Innovative GNSS Receiver for Space Applications

    The purpose of this project was to develop a new generation of a compact GPS receiver family (dual or single frequency) able to deal with new civil L2CS GPS signal.

  • Analysis and Definition of the Satellite System Operations Project Team: “OPERA”

    Iris is the programme to develop a new Air-Ground communication system for Air Traffic Management as the satellite-based communication solution for the SESAR programme. Phase 1 is completed. Phase 2 (2.1 during 2009-17 and 2.2 during 2014-2017), includes the present study and concerns the design and development of the new satellite communication standard. Approval of Iris Phase 2.2 is conditional to the Agency having negotiated an agreement with a satellite operator and/or a satellite service provider for provision of the safety communication service to aviation. This study is an enabler for such negotiations to be initiated.

  • High Voltage Insulation Technology

    The continuing push to higher TWTA power levels and EPC voltages, respectively in combination with higher efficiency and lower mass and volume is currently limited by known insulation technology.

  • NetCaster

    NetCaster will provide a solution for customers looking for multi-party conferencing over the Alphasat and Inmarat-4 satellites with low capital investment and control over operational costs.

  • Development of C/Ku Beacons

    The Beacon programme covers the design, development and qualification of two beacon products, one operating at C band frequencies and the other at Ku band frequencies.

  • NXY

    The NXY project was supported by ESA and undertaken by Avanti Communications to implement a content distribution solution over the satellite to end users using multicasting in order to lower the total bandwidth consumption from the operator´s perspective as well as give users the chance to consume VOD / IPTV kind of services without increasing the user´s bandwidth consumption.

  • SatCom4Mar

    It is expected that commercial and statutory maritime communications will experience major changes during the next two decades.

  • Development of Dual Frequency Ku-Band Beacons

    The dual beacon programme covers the design, development and qualification of a switchable dual frequency beacon product, following up on the previous development of single frequency beacons.

  • Multi-frequency terminal antennas based on Artificial Magnetic Conductors

    The overall project objective is to advance the European State-of-the-Art in multi-frequency mobile user terminal antenna technology. The specific objective is to demonstrate by design, manufacture and test the viability of Artificial Magnetic Conductor technology for multi-frequency mobile user terminal antennas.

  • Thermal Enhancement for Down-converters

    The RF Converters market has recently significantly evolved: new programs show a great step in terms of linearity performances which induce higher heat dissipation. Requests for proposal (RFP) and programs have convinced THALES ALENIA SPACE to analyze the feasibility of "Thermal Enhancement".

  • DVB-S2/RCS Mobile Broadband Verification Test-Bed

    The project activity consists of developing a laboratory test-bed capable of emulating in real time a complete satcom system. The system implements the DVB-S2/RCS mobile specifications, applicable to both LOS and NLOS conditions and for both aggregate and not-aggregate types of traffic.


    The project investigated the design and implementation of Multi-Port Amplifiers that would operate at Ku or Ka-bands.

  • Deployable Gossamer Sail for Deorbiting

    This project involves the analysis, design and manufacturing of a deployable gossamer sail for satellite de-orbiting. It will address the growing concern of orbital debris and space debris mitigation by providing a low-cost reliable solution to providers of future space equipment.

  • MIMOSA: Characterisation of the MIMO Channel for Mobile Satellite Systems

    The goal of the MIMOSA project is to develop a propagation channel model including a software simulator implementation for satellite MIMO channels valid for L to C-bands taking satellite and polarisation diversity into account.

  • Alphasat Ground and User Segment and Applications

  • Next-Generation Telecommunication Payloads based on Photonic Technologies

    With this study the benefits coming from the application of photonic technologies on the channelization section of a Telecom P/L have been investigated and identified.

  • Contribution of the European Telecommunication Satellite Industry to Global Sustainable Development (SUSSAT)

    This project aims to provide a holistic assessment of the contribution of the Satcom industry to global sustainable development, considering economical, societal and environmental aspects.

  • LodeStar

    In this project Newtec will enhance its AZ111 product with a larger set of features so that it can be used in more applications, including contribution, primary distribution (in addition to pure DTH) and generic applications.

  • Modular Top Floor Antenna

    In response to the high demand of antenna farms to be mounted in the spacecraft top floors, EADS CASA Espacio is carrying out a new development to increment its portfolio in this type of structures

  • IP Security over Satellite - IABG

    The objectives of this study are to determine how existing security technologies can be used for satellite networks, to assess their advantages and disadvantages, to consider the costs of these technologies and to recommend architectures for their deployment.

  • Standardization Support of Enhanced IETF IP Encapsulation Techniques for DVB-S: IABG

    The main objectives of this project is to investigate a number of issues which are related to the transport of IP (IPv4 / IPv6) over DVB networks, support ongoing research activities on these topics and to implement one of the currently proposed drafts of the IP-over-DVB community.

  • Development of the Receiver Module for SMP

    Development of an EM Switch Module as part of a SMP concept intended to support a wide variety of telecoms and science missions using the next generation of deep sub-micron digital processing technology.

  • φSAT: The Role of Satellite in Future Internet Services

    The φSAT project aims to study and assess the potential role of SatCom with respect to the Future Internet (FI) networking research trends at the EU and global level, and to investigate the technical feasibility and business viability of the integration of SatCom with terrestrial FI networks.

  • Generic Flexible Payload

    The Generic Flexible Payload programme covers the design, development and qualification of new generic and flexible equipment and payload designs.

  • Benefit Analysis of Integration of MSS in Terrestrial Mobile Networks

    The project objective is to optimise the role of satellites in support of terrestrial mobile networks and hence to maximise the likelihood of take-up of an integrated mobile satellite system.

  • SMP Switch

    This project is concerned with the development of an EQM Switch Module as part of a SMP concept intended to support a wide variety of telecoms and science missions using the next generation of deep sub-micron digital processing technology.

  • Interoperability of Satellite and Alternative Broadband Access Technologies

    The principal objective of the proposed work is the evaluation/analysis of emerging and evolving terrestrial broadband last-mile access technologies.

  • Alternative approach to designing and analysing reliability for low-cost telecom missions

    The scope of this study is to propose an alternative to currently used reliability prediction methods in the European Space Industry compliant with ESA PA approach and requirements (ECSS-Q standards) for the design, development and analysis of space systems in general and low cost telecommunication satellites in particular.

  • Security in broadband satellite systems for commercial and institutional applications

    In the project technical issues have been identified relating to the deployment of VPN solutions in a network based on a broadband satellite system. Appropriate solutions for these issues have been assessed and validated via functional tests as well as performance measurements and the results have been illustrated.

  • IP Security Demonstrator

    The main objective of this project is the procurement, integration, configuration, test and delivery of testbed demonstrating IP security over satellite.

  • Preparation for IPv6 in Satellite Communications: IABG

    The key objective of this project is clearly the investigation of the influence of an introduction of the new Internet Protocol IPv6 on today's satellite communication.

  • KosmoMed

    The KosmoMed project aims to develop a series of innovative Telemedicine products and services using satellite telecommunication technology in order to improve the quality of healthcare interventions and sustain the growth of the telemedicine sector.

  • Alphasat: The First Alphabus Satellite

    The primary objective of ESA under the Alphasat Programme is to facilitate an early first flight, and in-orbit validation of the Alphabus platform, currently under development with industry.

  • VES180SA life tests with PPS

    The aim of the activity is to manufacture two 3P modules with VES180SA-Alternate cells (LF3) and then perform one accelerated life-test under Astrium conditions and another one under TAS conditions.

  • Development of an open-source, modular and flexible satellite network simulator

    This project aims to develop a highly flexible and modular SNS on top of an open-source simulator to be distributed to industrial and academic organizations for use in future ESA activities.

  • Transmit Reconfigurable Multibeam Antenna

    The project is aimed at developing a Ka-Band transmit antenna concept able to handle a high number of beams with flexibility-oriented capabilities such us power allocation, null fixing or beam hopping.

  • JANUS Bi-Band Maritime Antenna System

    JANUS Phase 1 study is aimed to verify a well set of needs and a baseline design for the antenna system that TeS intend to offer to the market of broad band satellite communications services and that shall be able to operate either in Ka- or in Ku-band according to user and service operators agreement.

  • YouDo

    This project seeks to achieve two general goals. Firstly, to demonstrate the simplification for standard fixed satellite installations, resulting in cost savings for an installer company and ultimately in a self-aligning antenna system fit for self-installation by the end user. Secondly, to remove cost barriers for a wide range of applications by implementing a low-cost, vendor-independent and self-aligning antenna system.

  • Lift Off

    The Lift Off project is identifying and implementing a solution based on the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) of the IP traffic on the KA-SAT network, to enable a “flat” profile offering for applications such as Web browsing and email in a market context (Satellite Broadband) where such an offering does not currently exist.

  • Quartz Oscillator Developments

    The previous ARTES 5.2 phase of this project developed four types of quartz crystal oscillator for the space market, with improved performance compared to existing products: an ultra-stable oscillator based on an existing Airbus product; a smaller, cheaper OCXO; a TCXO; and a new VCXO product. An EM of each oscillator was completed and this phase of the programme developed an EQM model of each oscillator type that was fully tested to space qualification.

  • Ka-band LNA Redundancy Switches

    The intention of the proposed development is to design, develop, manufacture and market a ferrite based LNA redundancy switch capability which is European sourced, non ITAR, and with guaranteed future supply.


    The project aims to design, develop and industrialise a Payload Interface Unit (PLIU), which is the equipment that acts as an interface between the satellite central computer and the telecommunication payload for all types of TM/TC lines as well as heater interfaces.

  • PLIU

    The project concerns the development and qualification of two modules of the Payload Distribution and/or Interface Units. This development will increase the range of potential Platforms that can implement this unit and will avoid problems with export restrictions (ITAR free design).

  • SATCOM Rail (Specification of a Certification Framework for SATCOM in Railway Safety Applications)

    The SATCOM rail project addresses the specification of a framework for the introduction and authorisation of Satellite Communications in support of railway safety and liability critical applications and services.

  • Software Standards Analysis for the Iris programme

    This project will evaluate the standards currently proposed used for the software development in the Iris programme, in addition to comparing them and defining a best-practise and methods for applying the standards.

  • Software Tool for the Design of High-Gain, Multi-frequency Reflector Antennas - with Exact Coupling Between Feed Horn and Surroundings

    A new software tool for the RF design of high-gain reflector antennas is being developed. It targets rotationally symmetric reflector systems that cannot be accurately and/or efficiently modelled with existing tools.

  • High Capacity Flexible Broadband Satellite Systems

    This study investigates a wide range of techniques and technologies for Ka band (and possibly Q/V bands) for providing higher capacity, more flexible next generation satellite broadband systems.

  • Disruptive Technologies for Sub-Systems of GEO Telecommunication Satellite Platforms

    The aim of this project is to identify disruptive technologies for the space sector or Disruptive Space Technologies that could be integrated within platforms of geostationary telecommunication satellites in the next 10 years.

  • K band Power Dividers

    The objective of this program is to design and qualify power dividers for space application in the Ku and K band.

  • Demonstration of a closed loop H2/O2 fuel cell system

    The aim of the project is to design, build and perform a breadboard demonstration of a closed loop regenerative H2/O2 fuel cell system corresponding to 15 years of a telecom satellite in orbit.

  • Invisible Posts for Antennas Systems (ISAS)

    The overall objective of this activity was to define and assess novel methods for DGR intercostal posts that minimize the impact on the RF-path i.e. mitigate the reflection, diffraction and blockage induced by them.

  • Plastic Liners for Pressure Tanks

    In this project a proof-of concept composite tank using a non-metallic liner was developed and demonstrated with an engineering model. The verification of design and materials was done analytically by FE analysis and experimentally by testing.

  • INCAS - Innovative Contactless Angular Sensor

    The aim of the INCAS project is to develop a fully redundant EM Innovative Contactless Angular Sensor to be embarked on TLC satellites, also including suitable signal conditioning electronics.

  • Apogee Engine Valve Development

    The aim of this program was to develop a product which will be suitable for use with mono-propellant thrusters with thrust levels of up to 200N (ex: Ariane 5 SCA thruster valves) and bi-propellant thrusters up to 650N (ex: LEROS engine range).

  • FBAR/SAW for S-band and C-band filters

    The main objectives of the FBAR (Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator) activity are to establish technologies, manufacturing processes and design methods for filters utilizing FBAR resonators.


    UBISAT uses micro cell and satellite technology to dramatically reduce the capital expenditure required to deploy cellular coverage to remote areas.

  • ADaptive Antenna for Telecommunication Links

    This study addresses the request to investigate antenna architectures able to shield a single selectable transponder channel of 36 MHz by the modification of an existing payload for broadcasting coverage application.

  • Low Cost Single Channel 30/20 GHz Downconverter

    The aim of this project is to design, manufacture and test an EM of a low cost single channel downconverter from 30 to 20 GHz.


    The FENICE project aims at developing an innovative, enhanced AIS receiver able to improve significantly the low probability of detection of AIS messages from a LEO satellite. The FENICE product is designed and developed on the base of the excellent results coming from the ESA AIS System Study (in which CGS and CNIT are involved for the space segment and AIS receiver design). The FENICE development provides a complete evaluation about the proposed AIS receiver complexity and performances.

  • Fast Test Techniques For Active Multibeam Multimedia Antennas

    The main objectives of the project consist of developing new solutions in terms of test techniques, instrumentation and methods in order to overcome the three critical difficulties facing the space industry for the testing of multi-beam antennas.

  • Media Fleet Manager MFM 2.1, 2.2 & 2.3

    The objective of this project is to develop the introduced and well-proven Media Fleet Manager software to support the needs of service providers and large broadcasters.

  • PCDU for Satcom Constellation

    The project aims to design, develop and qualify a PDCU for Satcom Constellation, essentially for the small satellites market.

  • Compact Converter

    The objective of the Compact Converters Programme is to complement and to further strengthen RSE´s generation of converter and receiver products.

  • Mobility Testing Environment for ATM safety communications

    The main objective of the present project is the design and development of a Mobility Testing Environment (MTE) for the validation and verification of an Air-Ground Router (AGR).

  • Passive Correlation Ranging (PaCoRa)

    The project involves the analysis, design, implementation and validation of a fully passive and highly accurate ranging system for geostationary satellites.

  • Implementation of Cloud-based Wireless-To-Go™

    The intention of this project was to move the centralized functionality of our Wireless-To-Go™ pre-pay platform into the Cloud, in order to be able to support local ISPs offering pre-pay Internet services to their customers.

  • High Performance C-/Ka-Band Coaxial Circulators

    The project objective is to develop circulators and isolators with coaxial interface for various frequency bands from C-band downlink to Ka-band downlink.

  • AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)

    Taking advantage of the upgrading of the Spacecraft Computer Unit (SCU) towards a more optimized architecture, EADS Astrium is currently designing and developing a new security function for the Telecommand (TC) link between the Ground and Space segments.

  • SCU MK2

    In order to avoid the issue of parts obsolescence, the development of a new version (SCU MK2) is crucial. An objective is to benefit from this mandatory evolution and introduce upgrades consistent with the overall Eurostar evolutions driven by competitiveness and customer needs.

  • Standardisation of Lateral Antennae Accomodation for Spacebus 4000C

    The objective is to increase competitiveness by the standardization of East / West satellite sides including accommodation standardization of C and Ku-Band antennas meeting stringent customer needs.

  • DTH Receiver with Small Aperture Antenna

    This project will develop a new type of Low Noise Block (LNB) receiver, a so called Multi-Input Element Low Noise Block MLNB, which can replace a conventional LNB. This new MLNB allows signal reception with a small antenna where otherwise a larger dish would be needed with a conventional LNB.

  • Aging Effects Modelling for the New Generation of GaAs/Ge Cells

    The first phase of this project is to validate the experimental means and the degradation behaviours under irradiation of triple-junction and component cells developed by Azur. The second main phase is devoted to the realization of the tests and the exploitation of the data.

  • Emulator for an ETSI BSM-Compliant SI-SAP Interface

    This proposal provides a basis for the study and the design of an Emulator for an ETSI BSM-Compliant SI-SAP Interface. The work will be based on an existing simulator of Satellite Dependent layers (DVB-RCS/S2), available at DLR. The partners will implement the required modifications in it, and will develop new modules, in order to enable the real-time emulation of a DVB-RCS/S2 network with an SI-SAP-compliant access interface.

  • 3-way Isolation Valve (3IV)

    The project objective is to develop a Three-way Isolation Valve (3IV) for satellite propulsion systems. The valve will connect the propellant tanks, the thruster branches and the fill and drain valve. It will also be possible to totally isolate each branch from the other two.

  • Active Pixel Sensor based Star Tracker

    The objective of Galileo Avionica is to develop and test an elegant breadboard of an Active Pixel Sensor (APS) based star sensor, and to analyse the competitiveness of these sensors against existing CCD based star sensors.

  • Development of Ge-based Substrates enabling High Voltage Integrated Multi-Junction Modules

    The overall aim of this activity is the development of thin Ge-based substrates for the fabrication of high-voltage integrated multi-junction solar cell modules.

  • Alphabus: An Extended European Capability

    With the Alphabus product line, European Industry extends its telecommunication satellite range significantly beyond the capabilities of the existing platforms, such as Eurostar 3000 and Spacebus 4000, both with respect to maximum payload power and mass.


    The objective of the RESKUE project is to design and implement a prototype of a novel antenna for a portable satellite user terminal for provision of high data rates via a GEO satellite in Ku-band. The satellite terminal has to be easy to transport without a vehicle and easy to deploy.

  • High Data Rate 8-PSK Modulator

    For future flight applications it is essential to demonstrate the maturity of a design by building up an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) and to perform a complete qualification test campaign. This is also true for the High Data Rate 8-PSK Modulator and can be considered the main objective of this project.

  • Strategy For Introducing Innovation In Satcom Commercial Scenarios And Experimental Payloads Definitions

    The objective of this study is to determine if and how ESA can play a significant role in In-Orbit-Validation to help filling the gap in important technology innovations in the market place.

  • Anti-Reflection Coated Cover Glasses

    This project aims to produce a space-qualified coated cover glass for telecoms use. Cover glasses are routinely used to protect photovoltaic cells from the space radiation environment, which prolongs the life of the spacecraft. Cover glasses also provide a performance enhancement, allowing optimal efficiency of the solar array.

  • Eurostar 3000 100V Accommodation

    The project objective was to perform the system accommodation of some of the electrical & power units developed in the frame of the Alphabus program within the Eurostar platform.

  • STYLIST - SW Tool for HYbrid SateLlite / TerrestrIal mobile BroadcaSting SysTem

    The project goal was to build a methodology and a software tool able to analyze the system performances of next generation S (or L) -band mobile satellite hybrid networks.

  • Enhanced Local Oscillator for Frequency Converters

    The objective of the current activity is to develop a Local Oscillator with enhanced phase noise performance to be integrated as part of MIER frequency converters.

  • TERASAT - Approaching the terabit/s satellite: a system study

    Based on system, technologies, techniques analysis and trade-offs, the study aims to identify and assess the introduction of disruptive technologies in the space segment of SatComs, addressing internet broadband access services within the 2020 time horizon.

  • Approaching the Terabit/s Satellite: A system study

    The study will provide a comprehensive analysis of techniques and technologies at system level with focus on space segment so as to meet user expectations by the 2020 time frame while minimising the satellite resource unit costs.

  • High Temperature Loop Heat Pipe (HTLHP)

    The HTLHP project addresses the potential increase in the operational and non-operational temperature limit for spacecraft electronics in the near future, which demand heat transfer devices that are able to operate up to 125º C.

  • Optimisation of NS, EW Station Keeping Manoeuvres for Geo Satellites Using Electric Propulsion

    The objective of the study was to develop a design & analysis tool to optimise full electric station-keeping, bringing thus the EP-based station-keeping strategies from TRL 2-3 to TRL 4-5.

  • NEXA for HDRM

    The NEXA is a non-explosive low shock actuator for hold down and release mechanisms.

  • UNISAT (Uniform Management and Control of DVB-RCS Terminals)

    The UNISAT project aims to adapt the current Integrasys Satmotion-Pocket commercial product to the Satlabs Harmonised Monitoring and Control recommendations.

  • SIMPLE - Satellite Interactive Multimedia Platform for Low-cost Earth-stations

    The SIMPLE project is about a Satellite Interactive Multimedia Platform for Low-cost Earth-stations.

  • South West Broadband Initiative

    Test, demonstration and evaluation of two-way satellite IP networks for rural communities with Wi-Fi local access in South West Ireland.


    The TASMANIA applications platform provides the content industry with a B2B centralised administration to organise, execute, control and account for music (or other digital content) track delivery from release by Record Companies to certified receipt & handover to online music Digital Service Providers (DSP). The service also supports the obligations record companies have with their Artists by tracking consumer purchases and producing an audit trail for Royalty statements. The application takes full advantage of satellite communications benefits in terms of large-scale content dissemination, economics, flexible bandwidthon- demand allocation and a low data rate return path to satisfy users on the key concern of security and certified acknowledgement backchannel retransmissions.

  • Satcom Market Monitoring II

    The initial phase of research of the Satcom Market Monitoring project completed in September 2008 identified some potential trends in the evolution of the satellite communication market, the industry structure and the roles of the actors. The objective of this project is to examine how the situation has evolved since that work was completed and whether the trends identified are occurring or whether there is evidence of alternative trends.


    The DEDICATION project aims to develop ground-segment products compliant with the new DVB-S2 standard and turn such equipment into proper commercial products.

  • S@Commerce

    S@Commerce intends to generate revenue streams from the intelligent use of existing digital satellite TV broadcasting channels to home viewers who are also PC home users. The S@Commerce applications platform transmits a catalogue to the end users through the satellite TV channel on the PC via an 'off-line' connection. S@Commerce in fact delivers and stores the catalogue and its functionality in a local environment, allowing the customer to access the information any time. As the available satellite capacity is large enough to transfer large amounts of data, the Service Provider can offer innovative multimedia assets and e-advertising.

  • Down and Up Converter Module

    The objective of this project is to design, develop and test a two-channel Down- and Up- Converter Module for an on-board processor.

  • Cost-Effective GSM over DVB-RCS, New Bands, Industrialisation and Pre-Production

    The project extends an E-GSM-900 low cost, low power 1TRX GSM radio and bandwidth efficient “GSM over IP over DVB-RCS” integration for low opex GSM backhaul into GSM-850, DCS-1900 and PCS-1800 bands. The product family is also provided with CE marking and the production line is established through pre-production.

  • Circular OMT for complete C-Band (TX: 3.625 - 4.200GHz; RX: 5.850 - 6.425 GHz)

    The goal was to develop a new concept for C-Band OMT capable of covering the complete TX and RX bands in dual circular polarization. The design is suited for new generation of platforms with high power capability and increasing number of channels.

  • Very High Power S-Band

    The objective is to develop a new travelling wave tube with an output power of 500W. The output power is double that of today´s products. Key issues are the higher dissipation power and to have as big a margin as possible for multipaction in the output section.

  • Qualification of a new generation C Band input multiplexer

    The aim of the project was to qualify a new generation of C Band input multiplexers for communication payloads in a monomode solution with better performances (Q, ELFD) and lower cost than the previous available in-house technical solution.

  • Alphasat - Payload Calibration Units

    Two different payload calibration units (PCUs) were developed; one that takes VHF RF inputs called the Return (RTN) unit and a second one that takes L-band RF inputs called the Forward (FWD) unit.

  • Half-Height Satellite-on-the-Move Antenna System

    The objective of the project is to design and build a breadboard antenna system to investigate a Ku band antenna solution for Satellite On The Move (SOTM) Applications.

  • On Ground Beam Forming Network and Multiuser Detection Proof of Concept

    This project aims at designing, developing and testing a Proof-of-Concept Test-Bed of an On-Ground Beam-Forming and Multi User Detection system to demonstrate the feasibility of such technology for space telecommunication application.

  • Analysis and Definition of the Satellite System Operations Project Team Hermes

    The study interfaces with the Iris Phase B Design study (ANTARES) and aims to ensure the suitability of the ANTARES design for operations. One of its main objectives is also to produce a PPP proposal for Phase 2.2 of the Iris Programme to support the deployment of the subset of the satellite system infrastructure required for validation activities between mid 2014 and end 2015.

  • European Roadmap for Flexible Payloads

    This study investigates technical solutions that will increase the flexibility of telecommunications payloads with specific focus on C/Ku and Ka-band multi-beam architectures.


    The HERMES project aims at implementing pilot operations both in Tele-Medicine and in Tele-Education, using asymmetrical Internet via satellite and dedicated hardware / software platforms. The network basic architecture used to implement and develop this project is based on the Iperspace Platform for telemedicine and Evolv-e for Distance Learning, both offered by Telespazio as part of its IP via satellite service portfolio.

  • SIRIO- study for the Satellite air-ground Interface with Reliable and Interoperable Operations

    The SIRIO study aims at delivering a feasibility analysis of a Satellite Communication services operations and provision scheme for ATM, in terms of complexity, risks and financial benefits for Satellite-Based Aeronautical actors involved. Ultimately, the study identifies an optimised Service Provision Scheme, demonstrating its technical, social and financial benefits.

  • Susceptibility of Solar Arrays to Micrometeorite Impact

    A comprehensive investigation has been undertaken to study the effects that hypervelocity impact of micrometeoroids may have on GEO solar generators, in particular, whether and under which conditions permanent short-circuits may be induced by impact-generated plasma at the impact location.

  • Miniaturized MWR for SatCom Ground Stations

    This project aims to design and develop the prototype of a miniaturised microwave radiometer to be used as a channel assessment instrument in the ground segment of Satellite Communications systems and in SatCom propagation campaigns.

  • Full GaAs Solar Array for Spacebus

    As part of the global roadmap and development logic to implement GaAs Solar Arrays on the overall Spacebus™ 4000C range, this project covers the establishment of the full design and justification file of a 4-panels wing (CDR level) and its qualification for next Spacebus™ application programs (PFM wing qualification).

  • Geographical Information System for Satellite Payload Operation (SCM-GIS)

    This activity aims to clarify the conditions necessary for the development of a software module which offers the possibility for communication satellite payload operation to correlate spatial information from the ground segment with the space segment.

  • BEST - Beam Switching Transmit-Receive Mobile User Terminal Antenna

    The main objective of the activity was to study and demonstrate new architectures for low-cost mobile terminal antennas suitable for linearly polarized satellite links. Two scenarios were identified, one for a transmit-only (Tx), and another for a receive-only (Rx) antenna.

  • ISIDE 4 Africa

    The ISIDE 4 Africa (I4A) project is an extension of the ISIDE project. I4A focuses on the provision of educational content and Internet access to African primary and professional high schools and to health and cultural centres. In a nutshell, I4A aims at providing a one-stop-solution for the collection, organization, delivery and use of digital educational contents based on the ISIDE platform/service.

  • Low Cost Hybrid Terminal Triple Play Solution

    The aim of the project is to develop a low cost end-to-end solution for satellite based triple-play services. The platform uses existing infrastructure to enable TV, telephone and IP communication. Satellites are used for downlink communication and different terrestrial media are used for the return traffic.


    The PLANET service aims at providing means for aviation to get in-flight information updates on weather conditions and hazards, while contributing at the same time to the observation of the atmosphere thanks to in situ measurements (e.g. pressure, temperature and wind) sent from the aircraft to the weather agencies. Besides, the system targets in-flight reporting of dangerous encountered weather conditions via the delivery of digital PIREPs (pilot reports) to other aircrafts, and other non-meteorological services such as in-flight messaging or tracking. Business, Regional aircrafts and General Aviation (i.e. small aircrafts) represent in order of importance the main commercial targets of the PLANET service. The main objective of this ARTES 3-4 Applications (Newcomers) project is to develop a prototype of the PLANET service with a representative sub-set of in situ-sensors and weather products to efficiently demonstrate the solution to potential users of General Aviation (i.e. small aircrafts).

  • The Changing Regulatory and Evolutionary Environment and its impact on the Satellite Communication Business

    This project supports ESA in light of a changing regulatory and technically evolutionary environment in defending the needs of the satellite communication community to maintain future availability and growth potential of the frequency spectrum needed for the provision of satellite communication and broadcasting services.

  • High Power Compact Ku Band OMUX

    This activity endeavours to leverage the prior development of a compact Ku Band filter into a complete multiplexer concept. Of particular interest is the design optimisation of the filter to minimize multiplexer footprint while maintaining or improving power handling and RF performance.

  • Propagation Effects For Mobile Multimedia Services

    The aim of his project was to characterize the narrowband and wideband land mobile satellite and railroad radio channel at Ku/Ka band for mobile multimedia services including multipath and rain fading effects.

  • The L*IP Satellite Gateway

    The L*IP Satellite System is a communication product hand-tailored for the Internet Protocol and its real time and non-real time applications. Video, voice and data applications can be supported via this network.

  • Standardisation support of enhanced IETF IP encapsulation techniques for DVB-S: Joanneum Research

    The project has developed a new IP over DVB encapsulation to provide Internet services over DVB broadcast networks. The current common encapsulation, Multiprotocol Encapsulation (MPE), while providing basic services, adds non-necessary overhead to the IP packet while not fully supporting the IP requirements for next generation networks. Amongst those is the support to the IP version 6 (IPv6) packets, dynamic address resolution and quality of service.

  • Service Quality Assessment for Ka-Band Satellite Personal Communications

    The objective of this activity is to carry out a comprehensive measurement campaign at Ka-band in quasi-mobile conditions.

  • Spread Spectrum TTC Transponder for Commercial Commuication Geostationary Satellites (SCOUT)

    The objective of this Project was to design, develop and manufacture a bread board model in order to verify the performances of a TT&C Transponder implementing the ETSI standard EN 301 926.

  • Hybrid Electro-optic ADC/DAC Module With Optical Interconnects

    This project by Patria Systems focuses to integrate state-of-the-art AD-converter (2 Gsps) and optical transmitters into a single Hybrid Device.

  • ACROSS - Applicability of Cognitive Radio (CR) to Satellite Systems

    The goal of the project is to study the applicability of Cognitive Radio (CR) technology to satellite communications networks.

  • SAT-AIS Private Public Partnership (PPP) Scheme - Telespazio

    The study is focused on the assessment of possible PPP schemes for the development, deployment and operation of the SAT-AIS infrastructure and/or provision of the SAT-AIS data and services, analysing the feasibility of a SAT-AIS implementation as a PPP in terms of complexity, risks and financial benefits for Satellite-Based Maritime Services actors.

  • SAT-AIS Private Public Partnership (PPP) Scheme - exactEarth

    In this study exactEarth will assess and propose a possible Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme for the development/deployment and operation of the satellite based Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS) infrastructure and provision of the SAT-AIS data and services to the institutional and commercial/private users.

  • SAT-AIS Private Public Partnership (PPP) Scheme - Astrium

    This project seeks to elaborate possible public private partnership schemes for a future Satellite AIS service.

  • SAT-AIS Private Public Partnership (PPP) Scheme - SES

    This project seeks to elaborate possible public private partnership schemes for a future Satellite AIS service.

  • COSTARS: low COst S-band receive/Transmit Antenna for vehiculaR applicationS

    The aim of the project was to develop two antenna products, namely a Receive/Transmit and a Receive only antenna. The antennas need to cope with the hybrid satellite and terrestrial environment of DVB-SH architecture and need to be designed according to automotive market constraints, which means that low cost, and highly integrated antenna units will be designed, tested and industrialized within the present project.

  • IP Security over Satellite - Vega Group

    The objective of the study is the identification of security technologies and architectures that can ensure the secure delivery of corporate content over IP satellite networks.

  • Espresso for Schools

    The Espresso for schools project has demonstrated that satellite is a viable and highly costeffective delivery system for high-bandwidth, video-rich applications, which enhance curriculum delivery in the classroom of primary schools in the UK. During the pilot operation Espresso has set up and run a complete endto- end solution, including the active participation of two hundred UK schools from fifteen UK Local Education Authorities (LEAs).

  • SES Astra/Redu Space Services EDRS phase 0 study

    The project targets the definition of an ESA DRS mission. From a technical standpoint, the project contributes to identifying and consolidating the requirements of an efficient EDRS solution which includes suitable payloads and frequency bands. From a business standpoint, the project intends to identify the various business and governance options that may exist for providing DRS services to institutional and commercial customers.


    SATMODE is a programme to develop a low-cost, end-to-end satellite return system for interactive TV that enables individual viewers to connect with the content providers.

  • Very Low Cost Satellite Interactive Services - SES-Astra

  • Investigation of Advanced Satellite Applications Adapted to Development Needs in Insular and Mountainous Countries

    The aim of the project is to establish the specific needs of Greece, Balkans and South East European/Mediterranean countries in advanced broadcasting and telecommunication applications/services, and to identify how these could be efficiently served by satellite communications.

  • Sat3Play

    The scope of the Sat3Play project is to develop a satellite 2-way multimedia platform for the provisioning of triple play. Triple play is the bundling of consumer fixed voice, broadband Internet and TV services from the same service provider.

  • YouCache

    The objective of youCache is to realise an idea born nearly ten years ago: SIMPLE ('Satellite interactive Multimedia Platform for Low-cost Earth-stations'). SIMPLE aims to develop a satellite based multicast web caching system where repetitious content is cached and served to the users without latency, saving costly satellite bandwidth.

  • Transport Layer Optimization for Dynamic Bandwidth Satellite Networks

    The aim of the project is to implement the next-generation performance-enhancing gateway, optimized for broadband multi-media communications over satellites.

  • SchoolSat

    SchoolSat is providing fast access to the Internet for schools in rural Ireland using satellite technology. SchoolSat is aimed to set up, manage and evaluate a pre-operational satellite based service for compulsory schools in Ireland. It has as a clear objective and expected outcome: the establishment of a business and deployment plan for a fully operational and sustainable service for the Irish compulsory school sector based on a strategic mix of unicast and multicast services.

  • HEO for ATM

    The overall objective of the HEO for ATM Study is the analysis of satellite communications system options focused on the provisioning of Air Traffic Communication services dedicated mainly to helicopter and small aircraft traffic on the north and polar routes of scheduled and non-scheduled flights.

  • Sat3Play ACM Ka-Ku

    This study project prepares the groundwork for the development of a second generation Sat3Play system. The project includes the definition and design of the following features: Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) in forward and return, Network Management System (NMS) improvement and Ka-ready Indoor Unit (IDU).

  • e-regSAT

    e-regSAT provides a satellite based multimedia environment for regional information, in particular for e-government. The service portfolio includes regional communication, dissemination of institutional information, distance learning, internal communication and best practise support to Public Administrations.

  • CME - Channel Measurement Equipment

    The goal of the project is the development of a channel measurement equipment useful for characterisation of the mobile channel for satellite based systems including hybrid systems with complementary ground components, verification of the QoS during the system deployment and verification of the antenna subsystem of new receivers.

  • LyngBox

    The aim of this project is to develop an easy-to-use satellite receiver. It will be able to continuously update itself from data published on the internet, thus providing satellite television viewers with a straightforward, complete, and updated solution for all of their viewing needs.

  • TelAny

    Telemedicine Anywhere (TelAny) project covers emergency and on-field telemedicine scenarios in extreme cases: monitoring of patients directly accessing life signals using devices implanted in their bodies (scenario A, with five heart patients fitted with pacemakers), emergency on board ships in Norway (scenario B), and data collection in a large database accessed by consulting specialists (scenario C).


    The objectives of the INSPIRE project are to validate the assumptions behind, and the results arising from, the initiatives addressing the Digital Divide, to evaluate the effectiveness of DVB-RCS in combination with wireless 802.11b/g equipment to deliver cost effective broadband Internet services to residential and business users located in nonmetropolitan areas, and to validate the commercial assumptions underpinning the business case for next generation satellites foreseen to provide dedicated capacity for broadband services.

  • Feasibility Study for a Common Test Bed for DVB-RCS Terminals

    A Common Test House for DVB-RCST compliance and interoperability testing.

  • Payload Simulation Tool for Complex RF-Front-End Architectures

    The main objectives of the project is to develop a detailed simulation tool for complex RF payload front-ends within a system simulator.

  • Agile Payload Components

    The aim of the project is the design, development and qualification of critical units that allow for the introduction of agility and flexibility features in payload architectures.

  • Forsway S2

    The objective of this project is to develop a Satellite modem for Internet access in rural areas using DVB-S2 technology. The product is intended to complement existing ADSL terrestrial based solutions. Where it is too expensive and /or too time consuming to get a terrestrial infrastructure for broadband, the Forsway modem offers a cost effective, easy to use solution to access the Internet based on satellite DVBS2 distribution associated with a multi-standard terrestrial return link.

  • SAGA - Satellite Advanced Global Architecture

    SAGA capitalizes on previous studies in the frame of Public Safety satellite communication capability to assess the potential interest of a future programme, in line with the 6th Space Council and the ESDP expectations.

  • TMO - Total Multimission Operations

    The outcome of the TMO project will be an enhanced hifly® product able to support two of the most demanded platforms on the market, OSC STAR-2 and Boeing 702. On top of this, hifly® and focusSuite will be re-engineered to in-corporate new technology and advanced features to increase their competitiveness in the market.

  • AziSat

    The project scope is to develop the Azimuth (satellite modems, data and frequency converters and redundancy switches) and the Elevation (targeting IP applications) product lines. In the first phase, the existing product portfolio is renewed, targeting the different market segments with dedicated products.

  • COTV - HbbTV & HTML5 enhanced Community TV

    Following a successful initial implementation of the COTV environment during the 2008 - 2010 period, a 15 months extension of the COTV project has been awarded. This extension will enable the COTV environment to comply with the recently emerged HbbTV / CE-HTML / HTML5 market driven standards, as well as to cope with the strategic evolution of the broadcasters needs based on the rich feedback received during the original project pilot phase.

  • Study Proposal for a UHF Transceiver

    Study Proposal for a UHF Transceiver Concept providing Telemetry-, Telecommand- and Data-Transmission for Low Earth Orbiting Satellites.

  • TNO Coarse Sun Sensor using European cells

    The project objective is the development and qualification of a Coarse Sun Sensor (CSS). It will be suitable for the Attitude and Orbit Control Subsystem of telecom-satellite platforms for multi-media applications such as the Spacebus-4000 platform.

  • Study of methods for assessing the public value of satcom in a spectrum trading environment

    Recent spectrum auctions indicate that the commercial market value of spectrum today is often driven by terrestrial mobile systems. This leads to a frequent requirement for the satellite communication industry to defend its spectrum. Satellite systems could compete more fairly in such a spectrum trading environment if the relative public value of different satellite communication systems and services were considered.

  • Use of Lower Cost Technology for next generation Telecommunications Spacecrafts

    The study aims to examine new ways of approaching the innovation-heritage-risk equation in order to ensure Europe remains competitive with emerging platform providers abroad. It also identifies cost reduction possibilities for the next generation of GEO telecoms missions.

  • GMP-T Programme: Development of a cost efficient power system

    The objective of the ARTES 3-4 development is to design, manufacture and qualify an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) of SSTL GMP-T power subsystem. This high power, low mass and low cost power system is targeted to address the Small GEO Satellite market with up to 6kW power capability.

  • Evolution Management station OBP - eNCC

    The proposed activity aims to implement a new release of evolved Network Control Centre (eNCC) as the evolution of the current NCC. This new eNCC should be developed to enable interoperability with several Operating Systems and hardware, preventing the obsolescence of them.

  • MiLADY - Mobile satellite channeL with Angle DiversitY

    The project objectives are to study the characteristics of fading from satellite systems using angle diversity (spatial diversity) for different reception scenarios and to develop a suitable channel model.

  • Interworking in the Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) for Future Aeronautical Data Communication System

    In the context of aeronautical air-ground mobile data communications, the project is concerned with the development of network functions which enable interworking between legacy ATN/OSI and future ATN/IPS networks.

  • Broadband Mediterranean Development (BB-MED)

    The objective of BB-MED is to implement a satellite broadband service as an efficient first step for the deployment of broadband internet in the underserved regions of the UfM.

  • COSAT: The role of satellite in converged fixed/mobile/broadcast environment

    One of the main objectives of this project is to investigate seamless video delivery to the end user across different access technologies. It also aims to maintain the integrity and wherever applicable, adapt and enrich the quality of the video media across the whole distribution chain.

  • Multimedia Terrestrial Infrastructure / Services Evolution and the Role of Satellites

    The focus of the study is on identifying areas where satellite communications can complement and integrate with terrestrial networks to provide enhanced and efficient multimedia services to end users, avoiding head-on competition in markets where terrestrial services have the upper hand.

  • Development of an Antenna Control Unit

    The HITEC Antenna Control Unit (ACU) project aims at developing a Step Track and a Monopulse capable ACU version, based on HITEC´s existing Program Track ACU. The ACU provides the user interface in a Ground Station antenna by communicating with the antenna control system and calculating the correct aiming of the antenna, based on different types of information (e.g. TLE, signal strength).

  • MIMO HW Demonstrator

    This project will study and evaluate the applicability of MIMO techniques to satellite communications with the key application as DVB-SH. The work has been divided into 2 phases, where the 1st phase focuses on the study and develops a SW simulation environment to evaluate the performance of the selected MIMO techniques.

  • CONT-TRAK: Container Tracking Terminal Development

    The CONT-TRAK project aims to provide a unique, low-cost solution to make container shipping more efficient and enhance trade security. It will ensure continuous container monitoring and tracking from the point of origin, by truck, rail or ship (buried in a stacked environment) to the final destination. A suite of sensors within the container will ensure immediate satcom notification of any tampering, thus enhancing the safety and security of container transportation.

  • SPEED - Satellite system for Public SafEty & sEcurity Domains

    The study objectives focused on the feasibility, definition and size of an integrated mobile system dedicated to European Public Safety and Security operations. A hybrid system, composed of satellite, CGC and PMR segments is envisaged to meet the end-users´ requirements.

  • Evolution of On-Board Processing Applications

    This study aims to identify architectural remedies using the emerging technologies that allow generic OBP designs which can be re-programmed in-orbit for more efficient and flexible operation.

  • NICOLE: Next Generation Interactive Broadcast Mobile Networks

    The study will explore new air interface techniques and supporting payload/ground segment solutions for providing more cost effective broadcast/interactive services in the near future. The main emphasis is on validating the merits of the new promising solutions being proposed, such as MIMO, interference cancellation, on-ground beamforming, hybrid satellite /terrestrial coverage.

  • Cost Benefit analysis for “non-safety” satellite based aeronautical services

    he main objective and scope of the study is to assess the commercial and technical feasibility of a number of non-safety (i.e. APC and AAC) aeronautical communication solutions and business models in order to identify the commercial viability and technical feasibility of current and emerging connectivity solutions for the Air Transport, Business Aviation and Government market segments.

  • ArctiCOM

    The scope of the project is to do an assessment of demands for and offers of communication services in the Arctic region in the 2015-2020 time frame. The assessment will include a number of market sectors such as shipping, mining, oil and gas exploration, fisheries and others, and geostationary and non-geostationary satellite communication systems as well as terrestrial communication systems.

  • DENISE: Demonstrator Emergency aNd Interactive S-band sErvices

    The DENISE project aims at designing and demonstrating, both via laboratory tests and field trials using W2A satellite, a suitable S-band interactive system capable of efficiently using the available bandwidth (15 MHz in both uplink and downlink for each of the two licensed European S-band operators).

  • Low Cost 30GHz SSPA Development

    The objective of the project is to design, prototype and manufacture a pre-production batch of two types of Ka-Band SSPA modules, to be integrated in future broadband multimedia satellite user terminals.

  • BGAN Extension Phase 2

    The objectives of this project are to design, develop, test and trial new service extensions to BGAN to provide efficient delivery of IP-multicast traffic to mobile users via the Inmarsat-4 satellites.

  • Eurostar Central Tube 3000LX Central Tube Structure

    The objective of the project is to develop a new Central Tube for Eurostar 3000 LX using EADS CASA Espacio's advanced manufacturing technology. The concept employs the fibre placement technique to manufacture in a single piece a monolithic carbon fibre cone-cylinder shell.

  • Next Generation Telecommunication Payloads Based on Active Array

    This project is aimed to study several transmit active array antenna concepts, both in Ku and Ka band, with the capability to address several missions with one competitive antenna in terms of performance and cost.

  • SkyWAN® 1070Q

    In the project the SkyWAN® IDU 1070´s IP and management functions are extended. Of the overall four IP/LAN ports, one provides integrated PEP functionality, including VPN with IPsec, TCP acceleration and HTTP prefetching. Also, a dedicated management port is introduced, with DHCP/DNS capability. Furthermore, the management of the new functions is included in the SkyNMS® network management system.


    The objective of this project is the development and validation of a solution for the support and enhancement of IT applications, with a focus on Citrix® respectively virtualized applications via a SkyWAN network.

  • Feasibility Study of a Mobile Ku-band System

    A study on cost-effective solutions, how to track those satellites in inclined orbits to extend the commercial exploitation of satellites which are close to or even beyond their design life.

  • SkyNMS - Extensions

    The project develops extensions to the SkyNMS network management system, used to support configuration, line-up and operation of VSAT networks based on the SkyWAN® product family.

  • SkyNMS - Umbrella Network Management System

    kyNMS merges NMS applications used to configure and operate VSAT meshed networks with those required to manage DVB-RCS star networks.

  • SkyNMS-NPT

    The project will develop engineering and planning tools for VSAT networks based on the SkyWAN® product family. The objectives are to support: topology and connectivity modeling, traffic modeling and carrier sizing, TDMA network planning, link budget with automatic footprint disadvantage calculation, transmission power control calculation and overall model analysis and consistency checks.

  • Radio Frequency Transmitter for Multimedia Ground Terminals

    Cost effective high performance Radio Frequency Transmitters (RFT) for Multimedia Ground Terminals.

  • SkyWAN Next Generation

    SkyWAN NG incorporates the new Turbo phi modem from the HEAT programme into the new SkyWAN IDU 7000 and updates SkyWAN with the latest available modem technology.

  • Media Fleet Manager

    The objective of this project is the development of the "Media Fleet Manager", a system for the booking and managing of DVB-S / DVB-S2 transmissions for fix or mobile TV-uplink stations.

  • SkyWAN® Secure

    The project develops extensions to the SkyWAN® network, used to protect the network, ensure integrity of user and management data and safe operation.

  • S-Band Receiver Chipset

    The primary goal of the S-Band Receiver Chipset project is the development of a fully standard compliant DVB-SH Demodulator and the DT4500, a test signal generator for all configurations available in the DVB-SH standard.

  • 10N Thruster Qualification for Eurostar

    The scope of the 10N Thruster Qualification activities is the new qualification of Astrium's 10N Bi-propellant thruster Type S10-21 in view of a remarkably extended number of pulses for Eurostar 3000 satellite platforms (required 921.303 pulses compared to previously qualified 497.668 pulses).

  • Improved Control Strategy For Geo Power Busses

    The objective of the activity is to analyse and apply innovative power bus control schemes for geostationary missions.

  • Ku Band High Power Feed Chain

    The goal of the project is to develop and qualify an innovative high-power Ku-band feed chain at EQM level.

  • Interplanetary Communication ACTION 1: Requirements Analysis

    This activity will collect the requirements for interplanetary communication systems to support space exploration activities. It will take into account input from concept studies of future missions (e.g. Mars Sample Return), as well as from studies on the medium- and long-term programmatic planning such as the ?Analysis of space-based services architecture for the European space exploration?.

  • Advanced Mobile Payload Equipment

    This project aims to support European space industry in regional and global mobile satellite systems which require new payload equipment, such as large antennas and beam forming networks.

  • GPS-AODS Demonstrator

    Demonstration of an integrated AODS based on the MosaicGNSS receiver with the AGGA-2 and complemented by star sensors and optional gyros for multimedia applications.

  • E3000 Second Generation Solar Array

    The overall objective of the EUROSTAR 3000 Second Generation Solar Array development is to come to an electrically and mechanically qualified and standardized solar array design.

  • Ku-Band Reconfigurable Antennas for Next Generation Satellite Systems

    This project has facilitated a detailed design trade-off of two alternative antenna architectures to meet next generation missions in Ku band where coverage reconfigurability will be required. In both cases the technology limitations of analogue beamforming have been shown to be prohibitively complex and a need for high power, fast digital processing has been shown to be the only practical way to proceed.

  • Cell Inspection Criteria based on Electroluminescence (CIEL)

    The aim of the CIEL project was to study experimentally on a large sample basis the evolution of cracks in TJ cells under simulated loads as well as their associated end of life electrical impact.

  • Next Generation Processor

    The aim of the project is to provide a generic solution to a very wide range of mission opportunities, minimising technical risk for flight programmes and providing a reliable delivery schedule.

  • 745 Litres Propellant Tank for EUROSTAR 3000

    The objective of this project is to define the characteristics and requirements for a 745 litres propellant tank "EUROSTAR 3000" containing the necessary tasks concerning the delta development tasks, the manufacturing and the delta qualification of the enlarged tank.

  • Wideband Multi-port Power Amplifier (WMPA)

    The objectives of the project are to develop wideband SSPAs for operation at L and S-band, and to also develop a new generation of MPA architecture offering operation at S-band to allow a wider bandwidth as anticipated for future applications.

  • System Design of Future Communications Satellites using High Temperature Superconductors

    This study assessed the System Design Of Future Communications Satellites Using High Temperature Superconductors.

  • Modular Payload Demonstrator (MPD)

    The objective of the project by Eads Astrium is to develop a means of mounting a number of matrix power amplifiers (MPAs) into a common mechanical and thermal assembly with the overall aim of saving mass, losses and cost.

  • MMHT Phase 2

    The project objective is to develop a new type of equipment called Agile Integrated Downconverter Assembly (AIDA). This equipment will support the next generation of flexible payloads developed by EADS Astrium.

  • SatMax - Ku-band Tx/Rx Antennas for Mobile Broadband Satellite Communications

    The objective of the SatMax project is to develop a low-profile hybrid mechanical-electronic steerable antenna allowing bi-directional high speed IP connectivity on board Light Jets through Ku-band SatCom systems.

  • Waveguide for S-Band TWTs

    The objective of the project was to develop a WR 340 ¼ height waveguide interface for standard high power S-Band travelling wave tubes (TWTs) with one design for conduction cooled as well as for radiation cooled TWTs.


    The objective of the AVISAT mission is to propose a satellite communication system to SESAR, compatible with mandatory ICAO provisions, which will ultimately be included in the SESAR ATM Master Plan.

  • Increased On-Orbit Autonomy of Large Platforms using Accelerometers

    In the frame of the development of the Alphabus telecommunication platform, a system study is carried out to explore one way of increasing the spacecraft autonomy in orbit.

  • Planning the Next Generation of Broadcasting Satellites

    The study permitted a complete understanding of the broadcasting new market trends and services needs

  • Advanced Electrical Architecture

    The project aim is to improve the electrical architecture of the Eurostar 3000 platform. This involves studying the benefit of a decentralized TM/TC architecture of the communication module. improving the design and performances of the power distribution function and reducing the schedule and non recurring costs of the harness definition and manufacturing.

  • UHF Broadcasting Satellite Regulatory Study

    The project aims to perform the necessary studies to secure the allocation to BSS (Broadcasting Satellite Service) in the UHF band (620-790 MHz) in the ITU Radio Regulations.

  • Protocols and Signalling for Adaptive Fade Mitigation Techniques (FMT) in DVB-RCS Multi-beam Systems: EADS Astrium

    The project aims to study adaptive Fade Mitigation Techniques for future broadband satellite systems, in order to more efficiently compensate for fading and interference, and achieve a higher efficiency with respect to actual systems. This analysis will be performed in the frame of DVB-RCS multi-beam systems operating in Ka-band.


    The project aims to study 2 types of development scenario in the Mobile Satellite Service market: - Early Entry missions - Geo-Mobile network evolutions

  • Phoenix

    The objective of the ARTES-10 Phoenix study is to define and assess a technical communication standard based on the existing AMSS protocols for satisfying the requirements of Air Traffic Communication services. The design shall be able to support the technical and operational requirements at the least possible cost for the airspace users and can be operated by a certified CSP.

  • Astrium Services EDRS phase 0 study

    Astrium Services (ASV), a company dedicated to the development and promotion of satellite services, has been awarded a Phase 0 contract by ESA for a study related to the development of a European Data Relay Service (DRS) capability.

  • Multimedia Satellite Equipment (Li-Ion Battery for Geo Satellites)

    The objective of the project is the development and qualification of the Li-Ion battery product.

  • Advanced Satellite-UMTS Test Bed

    The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate and validate S-UMTS concepts and techniques by creating a test bed and performing experiments.

  • Power Supply Regulator for High-Power Communication Satellites (PSR 100V)

    Power Supply Regulator for High-Power Communication Satellites (PSR 100V)

  • E3000 Advanced Electrical Architecture

    The project aims to improve the electrical architecture of the Eurostar 3000 platform by: studying the benefit of a decentralized TM/TC architecture of the communication module; improving the design and performance of the power distribution function; and reducing the schedule and non recurring costs of the harness definition and manufacturing.

  • Digital Divide: The Satellite Offer - DDSO

    The objective of the DDSO study is to assess the contribution that satellite technologies could bring into a global European federated programme to bridge the digital divide on a pan-European scale.


    The main objective of COBRA Phase 2 is to develop solutions for power amplifiers with high efficiency in order to reduce weight and cost, increase battery usage time for portable equipment and reduce over-temperature problems.

  • Mobile Tracking Needs

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and publish a database that provides relevant statistical data for the design of tracking systems for mobile satellite terminals.

  • New Generation DVB-RCS Hardware

    This project encompassed the commercial development of new terminal IDU hardware and new hub Forward Link System and Return Link System hardware capable of supporting a comprehensive implementation of “DVB-RCS Next Generation” standards.

  • AMG4.7, 4.8, 4.9 and LSF2.1 MP1.0

    The goal of the Altobridge solution is to provide GSM services in a number of deployments using efficient use of satellite bandwidth through the AltoBridge patented Call handling Model and Signalling Encoding Scheme.

  • THAUMAS Phase 1

    THAUMAS will define and start the validation of the upgrades to SwiftBroadband required to achieve Continental Safety Services as a complement to the future terrestrial ATM services being developed by the SESAR programme.

  • THAUMAS Phase 0

    The THAUMAS initiative (Tailored and Harmonised satcom for ATM Uses, Maximising re-use of Aero SwiftBroadband) has been defined in line with the Artes 10 objectives. Starting from the well proven SwiftBroadband technology, the project will define the upgrades needed to offer ATM services. The resulting system, called SB-S (SwiftBroadband-Safety) will be designed for compliance with stringent services and applications defined in the frame of the SESAR programme.

  • PCU Low Power for TELECOM Satellite

    The objective of this project is to design, manufacture and qualify an EM and PFM of low power conditioning unit for Telecom satellite. This PCU is targeted to address Satellite market with up to 4.2 kW power capabilities.

  • Cospas/SarSAT Antennas

    For almost thirty years from now, the Cospas-Sarsat worldwide Search and Rescue satellite system has been in operation, rescuing more than 26 000 distress victims. The scope in the Cospas-Sarsat Antennas project is to develop a body-worn antenna, suitable to be integrated into a life vest platform together with a commercial Cospas-Sarsat distress transmitter.


    The project ISIDE intends to develop, implement and validate a satellite based system of NCinema (N for networked), oriented at providing a range of services and applications in the field of D- (Digital) and E- (Electronic) Cinema. Over a period of two years, the project realises a permanent validation platform for N-Cinema, in order to cover the complete representation of the relevant service value chains. The objective will be to validate and promote different forms of exploitation of the theatres, ranging from featuring digital movies, digital advertising and alternative contents to live events, shows in virtual reality and interactive applications.

  • Initiative for Increased Standardisation of Performance Management in Satellite Communications

    This study aims to clarify the demand for standardisation in network operations, in particular in relation to network performance monitoring. We want to analyse the typical (Key) Performance Indicators (KPIs) used in network operations and troubleshooting processes.

  • Efficient Networking and MAC Techniques in Next Generation Interactive Broadband Satellite Networks

    The work to be performed in this project will produce a series of white papers describing provision of efficient networking and MAC techniques that satisfy key commercial requirements for the satellite interactive network.

  • Research and Development of Next-Generation GNSS Receivers

    The objective of this activity was to perform research and development on next-generation GNSS receivers. More specifically, this meant that existing products were enhanced and new products were developed. The rationale behind this was to increase the market share of Septentrio in the market of professional GNSS receivers.

  • Framework support to standardisation: Two-Way Satellite Market Survey (Sea&Space Exploration)

    The objective of this study is to make a commercial assessment of the two-way satellite broadband systems and to identify which areas of development and standardisation will improve the two-way satellite broadband business globally. This activity has been awarded to two different consortiums who are developing the activity simultaneously.

  • Framework Support to Standardisation: Two-way Satellite Market Survey (Euroconsult)

    The primary goal of this project is to develop a detailed knowledge base with respect to the two-way satellite broadband market which will be used by ESA and its industry partners to make decisions about the evolution of various satellite communication technologies and standards.

  • K-band SATCOM ground terminal LNA with dual mode performance

    The primary product is a low noise amplifier (LNA) for K band SATCOM (18-26 GHz) ground terminals which will have two operating modes: normal and turbo. The secondary product is a standard uncooled LNA for K band SATCOM ground terminals.

  • AVSAT Amplifier Lineariser Study

    This study fits into an overall strategic plan to establish linearised amplifier products that have applications in larger systems as well as being ‘stand-alone´ developments. The study will review three candidate linearising techniques which can be subsequently used in the development of a standalone, linearised High Power Amplifier (HPA) for the AVSAT terminals market.

  • Introduction of Multiple Beam Networks in Africa

    This project will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current situation of the ICT sector and terrestrial networks in Africa. It will provide an assessment of the technical and financial benefits that a multiple spot beam like satellite infrastructure could bring, including satellite system detailed design and programmatic aspects.

  • Detailed Survey and Analysis of Danish Telecom Industry

    With the aim of establishing a well-informed basis for decisions regarding future priorities in the Danish participation in the ARTES program the overall objective of this study is to perform a detailed survey and business analysis of the core competencies, priorities and expectations in the Danish industry within ARTES.

  • SHEM

    The project target is the development of a DVB-SH demodulator compliant with DVB-SH standard.

  • Ka-Band Multibeam Antenna Study

    The objective of the Ka-Band Multibeam Antenna Development Study program is to advance MDAs existing Ka-band multibeam antenna designs and enable the development of new technologies that will have significant cost, performance and functional advantages over past technologies.

  • SAMOS - Satellite M2M Observatory Study

    The benefits of this study are to gain transparency of the actual satellite M2M market. This study will then provide recommendations about the most promising development paths for satellite to participate in the growing M2M market.

  • Low Mass Output ONET Assembly

    The main objective was to design, manufacture and qualify an L-Band ONET and filters, and to have a complete assembly fully qualified.

  • AZUR SPACE triple solar cell 3G27/3G28 Qualification

    The intention of the project was to produce and qualify a fully European triple junction solar cell, with a high efficiency of the sun light-to-current conversion, low temperature coefficients and excellent power-to-mass ratio, based on III-V compound semiconductor materials.

  • C/Ku Repeater Equipment

    The objectives of the project are to develop C and Ku band RF units and to perform the associated industrialisation activities in order to improve the technical and cost competitiveness of units in the following product lines: Front end units (Receivers , Down Converters), LCAMP and C-band SSPAs, Filters, and TTC Receivers.

  • System and Payload Co-Design using Adaptive Coding and Modulation Schemes

    The main goal of the activity is devising a joint system, payload and antenna co-design methodology for maximizing pre-determined performance figures of merit in ACM broadband systems.

  • Joint Turbo Decoding and Carrier Synchronisation

    There is strong interest in developing power-efficient solutions, in order to facilitate the deployment of interactive multimedia systems in the consumer market where the user terminal cost is of paramount importance.

  • Development of High specific energy Li-Ion cell

    Saft is developing within the frame of the ARTES 8 Alphabus contract a "high specific energy cell". The purpose of this cell is to reduce the battery weight for the Alphabus satellite. The objective is to increase the specific energy by more than 25% of the existing VES140 cell. The specific energy target for the VES180 is 170 Wh/kg.

  • Thin Film Solar Cell Demonstration Module

    The main objective of the project is to end up with a European supplier for thin film solar cell technology for large platforms.

  • Active Pixel Sensor based Star Tracker: Galileo Avionica

    The objective of the contract is to develop and test an elegant breadboard of an Active Pixel Sensor (APS) based star sensor, and to analyse the competitiveness of these sensors against existing CCD based star sensors.

  • High Power Distribution Bar and Connections

    The objective of the project is to choose the insulating and conductive materials, the shapes, the dimensions and the means of interconnection of the Axon' bus bar in order to provide qualified technologies to be integrated in a complete power distribution system on @bus service module.

  • High Power High Temperature (HPHT) Power and Signal Slip Ring assembly (PSSR) for Large Platform Solar Array Drive Mechanisms

    To develop a compact size PSSR able to transfer the high power of coming large satellite platforms.Improved thermal design is foreseen and the possibility to use materials able to withstand higher temperatures will be investigated. All design choices will be evaluated while carefully considering their associated costs in order to reach a cost efficient product. Special attention in this regard will be given to the chosen production methods.

  • Central Tube: Alcatel/CASA

    This project is devoted to the pre-development of Alphabus Central Tube (@CT) equipment, which belongs to the structure subsystem of the Alphabus spacecraft.

  • SVConS

    The primary objective of this project is to conduct a study on "Scalable Video Coding Applications and Technologies for mobile satellite based hybrid networks". The activity will investigate the viability of integrating Scalable Video Coding (SVC) technologies over DVB-SH networks and disseminate its findings to relevant fora such as DVB TM-SSP, DVB TM-CBMS, or DVB TM-AVC.

  • 3D@SAT

    3D@SAT will review and investigate the potential of future 3D Multiview / Free viewpoint Video technologies, build up a simulation system for 3D services over satellite and disseminate its findings to relevant fora such as DVB 3D-SM, DVB TM-AVC, ITU-T/VCEG, ISO/MPEG, SMPTE, 3D@Home, etc.

  • AMG4.6 and LSF2.1

    This project consists of two separate development efforts. The main objectives of AMG4.6 were to satisfy requirements from our existing customer base to increase the value proposition of the AMG system. LSF 2.1 builds on our initial release of the Local Switching product by improving its functionality.

  • AMG4.6 and LSF2.0

    This project consists of two separate development efforts. The main objectives of AMG4.6 are to satisfy requirements from our existing customer base to increase the value proposition of the AMG system. LSF 2.0 builds on our initial release of the Local Switching product by improving its functionality.

  • SatCom-EASY - Enhanced IP Access System

    SatCom-EASY aims to highly simplify system integration and service provisioning for IP via satellite services. It combines and integrates performance enhancements and comprehensive supporting functionality in just a single software system.

  • Gas-Cell Laser Clock Technologies for Atomic Frequency Standards

    This project´s objectives concerned the introduction of laser optical pumping to the well-established Rubidium (Rb) atomic clock technology, in view of replacing the lamp-pumped devices available today as compact frequency references.

  • Study Phase for the Development of a Single Feed Per Beam Antenna Feed Cluster Housing Assembly

    The objective of the study was to develop the design of a Feed Cluster Housing Module (FCHM) for future Ka Band Single Feed Per Beam (SFPB) antenna programmes, which offers a step improvement in cost effectiveness relative to the current state of the art.

  • Ku-Band OMUX 500 Watt per Channel

    This activity focuses on the development, design, simulation, manufacturing and testing of a multichannel OMUX (Output Multiplexer) with an allowed input power of 500W or more for each channel.

  • SC1000 Field Terminal

    The SC1000 Field Terminal project has the objective to improve the satellite based narrowband data services for mobile and static applications. The services address both high-end and medium-end trucks.

  • Digital Transparent Processor (DTP)

    The objective of this project by Alcatel Alenia Space is the design, development and test of a Digital Transparent Processor based on an EQM model.

  • Saturn 120

    The project aim is to develop a platform for stabilising an antenna, which will lower the production price and offer higher performance than existing platforms.

  • Quadband mini helix TWTA

    This project set out to develop a Quadband mini helix TWT. Initial applications include satellite news gathering, remote internet and disaster relief. The TWT will cover the C, X, Ku and DBS frequency ranges and will be designed to be integrated into the existing 200W class of satellite communication uplink amplifiers, including the recently launched StellarMiniTM Amplifier.

  • 3D Manufacturing of Microwave Passive Components

    The objective of this activity is to develop a complete 3D end-to-end manufacturing process for the production of lightweight, complex microwave passive components for telecom payloads. The process will be based on Selective Laser Melting (SLM), a generative rapid prototyping process.

  • TCR Transmitter Evolution

    The main objective of his project is to develop a set of new functions for the existing TCR transmitter product as requested by different customers.

  • Large Propellant Tank

    The objective is to develop an extended tank (2900Kg of propellant per S/C), based on the current E3000 interfaces, in order to allow full CPS missions with extended lifetime/dry mass capabilities.

  • Plasma Propulsion Equipments for Multimedia Satellites

    Astrium is currently developing a new generation of Plasmic Propulsion Equipments to enhance the capabilities of its existing Civil Telecommunications spacecraft platforms.

  • Integrated Space Technologies Operational System (ISTOS) For Combined Space Technology Applications

    ESA's concept for an Integrated Space Technologies Operational System (ISTOS) Wide Area Network is designed to improve the utilisation of space technologies by end users working in the field of emergency management.

  • Stereoscopic Broadcasting

    The objective of this project is to take a practical step forward towards satellite-delivered 3D TV at home. The scope encompasses an evaluation of the entire end to end chain, followed by a pilot trial where current technology and user experience will be assessed in depth.

  • Single Feed per Beam

    The project covers the development, manufacturing and test of two types of Ka-band feed chains. The feed chains are assigned to work in a single feed per beam multi spot beam antenna. They are dual circularly polarized and combine Rx and Tx signals. One feed chain serves user and gateway applications, the other feed chain additionally provides RF sensing capability.

  • DCDC for RF Equipment

    The main objectives of this R&D project were to develop, test and qualify DC/DC converters for RF equipment. It aimed to provide an integrated DCDC for RF solution compatible with a wide range of platforms given the wide input voltage range compatibility, as well as the input EMC approach consisting of applying the most stringent of the different EMC CE/CS requirements.

  • Software Radio Based Regenerative Processor

    The project aims to define the architecture of a fully reconfigurable regenerative onboard processor (OBP), based on a reconfigurable technology available for space applications today. A safe communication protocol is also to be defined to transfer the reconfiguration data on the uplink RF channel.


    The Horizon project focused on the development of specific products and solutions for the Primary Distribution of Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) signals and to a lesser extent Mobile TV signals.

  • DSL in the Sky

    The objective of the DSL in the Sky project was to develop the new generation of Satcom solution, implementing the fully updated DVB-RCS / DVB-S2 standard, including advanced features such as Adaptative Coding & Modulation (ACM), Dynamic Rate Adjustment (DRA), or Satlabs QoS.

  • RF Sensing Equipment in Ka Band for Eurostar 3000 Platform

    The purpose of the present development was to adapt to EADS Astrium needs (Eurostar 3000 P/F) the equipment already developed by Thales Alenia Space for their own platform. The developed RF equipment is dedicated to be used on EUROSTAR 3000 Platform (EADS Astrium) and has to operate with one or several Ka band beacons.

  • Multi-Frequency Feeds

    The objective of this study is to develop a Ku/Ka Tx/Rx feed system and to evaluate the achievable performances with a single horn combined with a complex exciter able to separate the following frequency bands, in dual polarizations.

  • S-Band Wide Coverage Antennas

    The objective of the study is to develop and verifiy new and competitive additions to the present set of S-band Omni Antennas. Saab sees a market demand for S-band wide coverage omni antennas which need to have adaptability of the radiation patterns as well as low NRE costs and short delivery times.

  • Ku-Band OMUX 500W per Channel - ComDev

    In this activity concept filters and an O-Mux design will be developed to operate at 500W per channel. Comprehensive testing will validate the power handling and performance in a vacuum as well as at ambient pressure.

  • Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop

    The MPFL project objective is aimed to provide a European supply for equipment for a Single-Phase Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop. The purpose of the project is to perform all design and development activities in order to qualify European single-phase cooling loop equipment (pump package, By-pass assembly, connectors and coolant fluid) that will be used within the @Bus single phase cooling loop system.

  • ConeXpress-Orbital Life Extension Vehicle (CX-OLEV)

    The ConeXpress - Orbital Life Extension Vehicle (CX-OLEV) presents the operators of geostationary communications satellites ("comsats") with a pioneering opportunity to extend the revenue-earning life of their space assets by up to 10 years.

  • J-ORTIGIA: S-band Satellite Broadcasting Experimentation Campaign through NICT ETS-VIII satellite

    One of the key objectives of the J-ORTIGIA project was to evolve the receiver setup developed in the ORTIGIA framework in terms of performance, RF tuning, and alignment with the DVB-SH standard. Phase 1 encompasses a series of preliminary analysis and Phase 2 the integration of handheld mock-up and vehicular terminals.

  • Hylas-1

    The Hylas-1 Project is intended to serve as a pathfinder for a new generation of Ka-band communications satellites and services. The combination of advanced payload technologies and a range of innovative broadband service offerings will provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate and commercialise the potential of Ka-band communications systems.

  • Textile Antennas

    Flexible antennas are becoming evermore attractive, since the recent developments in wearable computing have opened several possibilities to integrate wireless functions to clothing. The scope of this study is to demonstrate that flexible antennas are feasible in personal satellite communications.

  • Electromagnetic Satellite Analysis Tool

    The Electromagnetic Satellite Analysis Tool (ESAT) project aimed to create a software tool to analyze the radiated susceptibility of the payload to the electromagnetic field in the Communication Module. Leakages from RF units and electromagnetic fields generated by external antennas, which penetrate inside the Communication module through apertures in the satellite structure, are considered.

  • IEMN

    The Integrated Emergency Medicine Network (IEMN) seeks to develop, implement and test a multi-tier emergency service to serve as the basis of a province-wide emergency medicine network. IEMN provides the following emergency response capacities within Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada): giving rural and community health care services direct access to emergency medicine physicians and resources within a province-wide network (with real-time video consultation and medical data transfer facilities), allow continuous communications and patient data transfer between emergency response staff and the emergency facility during an emergency situation, creating a mobile emergency response facility that can quickly be deployed to a disaster location to extend the facilities and capabilities of the IEMN to the emergency response personnel.

  • ULtra fast Internet Satellite Switching (ULISS)

    The main goal of the ULISS project is to prepare the future payloads for Multimedia missions in Ka Band. The project aims to fulfil four main objectives, one of these being the implementation of a new concept called Radio Burst Switching (RBS).

  • Eurostar 3000 Antenna Tracking System

    Objective of the project is the development and the qualification of the Eurostar Antenna Tracking System (ATS) functional chain. This includes the architecture design, the system analysis, the control loop design, the FDIR strategy, the software implementation and validation.

  • FOSAT - Fiber Optic Sensing Subsystem for Spacecraft Health Monitoring in Telecom Satellites

    The FOSAT project aims to demonstrate the potentials and benefits of fiber optic sensing technologies through a combination of analysis and testing. A demonstrator composed of satellite mockups, instrumented with fiber optic sensor, fiber optic harness and signal processing will be built and tested.

  • MiniTerminal

    The MiniT provides Broadband Satcom at lower transmission cost with high installation and operation comfort.

  • Survey of the Chinese and Indian Telecom Space Industry and Market

    Acknowledging the domains of excellence that the Chinese and Indian space industry has been able to build through ambitious space programmes, the study aims to better understand the background against which this success has been achieved. It will explore the industrial capabilities of China and India in satellite communication and navigation sectors.

  • Xenon Flow Meter for Propellant Gauging

    The objective is to design, develop and test an Engineering Model of a Xenon Flow Meter with high accuracy across a wide flow range to provide a better prediction of the remaining propellant at mid-life than the current PVT method. A key issue is the severe physical property variation of the xenon over the operational pressure and temperature range, as the xenon can be in gas, liquid or supercritical phase.

  • NanOsc STOLO

    In the STOLO project a prototype local oscillator will be developed, based on spintronics. By using a spin torque oscillator instead of classical technologies NanOsc introduces a disruptive technology that is bound to change satellite communication devices in the future.

  • 2nd Generation DVB-RCS Standardization Support

    The 2nd Generation DVB-RCS Standardization Support project aims at supporting the standardisation process for the Next Generation of the DVB Return Channel via Satellite standard, i.e, DVB-RCS-NG.

  • Development of Diagnostic Tool - DIATOOL

    DIATOOL will be a stand-alone commercial program performing advanced electromagnetic processing of measured antenna data. It will read the measured field and compute the extreme near-field or the currents on the antenna surface, without the fundamental constraints of the traditional measurement systems.

  • Development and Qualification of an Advanced Pilot Tone Injection Unit (PTIU) and L-Band Test Interface Unit (LTIU) for Next Generation Processed Payloads on Geo-Mobile Communications Satellites

    The first targeted market opportunity for the PTIU and LTIU products is the Inmarsat XL payload currently being developed by EADS Astrium UK, which is to be embarked on the first European Alphabus platform. COM DEV has provided similar products for the Inmarsat 4 series of satellites, however these products must now be redesigned to meet the requirements of the new integrated digital processors and the new Alphabus platform interfaces.

  • Advanced Antenna Concepts for Aircraft In-Flight Entertainment

    The scope of the project was to study an innovative antenna solution able to provide entertainment services in an aeronautical mobile environment. The main requirement was a completely electronic scanning and polarization control on a hemispherical coverage. The studied antenna was a conformal hemispherical array in which all the dual polarized radiating elements can be electronically controlled in amplitude and phase. To prove the feasibility of the proposed solution, a demonstrator has been designed manufactured and tested.

  • youDO

    youDO aims to develop a motorised antenna mount for bi-directional satellite user terminals. The primary purpose of the motorised mount is to aid the process and cost of installing satellite user terminals.

  • Security for DVB-RCS at Control and Management Planes

    This project studies the security of DVB-RCS systems at the control, management and data planes (referred to as TRANsmission SECurity or TRANSEC, for short), through the identification / analysis of security threats and vulnerabilities, derivation of security requirements and high level definition of the security architectures and of the countermeasure techniques.

  • Use of Satellite Triple Play Services in Emerging Countries

    The project objective is to provide European and Canadian industry with guidelines for the implementation of Satellite Triple Play Services in emerging countries.

  • SASS-2IP

    The SASS-2IP project objective is to develop and implement a Satellite Terminal IP Interface Unit (STIU) for the interconnection of alarm- and security equipment to satellite interactive terminals, enhance the SASS signalling protocols and software to support IP traffic control for any 3rd party security applications connected to the STIU including the provisioning of guaranteed bandwidth on-demand with multiple priority levels (standard, high, emergency) and validate the functional and operational performance for an innovative alarm- and surveillance application.

  • mrStream

    mrStream is dedicated to develop an application platform for the contribution and distribution of video and data content to get greater insight into consumer attitudes and behaviour than is possible from the techniques and technologies currently used by Market Research agencies and their clients. The mrStream applications platform collects, links, interprets and publishes consumer and social insight data using advanced media format with high impact potentials for the end users.

  • TOP

    The objective of the study is to investigate a wider design space of congestion control mechanisms compatible with the I-PEP specification for the purpose of accelerating HTTP transfers, while maintaining good performance for generic large-volume TCP transfers.

  • PocketSAT User Terminal Phase 3 Development

    The objective of the project is to develop a miniature satellite communications user terminal platform known as 'PocketSAT'. This platform is aimed at L-band mobile satcom services, including hand-held, land-mobile and maritime. Phase 3 is to extend the PocketSAT developments in another direction: private packet-data networks operating over leased satellite capacity.

  • IMS Satcom Integration

    The goal of this project is to assess the technical and business benefits of integrating the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) in Satellite based core telecom networks, and to explore to what extent any recommendations coming from this study can be merged into standardisation activities to allow a broad and open adaptation across the industry.

  • Satcom Integration with IMS based Core Networks

    The main objective of the project is to study and demonstrate that broadband Satcom networks can be seamlessly integrated within an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based network, both in terms of protocols and performance.

  • Multimedia Satellite Equipment - ECOMUX (Extremely Compact Output Multiplexer)

    The objective of the project is the development and qualification of a new type of output multiplexer.

  • ALOA PrePhase-B

    The goal of the ALOA PrePhase-B was to consolidate the system architecture for the ALOA payload, based on the service requirements of Orbcomm Inc. as a major potential customer, as well as to establish a sound business understanding for further development.

  • Mobile Telecom Payload - RF Measurement System

    Mobile satellite-based communications systems will be introduced into the markets in increasing numbers. Satellite transponders carrying traffic of such systems demand challenging capabilities both from the transponder payload and from the test systems used to validate them. This project aims to capture the requirements of a generic MTP-RMS that supports testing and verifying mobile communications payloads.

  • Ground Terminals - Advanced Processes and Materials for Waveguide Components

    The key issue addressed in this project is lower-cost production methods for Ka band waveguide components that satisfy all the functional, mechanical and environmental requirements.

  • Ka-Band Filters and Multiplexers

    COM Dev will develop Ka band hardware with improved performance in areas such as power rating, bandwidth, frequency (data rate), signal attenuation, mass, reliability and longevity. This technology will support the expanding commercial European Ka band satellite program requirements.

  • Hub Verification Test Bed

    This project developed a verification test bed for DVB-RCS hubs. It is an extension of the Common Test Bed for DVB-RCS terminals, and is based on the VeriSat Terminal Population Emulator. The HTB will be handed over to the same independent test house (CETECOM) responsible for testing and certification of DVB-RCS terminals on behalf of The SatLabs Group.

  • Converters Receivers Evolution Programme

    The proposed project aims to establish the equipment requirements and a modular design concept for a new generation of converters and receivers on C-band and Ku-band.

  • Highly Integrated Converter

    This project aims at the provision of a Highly Integrated Converter at Ku-band with significantly reduced size, mass, cost and production time compared to today's converters, still meeting the high performance requirements.

  • A Competitive Horn Antenna Family

    The objective of the project is to decrease the NRE cost for new or modified products in Saab Space's horn antenna family. The aim is to introduce a new process for the design work.

  • T6 Ion Propulsion System predevelopment activities for Alphabus

    The objectives of this project are to develop a high power 5 kW gridded ion thruster, referred to as the T6 Mk3, and its associated PSCU for Alphabus station keeping.

  • Common Test Bed for DVB-RCS Terminals

    The Common Test Bed allows the certification of DVB-RCS terminals, which is an important step in achieving terminal interoperability. The outcomes so far have resulted in an important contribution to the development of a compact Hub Emulator well suited to support cost-effective DVB-RCS terminal development.

  • Telecommunication and Tracking Multi-Mode Horn Design Optimisation

    A SW-tool has been developed which allows the user to optimise the RF performance of smooth or corrugated conical horns for communications and tracking purposes. A horn has been designed, manufactured and tested.

  • Space Environment Support System for Telecom/Navigation Missions (SESS)

    The main goal of this project is to provide a completely operational prototype capable of supplying structured information on the space environment and the effects on spacecraft to assist with satellite maintenance.

  • L-Band ONETs

    The objective of the project was to develop, manufacture and qualify two L-Band ONETs for EADS Astrium satellites and the US market. ONETs are high power devices used for multi-point telephony applications. In this case, two 8x8 matrices were developed. In one of them the mass and the PIM were the critical points, whereas the second one was developed with the high power requirements of the US market in mind.

  • N-GAP: Norspace Generic Analogue Processor

    In commercial programs, short delivery schedule is mandatory. This is normally in contradiction to the need for application specific requirements that need special solutions for each case. For most programs Norspace has experienced that development of hybrids normally define the minimum delivery time. The key objective in the project was to prepare lower level generic design blocks that meet the requirements for the next opportunity.

  • Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop Flight eXperiment

    A Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop loop Flight Experiment (MPFL-FX) is proposed to be flown as Technology Demonstrator Program (TDP) on the Alphasat mission. The main MPFL-FX objective is to carry-out the on-orbit life testing of the MPFL components in order to increase its acceptance with respect to future customers.

  • Multimedia Ground Terminals and Equipment: End-to-End Performance and Security Enhancements

    The End to End Performance and Security Enhancements program is an incremental, evolutionary development of Advantech Satellite Networks´ successful product line of DVB-RCS hubs and terminals. The technical areas that are considered to be of the highest importance for this development are Accelerated VPN and MESH.

  • Next Generation DVB-RCS System and Technology Development

    The objective of this project is to enhance key aspects of the EMS product line in line with feedback from the customer base as well as changing market requirements. These key aspects include End to End performance, DVB-S2 support, and Network Management.

  • Evolution of the EMS DVB-RCS Solution

    The objectives of this project are to improve the EMS DVB-RCS product lines by adding new capabilities and advanced features. The products that are part of this project are the Return Link Subsystem (RLSS), Satellite Interactive Terminal (SIT), and DVB-RCS Gateway.

  • Indigo Integrated Digital Overlay

    The Integrated Digital Overlay (Indigo) is to develop the next generation of technology for satellite-delivered video programming and data for Enterprise and Broadcast customers. Indigo intends to develop a digital signage product suite to enable customers to use the Captive Audience Networking medium. This demands innovation in the central distribution hub, remote-end equipment and distribution. In the Broadcast market (including directto- home DTH), Indigo defines and optimises media ingest, digital asset management and distribution.

  • Implementation of the Common Test House for DVB-RCS Terminals

    A Common Test House for DVB-RCST compliance and interoperability testing.

  • High Efficiency Optical Amplifier For On-Board Fiber Optic Subsystems Applications

    This project encompassed a trade-off analysis of the performance characteristics of the available optical amplifiers technologies (mainly Erbium-Doped Fibre Amplifier (EDFA), Erbium-Doped Waveguide Amplifier (EDWA) and Semiconductor Optical Amplifier (SOA)), and assessed their potential for operation in the space environment.

  • Ultra-high speed multi-carrier IP multicasting via DVB-S2

    The objective of the project is to develop an extension of IDC's SuperFlex DVP IP multicasting product line that is capable of ultra-high speed multi-carrier operation.

  • Temperature Compensation Techniques for Waveguide Filters, Manifolds and Multiplexers - ComDev

    The objective of the project is to develop a temperature compensation technique for both high power output multiplexers and manifolds at Ka-band.

  • Satcom Market Monitoring

    The project objective is to monitor the evolution of the telecom, ICT and media markets over a period of 24 months to spot market opportunities and threats, understand the changes in demand and extract the strategic evolutions relevant for the satellite telecommunication market.

  • ASTRID - Avionic SATCOM Terminal Research for Iris Development (RF-Front-End and Antenna Technologies)

    The main objective of the activity is to review and investigate the most promising RF-Front-End and Antenna technologies relevant to the avionic Satcom terminal in order to assess and evaluate their applicability as well as to highlight their advantages/disadvantages.

  • IFSW: Near Term Evolution of Multimedia Facilities and Equipment

    The project objective is to develop an IF Switch Matrix for use in Multimedia Satellite

  • Study on Emerging Markets and Future Applications

    The objective of the study is to identify and characterise upcoming new opportunities for the European and Canadian satellite industry. The study will monitor the emergence of new drivers of the evolution of demand and key enablers for the provision of innovative commercial services worldwide.

  • Technical Assistance for Iris Communication Standards

    Inmarsat has completed a Technical Assistance Contract under Phase A of the Iris programme, where ESA has embarked on the development of a new satellite to aircraft communication standard in support of both safety of life and aircraft operational communication. The purpose of Inmarsat´s involvement was to assist the Agency in determining suitable options to be further developed towards eventual validation and deployment.

  • EAM - European Apogee Motor

    The scope of the EAM activities is to define and to develop a competitive high thrust, high specific impulse European Apogee Motor (EAM).

  • TV Snapshot

    The TV Snapshot project aims to develop an end-user application enabling the user to access descriptive data about his/her favourite TV content received in a PC via a DVB card, and later act on this data to purchase content online.

  • Ku-band Toroid Antennas

    The objective of the project was to develop and verify a new competitive member to the present set of Ku-band antennas, a dual frequency (Rx/Tx) dual port Ku-band bicone antenna.

  • Triple LNB

    The project objective is to develop a new LNB that integrates all of the functions from three LNBs into a single LNB unit. The result of this would be a triple horn feed Quad Polar LNB with fully frequency selectable and switched outputs.

  • Dual Polar LNB

    The aim of the project is to design, develop, and manufacture a Dual Linear and Circular Polarised LNB. This new variant will be used to double the bandwidth currently available for transmitting domestic television signals.

  • Distribution of DBS Signals by Fibre Optic

    The aim of this project is to design a new system based on the now maturing technology of Photonic Components. The current system is far more complex than necessary, and one where any further developments to carry an ever growing bandwidth to more locations is increasingly costly, complex and specialized.

  • Dual Linear and Circular Polarised LNB

    This project aims to design an LNB that can receive from both linear and circularly polarised satellites which could significantly stimulate the use of space capacity for new services from existing locations.

  • 13GHz Transceiver

    The contract originally specified design and development of an LNB/OMT/transmitter for operation at 13GHz receive and 12.75-13.25GHz transmit. A subsequent contract change note 001 re-specified the development of a revised version of the existing Invacom transmitter operating in the 14.0-14.5GHz band.

  • DVB-RCS ODU: Multimedia Ground Terminals and Equipment

    Satellite operator requirements for providing Broad Band Satellite INTERNET services throughout Europe, North Africa, Western Asia and Eastern USA.

  • RemFireSat

    RemFireSat provides communications and positioning information for all emergency crew members and to vehicles operating in the emergency scenario. Communication is achieved via short messages that can also be used to communicate standard information, panic buttons, etc. Extensive utilisation of remote sensing data, which is provided in the field via a dedicated processing centre, is another key feature of the system.


    The objective of this activity is to design and demonstrate an integrated system for communications and localisation services in emergency situations e.g. in forest fire fighting, earthquakes. Direct communication, providing voice and localisation services between on-site staff and a centralised operations control centre is provided by the use of hand held personal terminals, communicating via larger, more powerful "intermediate" satellite mobile terminals.

  • Telecommunication and Tracking Multi-Mode Horn Design Optimization Software

    The project objective is to develop a software tool for optimising the RF performance of multi-mode horns with body-of-revolution symmetry for communication and tracking applications.

  • MMPE - Maritime Mobile Phone Extension

    This project aims to develop a maritime BGAN terminal integrated with a mobile phone 3G Pico cell so crews can use their personal mobile phones for social communication.

  • Mayflower

    The Mayflower Project employs satellite multicasting IP over DVB and Internet return channel to enable the delivery of university courses in Medicine using on-line and off-line applications built on Open Software. Two groups of participants employed the system. One group was based in Italy and was led by the University of Perugia, which focused on nursing. The other group was based in Norway and led by the University of Tromsoe, which focused on nursing and medicine. Students attended Perugia University courses either from home or the University classrooms.

  • Eurostar 3000 Advanced Electrical Power Subsystem

    The project objective is to develop a new geostationary Li-ion battery concept for Eurostar 3000 platform.

  • Thermal Analysis Developments for the Large Platforms Mission Program

    The ESA Large Platform Mission Project will develop a new satellite platform in the power range 14-25kW. This large Platform will be engineered and built by the ALCATEL SPACE and EADS ASTRIUM joined Project Team. Its main objective is to develop a high-performing satellite platform family in this enhanced power range which will integrate most advanced equipments from world class suppliers.

  • Characterisation of the Satellite to Indoor Channel at S-Band

    There is a significant lack of experimental data for the satellite to indoor environment that does not allow for precise prediction methods. This project aims to provide simple statistical models, giving guidance to system designers.

  • Management and Supervision System for Special Aircraft Operations - MASSAO

    MASSAO will allow an operator of an air fleet to track, monitor and communicate via satellite with aircraft within their full operating range, even at large distances from the operating centre.

  • IDeAS

    IDeAS will, in the frame of the Iris programme, facilitate the understanding of aviation safety and certification requirements in standard space domain terminology, and provide an initial road-map to future Iris service certification.


    The pilot project has established an application supporting direct connection between the Dutch AEX exchange in Amsterdam and any worldwide (Internet) Broker or Trading Professional. The electronic communication is IP over satellite to guarantee simultaneous availability of the trading information at all client sites and to enforce ad hoc security protection in the link.

  • Sat@Once

    Sat@Once uses the Casablance technology to extend the Wen in another dimension. The purpose of Casablanca is to select, from all the content that is available free on the internet, those items if interest to the maximum number of users and to broadcast these pages via satellite.

  • NESA

    The NESA (Next generation Emergency Satellite Assistance) project is dedicated to on-field radiology, carried out employing an X-ray apparatus onboard an ambulance. The X-ray images are transferred via satellite for remote analysis, together with accessory clinical information. Thanks to the capabilities provided by the NESA platform, the emergency vehicle can bring patients directly to the most appropriate destination (including the emergency department), optimizing timing and saving resources. In many cases transportation can be avoided.

  • Cielo

    Project Cielo has as its primary objective to design and develop a fully functioning Ka Band transceiver at a competitive price point.

  • E-Screen

    E-Screen has provided the first pan- European Satellite based Digital Cinema operation, including a business deployment phase, where projections open to paying public of a diversified range of digital contents delivered via satellite are performed. E-Screen sees the joint involvement of service providers, technology suppliers and, above all, of the Cinema industry, experimenting with the future business models and practices that will lead the transition toward Digital Cinema and addressing the technology areas that are involved in the implementation of a satellite based service chain.


    Using the results of the DELTASS project, I-DISCARE aims to offer a service to operational users community first on a free basis and after on a commercial basis. The target is to create an I-DISCARE Service Provider structure and initiate its activities. The I-DISCARE project has the ambition to reach this target by achieving the following 3 main tasks: implement a satellite-based support to logistic and healthcare for medical operations in isolated, mobile and disaster context, demonstrate and validate the viability of this IDISCARE service by defining a Pilot Utilisation Plan and by using some real field utilisation involving end users, prepare and consolidate a Strategic Plan (SP) for the IDISCARE service implementation.

  • Distributed Satellite Broadband

    The Distributed Satellite Broadband project seeks to develop secure and authenticated methods by which satellite delivered broadband access can be provided and shared amongst a number of disparate users. The goal is to reduce the cost of satellite broadband for each individual user and enable people in rural areas without ADSL access to obtain a broadband internet connection, which otherwise they would not be able to afford.

  • Extension of ADRAMO project -TM Data Rate Performance Improvement Analysis

    ADRAMO Rider 1 is a 'holding project' for a series of SCOS 2000 telemetry performance improvement activities. It includes performance studies, generic packetiser and packet display extensions and the cache replacement by a new Client Packet Distributor (CPD).

  • LOCOPO: Low-Cost Ku-band High Power Amplifiers for VSAT Ground Terminals

    The objective of this project is the development of packaged 1-Watt and 2-Watt high power amplifiers for Ku-band VSAT applications.

  • STELIOS (Ku-band Microterminal for multicasting)

    The project is developing a Ku-band micro-terminal for the recption of satellite multicast services.


    ESA's concept for an Integrated Space Technologies Operational System (ISTOS) Wide Area Network is designed to improve the utilisation of space technologies by end users working in the field of emergency management, by allowing to efficiently interconnect emergency application users to data and services providers, using integrated space technologies in telecommunications, earth observation and navigation.

  • MediaSpace

    MediaSpace provides multimedia satellite services at an optimised cost and on an international deployment level, proposing solutions to anyone anywhere in the world.

  • Market and Regulatory Study for Telemedicine via Satellite

    A comprehensive analysis of the market for telemedicine services in general with identification of opportunities for satellite and specific review on the regulatory aspects.

  • High Accuracy Pressure Transducer (HAPT)

    The objective of the project was to upgrade to space level requirements an existing commercial pressure transducer design providing a desired accuracy below 0.05%FS and to qualify it for space usage.

  • Ultrasonic Flow Meter (UFM)

    The objective of the project was to design, manufacture and qualify a high accuracy flow meter for a liquid propulsion system. The flow meter should be non-intrusive in essence and should be able to measure the flowrate of propellants feeding the thrusters with a target accuracy better than 0.1%FS during the Liquid Apogee Engine Firing (LAEF).

  • Waveguide Lens Antenna

    The Waveguide Lens Antenna works like an optical lens, but for microwaves. The project has proven that it is a new component that will improve wireless communication.

  • Applications layer QoS in DVB-RCS systems

    The main goal of this project by Indra is to provide an overall network performance characterization for different configurations of a DiffServ/DVB-RCS integration architecture.

  • My Home Town TV

    DiviTel wants to deliver the promise of home town video by satellite and over the internet. Satellite will be used both as a distribution medium, to get the broadcasters material to the service providers, and as a delivery platform for internet and DVB-based video.

  • CampNet

    CampNet is a project developing and validating a nomadic communication service tailored to the needs of caravan, campervan and motorhome users. The system, based on the Sat3Play technology, provides a unique European-wide communication solution for TV, Internet and VoIP.

  • PocketSAT: Satcom Enabled PDA via Software Radio

    Under the project technologies and key components for a new miniature satellite communications terminal known as "PocketSat" are developed.

  • Sunrise

    The Sunrise project concerns the development and operation of a platform which can deliver varied content to users in Europe and, eventually, to nearly all major cities around the world. Content providers will be able to broadcast material as and when needed and the cost of broadcasting will be reduced still further as the audience is widened. The dramatic increase in potential audience size and the reduction in the cost of broadcasting mean that more businesses can take advantage of this new technology to deliver their material.

  • Study of Satellite Role in 4G Mobile Networks

    The specific study objectives of this project are many, but they can all be summarized by asking the following simple question: 'Is there a business case for MSS in the fourth generation of mobile networks?'

  • PERISCOPE: True Perspective on the Role of Satellite Broadband in Bridging the Digital Divide

    The project aims to carry out an assessment on the applications of satellite broadband - actual and potential. Assessment material will be based on a benchmarked study of Irish perceptions and attitudes on aspects of satellite broadband use and service provision.

  • TeLeCare

    TeLeCare project was dedicated to the development, validation and deployment of the March Networks home telehealth solution to be delivered over two-way satellite networks. This solution enables remote nursing visits and vital sign monitoring through fully interactive voice, video and data transmission, and will target healthcare service delivery in rural and remote areas.

  • SchoolCast

    The objective behind SchoolCast is to plan, design, implement and pilot a content delivery system, whereby a variety of multimedia files (internet, video, audio, image) could be multicast to a set of Irish secondary schools using a 2-way satellite infrastructure, and cache the files at the school server for fast local access.

  • BrandTV

    BrandTV is a service platform allowing production and distribution of tailored content (such as logos, banners, text, images, etc.) to be displayed on screens in the different betting shops in combination with the live video of the horse races and greyhound races. The multimedia screen format is generated at SIS' broadcast hub using professional standard equipment, rendered as a composite video screen, MPEG encoded, and broadcast out to all receivers simultaneously. Although this enables SIS to present a set of multimedia formats for their customers there is just one centrally created multimedia format available.

  • Almedia Satellite Enablement

    Almedia is a multi-media content management system that allows broadcast quality video content to be stored, browsed and retrieved from a central multimedia server.

  • eLearning of DVB

    The objective of the "eLearning of DVB" project is to host a set of web based training (WBT) courses on Digital Video Broadcasting with a special emphasis on Satellite DVB.

  • The OTV Channel

    Development and pilot operations for a point-of-sale television channel allowing personalisation through multimedia contents originated by subscribers via a web interface. Operation of the OTV Channel includes acquisition of video contents, MPEG encoding of videos, uplinking and distribution, reception by BrandBoxes STB, operation of On-Line Picture Messaging and helpdesk.

  • Converters Receivers Evolution Programme Follow-on

    This project is RUAG Aerospace Sweden's (formerly Saab Ericsson Space) follow-on to the Converters Receivers Evolution Programme with the ambition to cover important remaining areas needed for efficient flight production and provide more complete equipment.


    The project aims to develop and to qualify a new version of the PROP module that is used in the Spacebus4000 platform for telecom satellite. The PROP module implements electronics for the control and the monitoring of the propulsion valves. The re-designed module is named PROPA and takes advantage of the experience gathered on the SB4000 satellites.

  • Building Blocks for Cost-Effective GSM over DVB-RCS

    The project has brought forward key enabling technologies for a new generation integrated satellite-cellular system targeting rural deployments. This includes a low cost, low power 1TRX GSM radio and bandwidth efficient GSM-over-IP-over-DVB/RCS integration for low opex GSM backhaul.

  • C-Band ISO/HEMI Coverage Antennas

    The objective of this activity is to develop a set of C-band TTC and Feeder Link antennas with ISO / Hemi coverage.

  • Development of a Sealed Brush Gear Motor for deployment mechanism

    The activity aims to develop an EM of a Sealed Brush Gear Motor (SBGM) to fulfil an appendage deployment function, based on the Sealed Brush DC motor background and heritage obtained in the frame of the METOP contract 16278 "Development of a sealed Brush DC motor".

  • ACCESS 3

    The first objective of the Access 3 project was to strengthen Newtec's Sat3play Product Line for the consumer market, the second being to ensure a complete product portfolio. Two key capabilities required for the consumer market resulted from the reoriented ACCESS 3 Project: Capability of Mass Production, and Capability of Do-It-Yourself installation of the Sat3Play terminal.

  • Technical Assistance for Iris Communication Standards Evaluation - University of Salzburg

    The University of Salzburg will assist the Iris project by developing and simulating models of the air traffic situation with respect to the time-frame of 2013 and 2025.

  • SatFlow Concept Demonstration

    The objective of the the SatFlow Concept Demonstration project is to develop a new product line called SatFlow. SatFlow will offer operational benefits to terrestrial broadcasting tower operators for broadcasting digital television to both classical fixed television receivers and to mobile handheld terminals.

  • SAMARA - Analysis and Definition Phase of Satellite System for Artes 10 (Phase A)

    The overall objective of the SAMARA project is to provide a thorough Phase A analysis of satellite communications options for providing Air Traffic Communication services, identifying the necessary subset of the overall system to support qualification of the services.

  • PathFinder 1A

    The PathFinder 1A project intends to launch an attached payload as a first demonstrator of space AIS capacity. For this purpose, an attached payload has been developed, to be launched along with SarLupe-3 satellite on the COSMOS 3 launcher.

  • Adaptation of CX-OLEV to SMART-OLEV

    A system PDR was successfully completed with ESA in February 2006 for the CX-OLEV mission, a GEO on-orbit servicing system which extends the mission lifetime of GEO telecom satellites. As this system is now based on a SMART-like platform, this study is being carried out in order to achieve the same level of maturity with new spacecraft. This adaptation study has been restricted only to the SENER responsibilities in the project lead by SSC.

  • S-Band High Power Diplexer

    The objective of the project was to develop, manufacture and qualify an S-band diplexer with high demanding electrical performances such as PIM, Multipaction and Power Handling for satellite application.

  • Eutelsat EDRS phase 0 study

    The EDRS (European Data Relay Satellite) Service Provider Study was carried out by Eutelsat with the aim of investigating both technical and commercial aspects of the EDRS system from the Satellite Operator?s perspective. The EDRS mission and architectures analysed in this study are primarily compatible with the service delivery of data relay and data repatriation/dissemination for GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) as well as data relay applications for the ISS (International Space Station). There are numerous additional services which can be offered by the system and these include data relay transfer for other Earth Observation (EO) missions, UAVs (Unmanned Arial Vehicles) or Launchers.

  • Final presentation of the IABG

  • Telespazio EDRS phase 0 study

    The study is focused on the business viability of a Data Relay System (DRS) mission. Once defined a detailed market segmentation and the related classes of services that a DRS mission can provide will be given. The following activities have been performed: Definition of DRS mission drivers; Mission analysis to define a system architecture; Definition of a business plan.

  • Superconductive Materials For Electric Propulsion Systems (SCEP)

    The aim of the activity is to theoretically and experimentally study and address the potentiality of superconductor materials to be implemented in space electric propulsion units, helping to overcome limitations or enhance performances of the current conventional devices present on such units.

  • Technical Assistance for Iris Communication Standards Evaluation - DLR

    The main objective of the project is to provide technical support to ESA during the current Phase A of the Iris programme.

  • ATSIG - Automated Troubleshooting of SatCom Ground Equipment

    ATSIG aims to develop an Auto-Troubleshooting system on top of the market-leading Carrier Monitoring System SIECAMS from Siemens Space Business.

  • MMSA: Mobile Multimedia Satellite Antennas

    The goal of the MMSA project is the development and market assessment of flat multiband antenna front-ends for vehicular terminals.

  • ICOS - Iris Communications System Design Study Phase-A

    The overall objective of the ICOS Project is to analyse and define a technical solution for the satellite communication standard able to meet the stringent performance requirements for Air Traffic Communication services (ATS/AOC).

  • SC1000 Field Terminal

    The SC1000 Field Terminal project has the objective to improve the SDS-Mk2 satellite based narrowband data services for mobile and static applications. A new terminal is built with lower power consumption, remote configuration and monitoring, L- and S-band support and extra features. The base station and over the air protocol are redesigned to support the new SC1000 terminal.

  • Development of GEO Ka-Band Multimedia System (Domino 2)

    This satellite system shall support a flexible, efficient and high capacity two-way data exchange scheme with data transfer in real and non-real time, and in bursty and non-bursty modes, to a large number of end-users using fixed terminals.

  • SARFOS - Search And Rescue Forward Operation Support System

    The purpose of SARFOS is to develop a forward emergency response coordination and communication system using a combination of the latest technology in the field of integrated satellite and terrestrial communication, navigation and information databases.

  • Satellite Data Service (SDS) Mark-2

    The SDS-Mk2 project aims to develop the foundation for a commercial solution to satellite based narrowband data services for mobile and static applications. This includes the development of end user solutions especially a "trailer pack" and a "metering pack" for gas meter monitoring and read-out, the development of algorithms and implementation in software to gain additional link margin to enable the service to operate over geostationary satellites with a hemispheric beam and a low G/T, the development of a new core satcom technology dubbed "SpaceChecker Open Satcom Core SOSC" which offers the features and flexibility required by the European market.

  • Integrated QoS and Resources Management in DVB-RCS Networks: Alcatel Space

    The project objectives are to define and evaluate various scenarios for QoS support in future integrated satellite/terrestrial networks.


    IGEA SAT (Integrated General E-care Access for homecare via SATellite) provides an interactive tele-homecare solution to chronic patients in their homes, using a dedicated Set Top Box with IP interface, that is connected via satellite or terrestrial ADSL to a Telemedicine service centre. Both content and interface of the IGEA-SAT application are tailored to the specific patient (e.g. agenda, medical data, educational videos). The system provides three different applications: Tele-Monitoring, Video Assistance, and Video Edutainment.

  • BGAN Extension Phase 1

    The Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) system has been specified to support point to point telecommunication services on portable and semi fixed land mobile platforms with low to medium gain non-tracking antennas

  • PCDU LEO Telecom

    The goal of the project is to design, develop and qualify a Power Conditioning and Distribution Unit (PCDU) dedicated to the telecom market based on a constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). One Electrical Model (EM), one Electrical Qualification Model and on test equipment (EGSE) will be manufactured in the frame of the contract. The target industrial project is the GlobalStar second constellation of satellites.

  • Small GEO Mission Phase 0+A

    The objective of the study is to define a possible telecommunication mission for a Small GEO Platform to be implemented in partnership with a satellite operator that will undertake the commercial exploitation.

  • DVB-RCS Transmitter

    The project was concerned with the development of a DVB-RCS transmit module to provide a satellite return channel for the Consumer Electronics market. Activities included the development of a pHEMT GaAs MMIC process (FD25) based on a 6? wafer, stepper-based technology followed by the subsequent characterisation and creation of models followed by the design and characterisation of the MMICs. To achieve the stringent performance requirements for out-of-band rejection, a no-tune filter was developed. Cost-effective integration of MMICs and filter into the modules is presented. Finally, the performance of a number of modules assembled using standard low-cost manufacturing techniques was evaluated.

  • Actuator Drives Electronics (ADE5)

    The aim of this project is the improvement of ADE4 performance and adaptability to Eurostar 3000 SX spacecraft and cost savings in order to offer an enhanced competitiveness.

  • Micro Electro-Mechanical Louvers for Thermal Radiators

    The Thermal Louvers developed by MAGNA Steyr are a low mass micro-engineered device based on Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. The MEMS Louvers are designed to be controlled by solar radiation temperature and to protect a radiator against external thermal fluxes (> inverse Thermal Louvers).

  • Resources Management using Adaptive Fade Mitigation Techniques (FMT) in DVB-RCS Multi-Beam Systems

    The study aims to identify, analyse, simulate, optimise and demonstrate resource management (RM) schemes for adaptive fade mitigation techniques.

  • Study of Payload Architecture Concepts based on New Enabling Technologies

    The aim of this study is to identify new RF payload output section architecture concepts for the forward link of the next generation of broadband multimedia payloads in Ka-band.

  • C-Band OMT

    The project intention is to design, manufacture and qualify a dual TX/RX C-Band OMT, which will complete the work already initiated two years ago with another ARTES 4 activity: "C-Band Low Mass feed".

  • Preparation for Internet to Trains Initiative: Broadband on Trains, Analysis of the Opportunity and Development Roadmap

    The objective of this project is to outline a sustainable service which can be commercially exploited by European train operators at an affordable cost to passengers and service providers.

  • SS-IOTS: Spread Spectrum In-Orbit Test System

    The goal of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of the Spread Spectrum In- Orbit Testing concept based on the following objectives: traffic, accuracy, test duration, spin off and drift orbit.

  • AlphaSat TDP#4: T6 Ion Thruster

    The Phase A study is to confirm the feasibility of the T6 Technology Demonstration Payload (TDP) for AlphaSat by the end of July 2006.

  • Alphasat TDP#2: Optical Deep Space Link (O-DSL) Technology Demonstrator

    The objective of this phase A study is to confirm the feasibility of the Alphasat TDP#2 technology demonstrator as defined by CSAG and ESA.

  • Alphasat TDP#6 Feasibility Study - Star Tracker

    The objective of the project is to establish the Phase A documentation to enable the opportunity to flight an APS Star Tracker as Technology Demonstration Payload (TPD) on AlphaSat.

  • Alphasat TDP#3: 2-Phase Deployable Radiator

    The objective of this project is to develop large deployable radiators which will meet the power dissipation requirements for new upcoming spacecrafts.

  • Alphasat TDP#5: Q/V Band Payload

    The project aim is to assess the feasibility of realizing one of the Technological Demonstration Payloads (TDP), to be hosted aboard the Alphasat satellite (the main passenger of which will be a proper operational payload).

  • Broadband to Trains

    In this project 21Net designed, built and trialled a Wi-Fi access system connected to an interactive satellite terminal for use on trains with the capability to support broadband internet and intranet access as well as local multimedia content such as short films, up-to-the minute news, etc. The initial target market is high-speed trains in Western Europe where journey times allow for its use. The 21Net system addresses the needs of train passengers, especially business passengers, and allows them to access the internet, their email and corporate VPNs.

  • Low Loss, High Power Dielectric Filters

    The objective is to demonstrate the low loss, mass and volume reduction for a high power filter at Ku Band using advanced dielectric material, considering all the high power issues.


    DELTASS is a mobile telemedicine demonstrator designed to improve the efficiency of the management of rescue, first aid and emergency operations in disaster telemedicine contexts such as earthquakes or large explosions. The DELTASS system enables the mobile paramedical or medical teams to coordinate their actions towards victims, to generate and transmit localisation and medical data directly from the disaster area to a coordination centre in an automatic and easy way, using adapted light space-backed equipment. DELTASS system allows also distant medical equipment or image manipulation and real time telediagnosis by specialised medical doctors at remote sites.


    The potential benefit of SANTTSUR to surgeon trainees will be in providing an interactive learning environment and high quality learning materials at the workplace. Important to these trainees and Surgical Tutors, all with busy schedules, is that no time is wasted travelling to a different location. The course is delivered via satellite through 30 high quality, live, interactive TV programmes over a period of a year to selected hospital centres, based on a modular syllabus that is complementary to the Royal College of Surgeons of England's (RCSEng) established course materials.


    The main objective of the "Web Global Medical System" (WEBGMS) is the availability of a common base of multimedia data relevant to any patients in remote sites. A package delivery service has been used to multicast informative video clips and content from a pharmaceutical firm evaluating the system for commercial use. Virtual community has been represented in the pilot base by 35 hospitals in Europe collaborating with scientific associations in the field of Marrow Transplant and Haematology.

  • OSCAR: Optically-pumped Space Cesium Atomic Resonator

    The project OSCAR (Optically-pumped Space Cesium Atomic Resonator) aims to develop a concept of industrial compact optically pumped cesium atomic beam standard exhibiting superior frequency stability as compared with its commercial counterparts, namely, magnetically pumped cesium clocks.

  • I-Garment

    I-GARMENT is aimed at developing fullbodied smart garments equipped with sensors to monitor position, vital signals (temperature and heart beat) of the agents. This information will be sent via a wireless link to Civil Protection Officers in the HQ, processed and returned to the field officers equipped with PDAs and/or TabletPCs. The project will develop a service for the Portuguese Civil Protection to accurately and effectively manage the human resources on the field in near real-time, guaranteeing the service will work even when terrestrial communications are unavailable.

  • Alphasat TDP#8: Environment and Effects Facility (AEEF)

    In the proposed experiment, radiation effects that are important for instrument and spacecraft design are studied by employing several technology experiments in conjunction with radiation monitoring instruments.

  • Alphasat TDP#1: Broadband Data Relay

    The objective of the Alphasat TDP#1 - Broadband Data Relay project is to verify the performance of a 2 Gbps optical LEO-to-GEO link in-orbit as part of an experimental broad-band data relay transmitting a 300 Mbps user data stream from Tandem-X to ground.

  • Alphasat TDP#7: Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop Flight Experiment

    The project objective is to fly a Mechanically Pumped Fluid Loop loop Flight Experiment (MPFL-FX) as Technology Demonstrator Program (TDP) on the Alphasat mission.

  • Earth Sensing for FDIR Feasibility Assessment

    The objectives of this project are to demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of using low-cost detectors to sense the atomic oxygen airglow of the atmosphere from space, and estimate the performance of a low-cost earth sensor that uses this concept.

  • Development of Ground Equipment for Atmospheric Propagation Assessment from 10 up to 90 GHz

    This activity developed the ?Atmospheric Propagation and Profiling System? (ATPROP) advanced ground-based microwave radiometer, for radiowave propagation assessment at Ku, Ka, Q/V and W bands.

  • Sky Eye Spy

    SKY EYE SPY (SKISPI) is a system that adds an additional level of security to data transmitted over a satellite communications link. This project aims to produce a prototype system capable of either permitting or refusing access to digital data dependent on the location of the person, or system, that is making the request for access. The system will combine methods of encryption with the latest high sensitivity GPS receivers and will be directly applicable to a variety of satellite communication services, ranging from TV broadcasts to business (point to point) transmissions.

  • OPASKEP (Optimisation of NS, EW Station-Keeping Manoeuvres for GEO Satellites using Electric Propulsion)

    The project objective is to develop optimal guidance laws for full electric propulsion station-keeping of GEO satellites with their corresponding thrusters accommodation architectures.

  • Novel Intra-System Interference Mitigation Techniques and Technologies for Next Generation Broadband Satellite Systems

    This study was motivated by the need to investigate new techniques for the capacity improvement of multimedia broadband satellite systems. In particular, the use of satellite systems with large numbers of beams and operations at a higher frequency limits the system performance interference. Hence, techniques which go beyond ACM in mitigating interference and improving system throughput were the objectives of this work.

  • Multimedia Terrestrial Infrastructure / Services Evolution and the Role of Satellites

    The project should enable a complete understanding of the key trends and markets of the present and next generation of multimedia services.

  • PRIS - Prediction of Ionospheric Scintillations

    Within this project, GPS measurements at high sampling rates (50 Hz) have been recorded in both high and low latitude regions. A data base has been constituted. These data have been used to derive the scintillation characteristics and improve scintillation models.

  • Multimedia market survey

    The study aims to understand the actions needed to foster multimedia service take-up, and its implied benefits, on a worldwide basis.

  • HPS in Home

    The Healthtrack Professional Service in Home (HPS in Home) aims to provide professional healthcare services to general practitioners directly to their home. This is achieved by utilising the Sky Digital TV platform to deliver the service as an interactive television (iTV) application. The HPS in Home service is planned ultimately to meet many of the continuing medical education needs of healthcare professionals.

  • Central Tube: Alcatel/SAAB

    This project is devoted to the pre-development of Alphabus Central Tube (@CT), equipment which belongs to the structure subsystem of the Alphabus spacecraft.

  • Electroless Silver

    The objective of this project is to finish the development of Polymer Kompositers electroless silver plating process, identify potential customers and make it commercially available.

  • SDRRCS: Software Defined Radio for Regenerative Communications Satellites

    The SDR-RCS project aims to develop a software defined radio prototype platform designed for regenerative satellite communications. The platform is capable of upgrading and reconfiguring itself to adapt to current and emergent signalling standards.

  • Low Speed Serial Bus (LSSB)

    The Low Speed Serial Bus (LSSB) project aims to reduce the mass of the harness connected to the MPM (Microwave Power Module) and convert most of the parallel signals into serial signals.

  • Web-based Remote Monitoring Rider 2

    In the Web-RM2 study new visualisation concepts for ESA's Mission Control system SCOS-2000 are developed.

  • IP-friendly cross-layer optimization of adaptive satellite systems

    The goal of Indra's project is to investigate how providing cross-layer information may help upper layers to take full advantage of this innovative physical layer solution.

  • Expanding Market Opportunities with New functionality (EMON)

    The EMON project is an evolution of the DVB-RCS product portfolio at Nera, with the aim of "Expanding Market Opportunities with New functionality".

  • Bypass Removal

    The bypass Removal project aims to improve battery reliability, reduce its total price by at least 30 %, reduce significant weight/volume at battery level and shorten the battery manufacturing lead time.

  • Sat-n-Surf

    Sat-n-Surf aims to take the results of Sat@Once, a previous ARTES 3 project, and enhance it with additional tools and means to become a full-sized new broadcasting medium, on a par with popular radio or television. Through the Casablanca technology, Sat-n- Surf exploits the broadcasting capability of the satellite to transmit the same information to all listeners. This approach is the opposite to the familiar point-to-point approach (unicast) of the Internet, where data goes from one source to only one destination. Sat-n-Surf acts as a "virtual matchmaker". On the local PC of the user the application, a "Magic Mirror" runs that matches together the personal interests of any given user and profiles of the content that is sent by satellite. The Magic Mirror "catches" all the information of the day that may be of interest to his master.

  • SDMB Radio Phase A

    The Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (SDMB) System intends to implement a multicast layer over unicast terrestrial 3G UMTS.

  • Integrated GNSS and Mobile Communication Terminal - NAVCOM

    NAVCOM is the development and demonstration of an Integrated Navigation / Mobile Communication User Terminal .

  • European non dissipative Bypass

    Some main objectives of developing the bypass switch are to avoid US export licenses, limit inspection costs and shorten the procurement lead time by having a European manufacturer.

  • Requirements for Wideband Aeronautical Services

    The scope of the proposed activity is to investigate the commercial and technical feasibility of a higher capacity system for Aeronautical services. Such a system would provide business class passengers' connections up to 2 Mb/s.

  • Modeling for Electric Propulsion Effects: Lessons Learnt on ARTEMIS

    The objective of this study is to formally capture the history and lessons learnt from the ARTEMIS electric propulsion experience, from the Platform Prime and Spacecraft Operator perspective.

  • Satcom for ATM

    The main objective of this study by CNES is to determine if satellite based systems could be considered as economically viable solutions for safety aeronautical communication services.

  • Advanced In-Orbit Test System

    This project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of the Advanced In-Orbit Testing concept based on the following objectives of: in-orbit test time reduction, accuracy, spin off and drift orbit.

  • C-Band Feed Horn

    The main objective of the program was the qualification of a low mass and very high power corrugated feed for C-band telecom applications.

  • Compact Ku-Band aeronautical antenna for commercial airliners

    ERA's new low profile antenna is the first array based design to operate in both the Ku-Band RX and Ku-Band TX bands using a single aperture capable of scanning up to 70º off boresight.

  • Stand Alone Ka-Band Down-Converter and Receiver

    The aim of Alcatel's program is to fill their frequency converters portfolio with competitive and flexible Ka-band designs matched with customers most current needs in terms of frequency ranges, performance, and unit functionality. Created on 14 September 2006

  • Flexible reflector antennas in the context of European Telecommunication strategy - A feasibility study

    The purpose of this work is to study and quantify the properties, advantages and limitations provided by a shaped dual reflector equipped with a reconfigurable surface when applied to a realistic mission scenario in Ku band.

  • C-Band Low Pass Filter

    The main objective of the program was the qualification of a very high power C-band low pass filter for telecom or TT&C application, with high rejection up to Ku band and compact design construction.

  • DVB-S(2)/DVB-RCS broadband mobile system

    The main objective of Space Engineering SpA is to in-depth analyze possible techniques for adapting DVB-S2 / DVB-RCS standards to mobile systems operating at Ku- or Ka-bands whilst retaining, as much as possible, backward compatibility with current version of the standards.

  • Switch Matrix with Fibre Optical Interface

    The aim of the project is to develop a Switch Matrix with Fibre Optical Interface which fits in the multimedia ground terminal as a central unit. Receive signals are collected from all the antennas with Low Noise Block Converters (LNC) and distributed free on demand to numerous outputs.

  • Cooled Low Noise Amplifier Implementation on Large Platforms

    The objective of this project is to define the best cooled LNA thermal control design and accommodation for Alphabus.

  • NGM SatSys

    The NGM SatSys project aims to develop improved throughput satellite telecommunications networks.

  • ILS

    The ILS project aims to integrate the SIECAMS interference detection technology with state-of-the-art geo-location techniques to support the satellite communications market in terms of rapidly detecting satellite operator interference.


    The GWVAS project is dedicated to developing and operating on a trial basis a Value-Added Application Server which will meet both current and future application needs employing the GlobalWave wireless system. GlobalWave is an end-to-end satellitebased packet data system, which operates with a variety of existing L-band geostationary satellites, and provides tracking, monitoring and control and short message services to a wide variety of fixed and mobile assets.

  • GigaManPack

    The GigaManPack project aims to provide a more highly integrated terminal than currently available by taking advantage of MPEG-4 video and MPEG-2 audio encoding techniques. It either transmits directly via satellite using a DVB transport stream, including encryption, or uses locally available telecommunications connections. The terminal also incorporates electronic hardware to provide antenna control with auto-pointing and auto-acquisition software. It incorporates a communication modem to provide remote order wire capability and talkback facilities if desired.

  • Web-Sat DVB-S2 Upgrade

    The project objective is to upgrade the Web-Sat interactive satellite system for IP access to the DVB-S2 standard to allow a more efficient use of satellite bandwidth and significantly improve the commercial position of Web-Sat in the marketplace. The project includes a pilot phase with integration of existing services with a set of services developed under the specific scope of this project.


    The EODIS network and services are being developed with the aim to disseminate the large amount of EO products coming from the Ground Segments of several Acquisition Stations. This will establish a complete end-to-end data distribution service over a satellite link complemented by a terrestrial network (Internet) used to transfer protocol control messages.

  • eWave VideoServer

    eWave VideoServer is an interactive telelearning system based on MHP. It is especially designed to educate operators of highly complex technical equipment. Operators will be able to work with the technical equipment by using the simulated user interface on the TV. A high quality video image provides a detailed view of the equipment. Direct connection of sensors allows visualisation of the main parameters on the TV screen. Through the standard IP return channel it is possible to interact with the equipment and to simulate failure situations, enable failure identification and perform recovery actions.

  • Multi-PID

    The "Multi-PID" project has developed and demonstrated a state-of-the-art, fully automated system to allow multiple DVB broadcast satellite channels to be filtered, processed and monitored in order to supply content playout information to be reported back to the content owners. The Multi-PID platform provides a comprehensive and cost-effective method of monitoring all of the main European broadcast channels, which is far more efficient than a pan-European terrestrial monitoring network.

  • The Lift Channel

    The IHT Lift Channel system enables multimedia clips for any purpose to be assembled and then simultaneously transmitted via satellite to any number of remote locations across Europe. The content, distributed via satellite, is then presented on screens within the client building. This may include a lift compartment. Any kind of media can be displayed from moving video with audio, to still pictures and graphics. The system can be used for advertising purposes and many different applications such as information sharing, the provision of safety information and topical news relevant to a particular organisation.

  • Wired Ocean Pilot Service

    Wired Ocean's objective is to significantly improve the availability of internet access from ships at sea. Compared to existing systems the Wired Ocean system has the potential to increase internet access speeds by a factor of ten and to reduce costs by 70% to 90%. The chosen technology is a 'hybrid' of broadband Ku-band satellites for the downlink and narrowband mobile satellites (or cellular) for the uplink. A specialised client server is developed (the Wired Ocean Satellite Broadband Server) to manage the communications sessions at the ship end. The server interfaces to a tracking TV receive only (TVRO) antenna to receive the downlink and to a narrowband terminal for the uplink.

  • Wired Ocean

    Under this project access technologies using cost-effective broadband IP-based communications services are developed to establish asymmetrical broadband communications to ships. The project envisages the development and validation of two possible product/service configurations that would allow the use of higher frequency bands and their associated increased bandwidth to enable broadband communications, TV access and telephone service.

  • 2EDIBS

    EDIBS® is a DVB-compliant technology of embedded content transmission, partly based on MHP. It works with most MHP-compliant set-top boxes equipped with a hard disk without any hard- or software adaptations. The combination of embedded content enables broadcasters to embed additional video clips of an unlimited size and in broadcast quality into their TV programme without requiring additional transmission bandwidth. Once additional content is transmitted, it is received and managed by the MHP-compliant EDIBS client application. The broadcaster defines the criteria for viewers to be able to make use of this additional content.


    ESEMAR is a system providing one and two-way satellite interconnectivity and associated applications for on-board and on-shore solutions for maritime travel and tourism. ESEMAR offers a suite of multimedia networking services such as Fast Internet, Thematic Interactive Channel, Multimedia Content Delivery, Symmetric Conference and Telephone/fax over IP. Two principal market segments are being considered: cruise liners and ferry lines.

  • SatServ

    The SatServ project aims to provide a real time chart updating service, including new chart editions; access to maritime navigational information, such as weather and tidal information; and required input for the weather routing system. With this system, C-MAP aims to become a one-stop shop for all nautical information necessary for the mariner. The SatServ project intends to enable C-MAP to improve online access to navigational information via a single communication terminal. The project aims to make use of customers' already installed Satcom platform, to reduce costs and to avoid any need for extra equipment.

  • World-Link

    This project provides end-users who have standard UMTS terminals with new exciting services through satellite based multicasting of multimedia content to Base Stations of cellular networks. The integration between UMTS access technology and satellite IP broadcasting requires the insertion, in each base station necessary for UMTS coverage, of a parabolic satellite antenna and an equipment box able to adapt satellite transmission stream to the suitable UMTS channel. The box is interconnected through the appropriate open UMTS interfaces to the network, in order to allow the UMTS operator to manage the offered services.

  • Asset Management

    The purpose of the Cast4All Content Conductor software suite developed in this project is to create a complete turnkey solution for satellite-based content distribution management in general, and digital cinema networks in particular. The system provides a fully integrated solution for the operation of such networks, including reliable and secure transmission, and also network management, distributed content management, dynamic scheduling, and allocation of resources. It also implies a distributed system with zero-administration effort at the remote sites.

  • SpaceForScience

    SpaceForScience aims to facilitate the scientific cooperation in Europe, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe, by providing virtual, collaborative working and education applications for research institutions, via either fast academic networks or bidirectional satellite links. The goal of SpaceForScience is to enable distant centres all over Europe to connect, meet, work, teach and learn wherever their geographical position, thus enabling isolated institutes to enter into the cooperative research, education and technology transfer networks.

  • BizSmart SAT

    The project aims at the development of a unique software tool, based on INNOVIS' BizSmart" workflow and Enterprise Application Integration platform and utilising satellite communication technologies. The new tool allows the execution of tasks and process steps anywhere in the world, irrespective of the communications device the task assignee has access to. The BizSmart SAT system will be targeted at large corporations and organisations, willing to set-up their own workflow and integration suite and will practically allow them to 'satellite-enable' all of their existing software applications.

  • In-Flight Reporting Tool

    The objective of the project is to provide a reporting system which will enable the in-flight reporting of airline operational data over satellite communication systems. The reporting system will provide the Flight Crew and Cabin staff with the ability to issue reports during all phases of flight. A ground based server will make the reports available to authorised personnel and legacy airline systems in real time over the Internet. The ability to transfer important data en route means the aircraft turnaround cycle will be performed more efficiently.

  • REMSAT II Phase 3

    Phase 3 of the REMSAT II program expands the capabilities of the system developed and deployed under the preceding REMSAT II program phases. The primary area of development is the monitoring and surveillance capabilities required for checking rivers that are prone to flooding. The system consists of a portable weather station, a system for flow monitoring and a series of surveillance cameras deployed along the river to monitor the rise. The current methods of measuring snow pack melt rates and snow cover will be further developed using satellite images to improve prediction of potential flood prone areas.

  • Health Information Services

    Health Information Services, brand name Telesana, is a television- and IP-based information platform addressing patients in waiting rooms and doctors in surgeries. Based on two different service versions (Telesana Live Patients and Telesana Professional), the Health Information Services use satellite communication to reach both target groups - patients and doctors - with a mixed content stream of DVB and IP.


    SKYMED is dedicated to develop and operate in a pilot service phase an advanced satellite based eLearning system to support Continuing Medical Education (CME) services. The final objective of the project is the set-up and validation of satellite based high end quality services (not comparable to those available on Internet) and the definition of CME services as part of Telbios' spin-off company portfolio.

  • BirdCom

    The objective of this project is to develop and integrate an airborne user terminal based on satcom, navigation and computing commercial modules. The target market is the ultra-light aviation segment made up of aircraft owners and operators. The terminal will be tested in a real airborne environment with the application software needed for new services provisioning. The produced terminal could also prepare the ground for applications dedicated to the general and commercial aviation market and for employment of other space segments in the airborne environment.

  • EMN

    The European Medical Network (EMN) has been formed to create a distance-learning service for the medical professions in Europe. The EMN platform includes at its core a menu-driven digital satellite broadcast combined with an Internet service. The Pilot project has been launched in order to assess and verify the acceptance of the proposed service by the target groups, the operational and financial feasibility throughout the entire value chain and prepare for the build-up of an operational service.

  • SM@RT

    The SM@RT project ("Satellite medical applications for Regional Terminals") aims at promoting a new interactive telecommunications application ("Video portal"), targeted at the Medical, Scientific and Pharmaceutical communities. The application was designed to support satellite-based distribution of highquality multimedia contents like medical protocol databases, corporate scientific and pharmaceutical agent information materials and video communications.

  • Mobile Web Services Framework

    The Mobile Web Services Framework plans to deliver a product prototype comprising a set of standard web services, which can be deployed on any type of mobile satellite user terminal. The standard services include network performance testing services, a web cam service, a field data retrieval service and a GPS service. Additional web services can be created within the framework, using specific APIs for tight integration with the satellite modem and other devices deployed. A field validation campaign will be executed using a mobile web server connected to the Inmarsat RBGAN terminals.

  • HPS in Surgery

    The Healthtrack Professional Service (HPS) is a satellite based broadband network connecting medical General Practitioners (GPs), hospital consultants and pharmacies with the pharmaceutical industry and other service providers in the sector. The service provides a high-speed channel for the parties to send and receive large quantities of media rich information in the form of text, pictures, video and interactive educational packages.

  • MultiMED

    The MultiMED project is designed around the concept of providing remote access to the high fidelity medical simulation services at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (BMSC). In addition to providing indirect and direct access to the simulator itself, MultiMED adds several layers of context-sensitive information, database and news resources which combine to provide a high quality education and training product suite.

  • SkyLAN: GEO Cluster for Advanced Telecom Services

    The SkyLAN concept consists in splitting functions usually performed by a single large telecommunication satellite among a number of co-located and interlinked smaller satellites. In other words, SkyLAN is a cluster of relatively small satellites that perform an integrated function through a coordinated exchange of information via Inter-Satellite links (ISL).

  • Uranus

    The objective of this project is the definition and development of a universal integrated Ku-band transceiver (CR 1216L), which will be compliant to the Sat Lab specifications.

  • Platform Based Lens Antenna

    The project objective is to design and manufacture VSAT Waveguide Lens Antennas (WGLA) for the Ku-satellite band, 10.75-14.50 GHz.

  • Axial Grooved Heat Pipes Delta Qualification Programme

    The main objective of the project was to perform a Delta Qualification Programme of Axially Grooved Heat Pipes (AGHPs) as requested in the ESA standard PSS-49 (TST-01) Issue 2 (March 2003). The main features of this AGHP technology were transferred from TAIS, Russia to IberEspacio.


    The project DELOS intends to develop the IP-core which will offer an excellent opportunity to accelerate DVB-RCS market growth and remove any technological incompatibilities.

  • ELCOGEO (Impact of electric propulsion on the collocation of geostationary satellites)

    The project objectives are to define collocation requirements and station keeping strategies for geostationary satellites, develop a software tool and a GNCDE-compatible template in MATLAB, and to execute simulated test scenarios.

  • Sky One

    The objective of this activity is the definition and development of a universal integrated 2 watt Ku-band transceiver (KR 1216L) which will be compliant to the Sat Lab specifications.

  • Large Ku-Band Dual Polarized Multi-Contoured Antenna for frequency Re-use

    The main objective of the study is to build and test as an EQM, a partial focal array fully representative in terms of RF, mechanical and thermal performances to the selected baseline solution.

  • SaNTA - Transport Protocol and Communication Resource Management for Mobile Satellite Networks

    The aim is to develop a new transport protocol for the satellite link, which makes it efficient to use satellites in internet-based networks or multimedia applications while maintaining compatibility with existing applications and networks.

  • VoIP Equipment for Satellite Use

    The project aims to address the difficulties of carrying VoIP (Voice over IP) traffic over shared satellite services, especially DVB-RCS. It will result in a commercially saleable device which allows telecom operators to deploy a range of satellite-based commercial services.

  • Eurostar 3000 Structure Enhancement

    Key main expected benefit is to be able to accommodate large propellant tank for heavy missions without the need to use Electric propulsion onboard.

  • MLO

    The objective of this project is to develop frequency generating modules to EQM level. Four different Local Oscillator Modules were defined, ranging from 20MHz to 2.4GHz.

  • L- and S-Band Travelling Wave Tubes (Step 3 and Step 4)

    Within Step 3 of the project TEDG will improve the existing L-Band tube in the 150 W class which is used for the operational satellite system WORLSTAR. The main objectives are efficiency improvement, extending the power class up to 250 W output power, increase of the bandwidth and development of a radiation cooled version.

  • SCOS-2000 MultiSat

    The MultiSat system extends ESA's Mission Control system SCOS-2000. It provides the means required to support more than a single spacecraft per computing node at a given time.

  • 3GNet Sim - Network Simulator for Third Generation Mobile Satellite Systems

    The objectives of this activity are to design, develop, and validate a modular and efficient radio access network simulator for third generation mobile satellite systems; to carry out simulation runs with a view to optimise the simulated system; and based on a thorough analysis of the simulation results, to contribute to the standardisation of the higher layer protocols involved.

  • InfraRed Earth Sensor IRES N2

    The objectives of this project are the study and development of a new version of the InfraRed Earth Sensor IRES based on the extensive in flight experience of previous IRES NE ones.

  • ADAMv2

    The ADAMv2 project aims to extend the features of key components in DVB-RCS hubs. It also aims to provide a new key component: AMCS, which provides essential management and control functions within the hub.

  • APSS - Active Pixel Sun Sensor

    The project objectives are the design, development and qualification of an EQM unit of the APSS -Active Pixel Sun Sensor, together with the definition of flight opportunities for the sensor.

  • ACCESS 2

    The scope of the ACCESS 2 project is the enhancement of the system management tools as well as the functional and hardware integration of the DVB-RCS terminal and POP-router, both activities focusing on the cost reduction objective.

  • Bandwidth-efficient Burst Mode Demodulator

    This development project envisages evolving the previously developed Burst Mode Demodulator, version 1 (BMD-V1), in order to provide the demodulation of a complete bandwidth of 20 MHz, independent of the configuration of the carriers within that bandwidth.

  • iSatTV

    The purpose of the iSatTV project is to establish solid roots for the development of an operational satellite-based interactive TV solution to be successfully deployed in China.

  • IODA: Improvement Of Distress beacon Architecture

    The objective of the project is to propose different axes to significantly lower the cost of COSPAS SARSAT beacons.

  • STD15S-mk2 Infrared Earth Sensor

    The project objective is to develop an improved version of existing Infrared Earth Sensor (IRES) for GEO multimedia satellite application, named STD15S-mk2.This new IRES will be a variant of an already in flight 1553 version (onboard EUROSTAR3000 and EXPRESS-AM satellites).

  • Interactive Broadband DVB-RCS/S OBP Communication System (AMERHIS)

    The initiative is to deploy an advanced communications system based on a regenerative payload on board the AMAZONAS satellite.

  • ALUSAT - Always Up Satellite Terminals

    ALUSAT aims to optimise the operation of 2-way satellite networks by enabling maintenance procedures which minimize operational costs caused by service failures. This will maximise network availability and end user satisfaction.

  • RDIU (Remote Data and Interface Units)

    The objective of this project is the development and qualification of a new version of Remote Data and Interface Units (RDIU) enabling to respond to a larger range of telecommunication payloads in a cost effective manner.

  • Advanced Decoding Algorithms for Satellite Broadcasting

    The main objective of this project is to validate a new decoding algorithm for the DVB-S standard and to check its practical feasibility and possible implementation alternatives.

  • TV Beyond 2000

    TV Beyond 2000 is one of the activities in which ESA has acted in a consultancy capacity to the Vatican Television Centre with the aim of improving their worldwide multimedia service initiatives.

  • TRANSAT - Transport Protocol and Communication Resource Management for Mobile Satellite Networks

    The aim is to develop a new transport protocol for the satellite link, which makes it efficient to use satellites in internet-based networks or multimedia applications while maintaining compatibility with existing applications and networks.

  • Phase Shifter Module

    This project by Alcatel Alenia Space aims at developing a wideband highly integrated phase shifter up to an EQM with an EBB of the driver unit. This equipment will be one of the building blocks of next generation of flexible payloads.

  • Feasibility Study of a Mobile Ku-band System

    Two parallel ESA studies have examined a lower-cost method of providing in-car European-wide satellite radio.

  • RF Product Family for Telecommunications Phase 3

    The project objective is to develop a series of booster amplifiers in C- and Ku band and a 10W C band block upconverter designated for the market of VSAT applications such as communication networks, internet services at remote locations, and backbones for rural telephony etc.

  • RF Product Family for Telecommunications Phase 2

    Developments in the RF product area provide solutions for outdoor equipment in interactive satellite terminals and increase Alcatel's market share.


    The activity consist of a prototype development, technical verification and validation of a satellite-based communication system for managing emergency situations involving the use of earth observation techniques.

  • Thin Film Solar Cell & Panel (SOCL)

    The scope of the activity is to define the flight Thin Film Solar Cell Demonstration Module and to breadboard critical elements.

  • Harmonization of DVB-RCS Management and Control planes (HM&C)

    The project objective is to support the SatLabs working group recently set up to address the harmonisation of management and control planes of DVB-RCS, including the incorporation of a Connection Control Protocol (C2P).

  • Satellite Services in Latin America and Africa based on the DVB-RCS Standard: Telefonica

    The aim of this study is to make an in-depth market, business and technical analysis, identifying and characterizing the most effective and affordable DVB-RCS services in the Latin American region and African continent.

  • High Performance Constant Conductance Heat Pipes (HPCCHP)

    The objectives of @BUS High Performance Constant Conductance Heat Pipe project is to develop, design and test new high performance heat pipes (in the range 500 to 700 Wm) with a limited weight target and constant conductance performances.

  • High Temperature Constant Conductance Heat Pipes

    The interest in heat pipes as a capillary driven heat transfer device is based on its ability to transport thermal energy at high rates and with small temperature gradients. So the main objective of this project is to develop a European High Temperature Constant Conductance Heat Pipe (HTCCHP) for Alphabus, because the present trend is to increase the operational temperature of dissipating units and consequently, the working temperature range of heat pipe networks.

  • High Performance Loop Heat Pipe

    The aim of this project is to design, develop, manufacture and test a High performance Loop Heat Pipe for a deployable radiator (in the frame of AlphaBus program) and large power range applications.

  • WAND (softWare rAdio techNology in space segment stuDy)

    The present study by Atos Origin has focused on if and how the Software Radio (SR) paradigm might be envisaged for satellite telecommunications payloads.

  • Protocols and Signalling for Adaptive Fade Mitigation Techniques (FMT) in DVB-RCS Multi-Beam Systems: Audens ACT

    This project is aimed at the identification, analysis and optimisation of adaptive Fading Mitigation Techniques (FMT) together with the corresponding protocols, signalling information and formats in order to significantly increase the efficiency of future broadband DVB-RCS based satellite systems.

  • Next Generation Antenna - Phase 1 Single Feed Per Beam

    The objective of the Next Generation Antenna (NGA) programme is to generate a range of advanced antenna solutions which meet the evolving Ku and Ka Band market requirements for increased flexibility and performance whilst also increasing value for money.

  • Multimedia market survey

    This project is aimed at providing to ESA a comprehensive understanding and perspective on the developing market for multimedia satellite services, within the context of the broader multimedia industry.

  • Short Messaging Service Study

    The objective of this project is to conduct a study into the feasibility and viability of including a Short Messaging Service (SMS) within Galileo.

  • Planning the Next Generation of Broadcasting Satellites

    This study aims at gaining a good understanding of the likely evolution of satellite broadcasting during the period 2001-2007 in order to adequately plan the required developments for the future generation of broadcasting satellites.

  • Very Low Cost Satellite Interactive Services - Analysys

  • Preparation of Next Generation Universal Mobile Satellite Telecommunication Systems (UMTS) Phase 2 (Alenia)

  • Survey of the Telecommunications Industry in Portugal

    The project defined the major areas for a possible cooperation between the Portuguese telecommunications industry and the Agency and identified the most appropriate initiatives to be set up by ESA Telecom.

  • New Methodologies for Studies & Development Activities in ESA Telecom

    The objective of this activity is to explore the future role of satellites in the context of personal communication beyond the timeframe for communications systems considered implemented in the short to medium term.

  • Market Survey of Eastern Europe

    The study aims at identifying opportunities for European Union satellite operators and service providers in all countries acceding to the European Union in 2004 (Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovak Republic and Slovenia). In addition, a Desk Research study of telecomms capabilities of neighbouring countries (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, FR of Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey) will be carried out.

  • Current State of Space Telecom Technologies Being Developed Outside Europe and Canada

    The scope of this project was to perform a survey of the main companies in competing countries outside Europe carrying out Satellite Communications Systems (SATCOM) technological development.

  • Electric Thruster Based on Plasma Propulsion including Power Processing Unit

    The ultimate technical goal is to qualify for 2006 / 2007 a life capable Hall effect thruster with specific impulse higher than 2500 s (50 % higher than the current state of the art) and a power as high as 5 kW (three times more than the current qualified European Hall effect thrusters).

  • Survey of the Telecommunications Industry in Greece

    The survey moves from the identification of the Companies that are active in the Telecommunication Market and, through the characterisation of each Company profile, aims at defining the major areas for a possible co-operation between the Industry of Greece and the Agency.

  • SRU @BUS

    A new generation of PCU shall be developed in order to improve its competitiveness in terms of mass, efficiency, power modularity and above all cost.

  • Preparation of Next Generation Universal Mobile Satellite Telecommunication Systems (UMTS) Phase 2 (Alcatel)

  • Assessment of radiowave propagation for satellite communication and navigation systems in tropical and sub-tropical areas

    The objective of this study is to improve the knowledge about propagation effects, climatological influence and propagation modelling for Satcom and Satnav systems providing services in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

  • Mobile TV S - Band Repeater

    The Mobile TV S-Band Repeater project aims to develop and qualify S-Band repeaters, ensuring Thales Alenia Space - España's leadership in future S-Band repeaters management opportunities.

  • Light-Weight Deployable Radiator Structure

    The objective of this predevelopment activity for the new large European telecommunication platform is to develop, design, manufacture and test a new generation of deployable radiators with higher thermal performance and lower mass than existing aluminium/honeycomb panels.

  • ESA Scalable Multimedia System [SMM]

    SMM proposes the launch of one or more small-class geostationary satellites, featuring Ka-band spot beam payloads, in order to reduce satellite broadband service costs by an order of magnitude and bring them into line with terrestrial offerings.

  • Very Low Cost Satellite Interactive Services - EMS

  • Location Based Services and Satellite Applications

    The objective of this study is to assess the competitive situation between satellite and terrestrial communications networks in the Location Based Services market in the medium term (2005-2010).

  • Satellite Services In Latin America and Africa based on the DVB-RCS Standard: Sea&Space Exploration

    The main objective of this study is to provide the European industry with pragmatic information and guidelines for the implementation of DVB-RCS services in two target regions, Latin America and Africa.

  • Active Pixel Sensor Based Star Sensor - Jena-Optronik

    The objective of the activity is to develop an Active Pixel Sensor (APS) based star sensor compliant with the Alphabus/Large Platform Development. The pre-development activities are important to reduce the schedule and technical risk of the overall large platform development. The purpose of this activity is to analyse the economic interest, to develop and to test an elegant breadboard of an APS based star sensor.

  • Scalable Multimedia Study - SMM

    The objective of this study is to assess the feasibility and commercial viability of a scalable approach using smaller satellites for providing satellite communication to new markets, services and applications.

  • High-Performance Accelerometer for On-Orbit Autonomy

    The objective of this activity is to assess the feasibility of a high-resolution accelerometer in order to increase the station keeping autonomy in relation with the electric engine of the @BUS platform.

  • Integrated Resources And QoS Management for DVB-RCS Networks: Alenia Spazio

    The Project will demonstrate the concepts and schemes proposed for the end to end integrated communications scenarios, with focus on the provisioning of QoS aware communication services across heterogeneous domains.

  • HDTV Opportunities for Satellite Broadcasting

    The Objective of the Project is the development of a Study on the current status and the expected evolution of High Definition Television deployments via Satellite in the world, with the aim of identifying which are going to be the potential business development of such new applications in Europe and Canada.