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

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

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

Update: Registration now open. ESA's directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (TIA) is organising this workshop dedicated to final presentations of ARTES-supported activities relating to Platform and Ground Segment. 

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

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

Mulcopim 2017 Workshop
5-7 April 2017, ESTEC (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)

The next edition of the International Workshop on Multipactor, Corona and Passive Intermodulation (MULCOPIM) has  been announced. The call for abstracts is now open.

2017 UK Space Conference
30 May to 1 June 2017, Manchester (UK)

Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is an important forum for the UK and international space community, particularly for organisations eager to expand into this growing sector.

 

News

ScyLight Outline Proposal template is now available

New templates now available for ESA's latest ARTES programme element: ScyLight

First SmallGEO mission reaches geostationary transfer orbit

28 January 2017 – The first flight opportunity for the new SmallGEO platform, Hispasat's H36W-1 satellite, was succesfully launched from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, in the early hours of this morning.

SmallGEO media briefing

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

New ARTES programme element dedicated to optical communications: ScyLight

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

Airbus Defence & Space launches SpaceDataHighway challenge

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

 

Latest Projects

KaLQ
Status Date: 17 February 2017
Through the Artes-34 R&D project “KaLQ” with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the two frequency converter units for conversion between Ka- and L-band frequencies. The up- and down-converter units are tailored for use on in a Ka-Band Terminal for Inter Satellite Links.
INSTINCT
Status Date: 31 January 2017
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
Status Date: 30 January 2017
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.
MARF
Status Date: 30 January 2017
High power telecom platforms require the deployment of large appendages like solar arrays, antennas or radiators. In many cases their deployment needs to be speed regulated in order to better control their dynamics but also to avoid excessive latching shocks. This activity has been performed to demonstrate the potential of Magneto Rheological fluids in order to provide tuneable speed regulator solutions. An Engineering Model of a self-standing speed regulator unit, based on Magneto Rheological fluid technology, has been produced and tested.
CHVPS
Status Date: 30 January 2017
The increase of required thrust power will follows the increasing mass and power of future satellite. In the frame of future development, a big challenge consists to develop a high voltage power supply configurable to supply several kind of thrusters.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Closing date: Friday, March 31, 2017
Reference Number: 14.1TT.19
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TF.05
Open date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Closing date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.19
Open date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Closing date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Reference Number: 16.1TT.82
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.01
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