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21st Ka and Broadband Communications Conference
12-14 October 2015, Bologna (Italy)

This year's conference, of which ESA is a sponsor, will focus on the latest in satellite communications: broadcast, point to point, mobile, internet, data relay, inter-planetary, optical downloading, dual-use systems, and more. Conference programme.

ARTES Final Presentation Days for Platform and Ground Segment
5 - 6 November 2015, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

TIA-T is organising yearly a dedicated forum for giving Industry the opportunity to disseminate the successful results of the activities that have been completed under the ARTES Programme.

Register Now: ARTES Telecom Days - Meet the ARTES team face to face
12 -13 November 2015, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

The ESA Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications is providing the satellite communications industry with a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with Telecommunications Department executives at its European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

ARTES 1 Final Presentation Days 2016
13-14 January 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

The Final Presentation Days represent a unique opportunity to gain a complete overview of recently completed ARTES 1 activities, and to discuss them with colleagues from ESA and other representatives of the satellite telecommunications sector.

3rd ESA Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telecom Payloads
22-25 March 2016, ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands)

The Workshop organisers are now accepting the submission of abstracts. The deadline is 1 December 2015. For more details, see the workshop website.



ARTES 3-4 Megaconstellation Announcement
Provide your intent to submit a proposal

This announcement is an advanced notification to initiate the process between ESA, Industry and National Delegations in the context of a Megaconstellation (MC) which may eventually results in an MC ARTES 3-4 activity.

Tracking marine animals with satcoms

2 October 2015 – Satellite monitoring of wildlife has become a critical tool for environmental research purposes. Through the ARTES programme, ESA has been supporting the development and testing of a new low-cost wildlife tag that uses satcoms technology.

The Vega launcher for telecoms

30 September 2015 – Two ARTES-supported studies of ESA's Vega rocket provide the telecommunications satellite industry with a strategic roadmap for future developments in the highly competetive global launcher market.


Neosat moves into high gear

15 September 2015 – ESA and Thales Alenia Space have signed a contract for the full development and qualification of a new line of satellite platforms called Spacebus Neo. The agreement marks the next phase of the ARTES 14 Neosat programme.

Tackling VSAT interference

10 September 2015 – Satellite operators and service providers are enthusiastic about a novel solution for mitigating interference from VSAT terminals that was developed with the support of ESA under ARTES 5.2.


Latest Projects

Photonic Transceiver for Secure Space Communications
02 October 2015
This project focused on the design, development and testing of a photonic transceiver elegant breadboard which is capable of providing absolute security to cryptographic quantum key distribution (QKD) for secure space communications. In addition, its compatibility with space environment was taken also into consideration in order to establish the operational limits and to identify any design or technological weaknesses for future space applications.
Screw-less Joining and Flange-less Telecommunication Hardware
02 October 2015
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.
Signalhorn Customer Portal
30 September 2015
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
29 September 2015
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
28 September 2015
Thales prepared the next generation of S-Band TWTs with an output power of 500W which is double compared of today’s available products in addition to a large margin to multipaction. The interface and the specification are similar to today’s product respecting the new output power. As far as possible Thales used known materials and technologies in order to keep their long heritage. The product TL2500 enriches the portfolio of Thales.

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Friday, August 7, 2015
Closing date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.39
Open date: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Reference Number: 14.1TT.22
Open date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Closing date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.65
Open date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.79
Open date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TT.53