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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

News

Way forward for ESA Telecom following Ministerial Council meeting

3 December 2016 – ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme adds new elements and strengthens existing ones, with an overall subscription of €1.2 billion following the Council meeting at Ministerial Level in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Hispasat 36W-1 now ready to fly

1 December 2016 – The first telecom satellite built using the SmallGEO platform, Hispasat 36W-1, arrived in Kourou today after completing its final tests at IABG in Germany. Preparations are now being undertaken for the January launch on a Soyuz rocket. 

VIDEO: Ministerial 2016: Telecoms

24 November 2016 – Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, discusses the priorities being put forward at forthcoming the 2016 Ministerial Council.

 

Start of service for Europe’s SpaceDataHighway

23 November 2016 - The European Data Relay System began servicing Europe’s Earth observing Copernicus programme yesterday, transferring observations in quasi-real time using cutting-edge laser technology. 

Venture capital available for space-based companies

22 November 2016 – The Seraphim Space Fund of venture capital, currently worth £50 million, is set to boost European small, medium and start-up companies developing space-based applications, services and technologies.

 

Latest Projects

Compact and Scalable Ka band Switch Matrix
Status Date: 25 November 2016
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.
ROADMAP FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGIES BASED PAYLOADS
Status Date: 24 November 2016
HeHPV (Helium High-Pressure Vessel)
Status Date: 22 November 2016
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.
Mobile Terminal Antenna Operating at both KU Band and KA Band
Status Date: 17 November 2016
The project has succeeded in the design, manufacturing and experimental verification of a demonstrator antenna design able to operate simultaneously at both the Ku and Ka-bands. The challenges have proved hard due to the wide bandwidth that the system must cover operationally. The system includes a monopulse output thought for helping in the pointing of such a large antenna bor Ka-band operation. The final system has achieved a very good performance and paves the way for the implementation of these kind of systems at customer premises.
Optical Data Link between ARTEMIS and the OGS on Tenerife
Status Date: 17 November 2016
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.
 

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.66
Open date: Friday, September 16, 2016
Closing date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.81
Open date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Closing date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Reference Number: 16.1TT.82
Open date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Closing date: Monday, December 31, 2018
Reference Number: 16.1TT.69
Open date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Closing date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Reference Number: 16.1TT.14
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