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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. Registration is now open.

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 has been extended to 31 December 2015. For more details, see the workshop website.



Newtec partners turnkey VSAT platform for Yahsat

25 November 2015 – ESA’s ARTES programme has been instrumental in helping Newtec (BE) to win a contract with UAE-based Yahsat for the delivery of service platforms and operating systems to support that satellite operator's entry into the Brazilian satellite broadband services market. 

ESA and Airbus DS sign Eurostar Neo agreement

17 November 2015 – The contract for full development of Eurostar Neo has been signed today at ESA headquarters in Paris by ESA's Magali Vassiere and Eric Béranger, head of space systems programmes at Airbus Defence and Space, in the presence of Jan Woerner, ESA’s Director General.

Satnav for satcoms satellites

16 November 2015 – Using GNSS for positioning and station keeping is an important breakthrough in geostationary satellite technology.  ESA has been supporting this development by means of a number of activities undertaken within the framework of the ARTES programme.

A new VSAT transceiver for Ka-band

11 November 2015 – With the support the ARTES programme, Skyware developed a versatile Ka-band VSAT transceiver that is now in production and enjoying strong sales, thanks to the growing number of high-throughput Ka-band satellites coming into service.

Atlas in orbit

6 November 2015 – The first three products supported by the Atlas extension to the ARTES 3-4 programme have entered into service on Eutelsat's 8 West B satellite, which was launched 20 August. The launch of these first units represents a major milestone for Atlas, which was initiated in 2013 to support first flight opportunities for new space technologies.


Latest Projects

01 December 2015
The Pleiades project is based on 2 satellite communications modem physical layer development tracks, bringing new IP connectivity solutions to the corresponding 2 market segments: 1 A consumer oriented market on one side (addressed by Newtec’s Sat3Play™ solution, deployed in star VSAT networks). The Sat3Play™ solution is DVB-S2 standard (ETSI EN 302 307) based for forward link and MF-TDMA (Multi Frequency-Time Division Multiple Access) based for the return link with 4CPM (Quaternary Continuous Phase Modulation) modulation. MF-TDMA is excellent when considering statistical multiplexing and overbooking as typically seen in consumer broadband access applications, but the efficiency drops when considering less bursty traffic as, for instance, generated by small office business users. Additionally 4CPM has a very poor air interface efficiency (bps/Hz) compared to higher order modulation schemes as used in DVB-S2. As a goal of the project a complete new technology allowing the use of higher order modulation schemes similar to DVB-S2, but with a much lower packetisation latency and with the flexibility of MF-TDMA to optimise, on a frame per frame basis, the transmit parameters according to the requested traffic and the channel conditions, has been developed. As such the technology allows to adapt per user, on a frame per frame basis, the carrier frequency, the symbol rate, the used MODCOD (Modulation and Coding configuration) and the transmit power. This return link technology will be marketed under the name Mx-DMA (Cross-Dimensional Multiple Access) HRC (High Resolution Coding). 2 High end professional markets on the other side (addressed by Newtec’s Elevation™ products, deployed in point to point networks). The Elevation™ products are DVB-S2 based for both forward and return links. The DVB-S2 standard was released in 2005 and introduced as one of the most advanced modulation and demodulation implementation at that time. The performance improvement compared to the previous DVB-S and DVB-DSNG standard was such that the market quickly and widely adopted the new specification for a number of services and applications. Six years later, new proprietary implementations and technologies are being introduced on the market, competing with DVB-S2 systems and showing that further improvements in bandwidth efficiency are possible. This part of the Pleiades project focuses on the development of DVB-S2 Physical layer improvements (new modulation schemes, new coding schemes) and their implementation on new hardware. This improved DVB-S2 technology is marketed under the name S2 Extensions.
BeamSat: Broadband Access over multi-spotbeam Ka-band satellites
25 November 2015
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.
25 November 2015
The Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library (SPELL, https://sourceforge.net/projects/spell-sat/), 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 (GCS). Thanks to this generality, SPELL increases the productivity of satellite controllers and engineers. EASO (Efficient Automation of Satellite Operations) aims to develop both the satellite procedures and the automatic procedure converter software necessary to extend the use of SPELL to SES’ satellites fleet.
Innovative Technologies or Missions - On-board Optical Beamforming Networks
25 November 2015
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
23 November 2015
Demonstration of a 4N (0.9lbf) bipropellant reaction control thruster.

Latest Invitations to Tenders

Open date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Closing date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.26
Open date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Closing date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Reference Number: 15.1TF.09
Open date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Closing date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.14
Open date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Closing date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.48
Open date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Closing date: Monday, February 15, 2016
Reference Number: 15.1TT.32