ARTES Advanced Technology is dedicated to long term technological development of the satcom industry based on ESA's initiative. This element focuses on research and development of new technologies and techniques in telecom satellites, ground and user equipment for future or evolving satcom systems.
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.
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...
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...
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