ARTES 4.0 is the Agency's main programme for technology developments in the field of satellite communications.
Within the ARTES 4.0 programme, ESA implemented a dedicated element for optical communications, photonics and quantum communication, called ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology, pronounced "skylight").
ScyLight is one of 3 Strategic Programme Lines that ESAs Member states have setup to put particular focus on areas like Optical Communications (ScyLight), 4S and Space for 5G.
The objectives of ARTES ScyLight are:
- to address the development, demonstration and utilization of innovative optical technologies for satellite communication as well as preparing for new market opportunities.
- to support industry to develop/extend its manufacturing capabilities and seize related market opportunities.
In pursuit of these high-level objectives, ESA performs system studies, market analyses, initiates developments of technologies defined in the ScyLight Wprkplan and ESA maintains an “always open call” to provide support to activities initiated by industry on their own ideas and developments plans.
ESA organizes regular workshops with industrial stakeholders to foster cooperation and to inform about recent developments and trends in the field of optical communications.
ScyLight is also the home for designing and demonstrating the elements of a “Fibre in the Sky” system – the world first High Throughput Optical Network, called HydRON, aiming for Terabit throughput interconnecting space assets to seamlessly integrate them with terrestrial fibre networks.
SUMMARY TABLE FOR ALL PLANNED ARTES SCYLIGHT WORKPLAN ACTIVITIES
The ARTES ScyLight Work plan specifically addresses technologies and studies in support of the priorities defined in the ScyLight Optical Roadmap.
ARTES activities initiated by ESA deal with strategic developments containing technical risks and are therefore fully funded.
Having registered on esa-star as potential bidder, you can use your received account information to login and download the complete Work plans from EMITS:
Download the SCYLIGHT WORKPLAN from EMITS
In addition to the ARTES ScyLight Work plan, a summary table for all planned ARTES Work plan activities is available for download to registered users residing within participating Member States.
OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL
ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTS FOR C&G, SCYLIGHT, 4S AND 5G
ARTES activities initiated by industry for the commercialization or space qualification of a product are supported by ScyLight on a co-funding basis.
Proposals are confidential and negotiated directly. The corresponding ARTES 4.0 'Call for Proposals' (CfP) is always open. The latest issue is available online on EMITS (Invitation to Tender AO10285). To download the documents, registration on esa-star is required.
Open date: Friday, 03 April, 2020
Closing date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Reference Number: 20.1TT.56
Tender number: AO10285
Last Update Date: Friday, July 24, 2020
Update reason: Modified a Clarification 3
News and Events
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