A key role of ESA in telecommunications is to promote R&D activities to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of European industry in the short and long term.
ARTES is the Agency's main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications, and it covers the long-term R&D activities. ARTES activities contain significant amounts of industrial research and technical risk and are therefore fully funded.
Within ARTES, ESA has launched a comprehensive and dedicated element for optical communications, called ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology, pronounced "skylight").
The objectives of ARTES Scylight are:
- to address the development, demonstration and utilisation of innovative optical technologies for satellite communication as well as new market opportunities
- to support industry to develop or seize related market opportunities.
In pursuit of these high-level objectives, ESA will perform system studies and market analyses to derive system/sub-system requirements for optical technologies and to understand the needs of the end-users.
The ARTES ScyLight Work plan specifically addresses these technology and study activities in support of the priorities defined in the Telecommunications Optical Roadmap. The ARTES ScyLight Work plan has been coordinated with other ESA technology programmes.
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
The further development to a space qualified or industrialised product, initiated by Industry, is also supported within the co-funded ARTES ScyLight element in the always open ARTES ScyLight Call for Proposals.
SUMMARY TABLE FOR ALL PLANNED ARTES ScyLight WORKPLAN ACTIVITIES
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.