Core Competitiveness

ESA's ARTES Core Competitiveness programme helps European and Canadian industry to develop innovative satcom products, services, systems and partnerships. It provides support at any point of the technology development process; from initial idea to a fully-fledged product, system or service.

The programme provides the funding, multi-disciplinary expertise, business knowledge, opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises, international consortia and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality.

ARTES Core Competitiveness merges two formerly self-standing ARTES elements:

ARTES Competitiveness & Growth
ARTES Advanced Technology

News and Events

News and Events


    The aim of the study is to design, manufacture and test an EBB (Elegant BreadBoard) of an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE) for future broadband telecom payloads.

  • Ka-band radio characterisation for SatCom...

    Satellite services in the High North are utilised extensively for both communication purposes and for earth and climate observations. The project results are based on up to three year measurements at 20 GHz with co-sited meteorological data. They suggest that services can be provided with 99 % availability for systems with elevation angles as low...


    The project’s first objective was the development of a Data Collection Platform Transmitter for METEOSAT HRDCP as well as for SRDCP and GOES. The transmitter is an essential component within autonomous DCPs working in environments with little or even no infrastructure for communication and electrical power supply. The second objective was the...

  • High Power Q Band Isolator

    The project was to design, manufacture and test a Q-Band 100 Watt class isolator EM capable to operate in full reverse power.

  • L-Band SSPA

    A high efficiency GaN based SSPA for avionics SATCOM applications has been developed. High efficiency with large HPA output back-off brought in by the Doherty architecture and digital pre-distortion linearisation provides passive cooling, flexibility of installation and size and cost savings.

  • AVAT

    Design and development of a prototype of a low profile aeronautical dual frequency band antenna designed for both Aeronautical Mobile Satellite (Route) Service (AMS(R)S) air-traffic management and other existing aircraft applications.


  • Dietmar Schmitt
    • ARTES contact
    • ESA - ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1
      2200 AG , Noordwijk NH
    • +31 (0) 71 565 3534
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