European Space Agency

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 throughout the technology development process; from the 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 and for international consortia, and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality.

ARTES Core Competitiveness combines two previously independent ARTES elements: ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (industry initiative) and ARTES Advanced Technology (ESA initiative).

News and Events

News and Events

  • 5G4Space

    This activity develops the necessary adaptations of 3GPP terrestrial radio access technologies with potential use in satellite communications. Examples of such technologies are modulations, forward error correction coding techniques, multiple access schemes and interference management techniques. The development of a combined hardware/software...

  • IFM Micro 100

    The proposed activities are to develop the IFM Micro 100, a 100W class electric propulsion thruster based on FEEP technology. It is an externally mounted thruster intended for orbit raising and station keeping of Small-Satellites. Within the project the performance of the thruster will be optimized and the manufacturing line to prepare the IFM...

  • TOmCAT

    To overcome data rate limitations of RF communication links with satellites, the TOmCAT consortium led by TNO envisions terabit class optical communication feeder links for next generation very high throughput satellites. TOmCAT is a project which develops all key technologies to enable Ground Terminals for Terabit/s Optical Feeder Links.