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:
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