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

  • KaUF

    A Ka band feed chain, especially designed for user applications is developed. Dimensions and mass shall be minimised to enable an increased number of feed chains per satellite in order to realise higher data rates.


    The ASCENT project studies spectrum sharing between satellite and terrestrial networks, focusing especially on 5G pioneer bands from 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz and from 24.25 GHz to 27.5 GHz. Licensed shared access (LSA) is considered the most promising approach to implement sharing in pioneer bands. The ASCENT project develops an LSA testbed for these...

  • esaCross

    Critical public infrastructure is migrating to IP which makes optimization of hybrid networks essential to provide the performance needed. The overall objective of the project is to develop a testbed to study QoS based routing in integrated satellite-terrestrial networks. Such networks provide multiple parallel or serial paths between the...

  • SCAT

    The SCAT project objective is to design, develop and prototype a miniaturized C-Band Transceiver for the management of remote controls and telemetry on Small Satellites, with the additional capability to be used as medium rate feeder link, up to 40 Mbit/s. Moreover, SCAT project is aimed at lowering radio regulatory hurdles for small satellite...

  • W-Cube

    The activity includes the design and development of the W-band beacon together with the propagation receivers and the manufacturing of the Cubesat platform that will host the beacon. The objectives are the undertaking of atmospheric channel propagation measurements of the signal from this beacon and the analysis and delivery the processed...

  • EPC HT

    The objective was to design, manufacture and test a high voltage power module breadboard within electronic power conditioners to enable operations at higher temperatures. An evaluation was performed on critical identified components specifically on Silicon Carbide High Voltage Diodes and High Voltage Capacitors. In the frame of this project, TAS-B...


  • Dietmar Schmitt
    • ARTES contact
    • ESA - ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1
      2200 AG , Noordwijk NH
    • +31 (0) 71 565 3534
    • +31 (0) 71 565 4598