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

  • Multi-beam Antenna Feed Networks for application...

    This study examines various technical solutions and associated technologies for design compact feed network from L-band to C-band and validates the most promising by manufacturing and testing a representative EM of critical parts of the network. Activities were focused on the feed network to have a significant number of beams while maintaining...


    Based on HPS/INVENT CFRP technologies a 2.4 m Q/V band reflector with highest accuracy was designed, manufactured and tested. The design concept proved to be applicable for multi-beam telecom application. With a frequency band of 37.5 GHz to 51.4 GHz this is the next step for a Terabit satellite to provide high-speed internet.

  • High temperature High Voltage Potting Adhesive

    The application of high temperature adhesives and potting materials becomes more challenging when not only a very good thermal endurance is required, but also where the application is in high voltage ranges. For Telecom missions, this applies especially for travelling wave tubes, power transfer applications e.g slip rings, electrical propulsion...


    The SKATE project is focused on the development and test of a proof-of-concept of a highly integrated Ka-band low cost BFN/RF front-end using SiGe MMIC with a high number of control nodes on chip for user mobile terminal using. The final aim is to achieve a very significant cost reduction of the array and hence the user terminal recurrent cost.

  • VSBT

    Design, develop and test in an operational environment a shipborne VDES transceiver prototype that integrates the Automatic Identification System (AIS), VHF Data Exchange (VDE) and Application Specific Messaging (ASM) functionalities into one single unit.

  • DASS

    Design and development of a high gain deployable antenna dedicated to small satellites (3 to 28 kg range). The overall architecture is simplified as much as possible to reduce any possible source of defective actuation/deployment.


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