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

  • Highly Linearity GaN Mixer

    Aim of this project is the design of two GaN mixers with very high linearity. One mixer will be a Ku-band mixer, the other one a Ka-band mixer. In total, two foundry runs are foreseen. The complete project duration is 24 months.

  • KaLENS

    The next generation of Ka-band satellites will allow a considerable reduction in wireless broadband access costs on-the-move. Mobility requires beam steering at the user terminal to maintain the satellite link. An effort is required to allow smaller affordable mobile terminal antennas mounted on top of vehicles like trains, car or planes without...

  • MCAMv3

    The objective of this project is to develop and manufacture a new generation of miniaturised cameras (M-CAM) based on previous concepts. The "MCAMv3" shall be based as much as possible on “plug and play” features, in order to obtain the smallest generic and qualified space camera owning standard interfaces.

  • SATis5

    SATis5 aims to build a large-scale real-time live end-to-end 5G integrated satellite terrestrial network proof-of-concept testbed. The demonstrator testbed implements, deploys and evaluates an integrated satellite-terrestrial 5G network, showcasing the benefits of the satellite integration with the terrestrial infrastructures as part of a...

  • High Voltage Switching Matrix

    In Electric Propulsion systems often cross-switching of high voltage lines is required. Nowadays this kind of switching is usually done with high voltage relays. Benefits are expected by replacing the relays with semiconductors. The challenge will be the use of advanced semiconductors capable to deal with high voltages, related to Hall Effect...

  • 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...


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