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


    Development of low power, low energy, miniaturised radiation monitors to be put into orbit, placed on different parts of spacecraft.

  • Future Mobile Interactive Networks (FuMIN)

    This project aims for an advanced air interface demonstrator able to support the development of future broadband mobile interactive services for land-mobile, maritime and aeronautical applications.

  • VDE-SAT Validation Platform

    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.

  • Robotic Feed

    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...

  • Bundled Waveguide Harness

    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 coverage extension...


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