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  • SYSTEM STUDY OF LARGE IN-ORBIT-ASSEMBLED ARRAYS IN FREQUENCY RANGE 1 (FR1) FOR 5G AND BEYOND 5G (ARTES SPL 5G 3F.001)

    The objectives of the activity are to perform antenna system trade-offs relevant to the realization and in-orbit assembly of large arrays in Frequency Range 1 (FR1), to identify critical functions and technologies, to provide some demonstration of critical functions and to define a roadmap to make such antenna systems available. Targeted Improvements: Enabling satellite communications for unmodified terrestrial 5G user equipment operating in F…

  • MULTI-PLATFORM DUAL BAND CONFIGURABLE POWER AMPLIFIER FOR AVIONIC TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7C.052) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a breadboard of a L- and C-band configurable power amplifier to enable dual band operation of avionic terminals. It shall demonstrate 200W peak power per channel and a 10dB dynamic rangewith a constant average power added efficiency of at least 50% for both bands, without compromising linearity performance. The breadboard shall include driver, main and peak amplifier,…

  • MODELLING VHF PROPAGATION (100 - 300 MHZ) EFFECTS FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3B.047) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a propagation model for the Very High Frequency band (VHF) that includes high latitudesand equatorial zones. The model will be able to predict signal impairment caused by various propagation effects. This model will beimplemented in a system and user modelling tool and is intended to be proposed to ITU-R for adoption. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the development of VHF telecommunication missions w…

  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SATELLITE COMMUNICATION (ARTES FPE 1A.122) - EXPRO+

    Recent years have seen increased international focus on limiting the effects of humankind's industrial activity on the Earth's environment. Although the space sector has been a small consideration to date, increasing societal, governmental, and industrial attention is now being devoted to the environmental impact of space activity. With the private sector becoming the dominant source for new space missions, the role of business in en…

  • EVENT-BASED ELECTRON BELT RADIATION STORM ENVIRONMENTS MODELLING (ARTES AT 4A.090)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a statistical radiation environment model by focusing on the distributions of electron belt variabilities resulting from geomagnetic storms. Such a model shall capture extremes of the environment over shorter timescales as well as variability between solar cycles with respect to current models based on long term average environments. Targeted Improvements: 30% reduction in the safety margin by having…

  • CRITICAL BREADBOARDING ENABLING THE REMOVAL OF FAILED SMALL SATELLITES FROM LOW EARTH ORBIT (ARTES AT 4A.085) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test technologies enabling the removal of failed small satellites (e.g.tumbling) from low earth orbit. Several breadboards will be developed and tested to reduce tumbling and to enable rendezvous and capture.Targeted Improvements: Enabling de-orbiting of large constellations of low Earth orbit telecommunication satellites. Description: In the coming years it is expected that the numbe…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: SPACE QUALIFIED FAINT PULSE LASER SOURCE FOR QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION (5G.003/SL.012)(ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop and qualify a faint pulse laser source for space-based quantum key distribution systems.Targeted Improvements:Increase the technical readiness level of faint pulse laser sources suitable for quantum key distribution applications from 5 to 7. Description:Quantum key distribution systems using protocols based on faint laser pulses require a photon source emitting less than one photon per puls…

  • DEMONSTRATION OF EFFICIENT VERSATILE VIDEO CODEC UP TO 8K OVER IP AND DVB-S2X (ARTES AT 7B.064)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a DVB-S2X test-bed of adaptive bit rate IP based video delivery for up to 8K services quality high frame rate, using the new Versatile Video Codec (VVC) H.266. Targeted Improvements: The use of VVC can reduce the bandwidth needed up to 50%. This bandwidth reduction can be an enabler for 8K, leveraging the growing installed base of 8K displays and the existing satellite video broadcasting infrastruct…

  • HYBRID MECHANICAL ELECTRONIC SCANNING ANTENNA FOR USER TERMINALS COMPATIBLE WITH HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION (ARTES AT 7B.068)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a hybrid mechanical electronic scanning antenna for satcom user terminals suitable for LEO satcom systems. The antenna shall be compatible with high volume production. The design will focus on lowering complexity in comparison to fully electronically scanning antennas achieving sufficient functionality without over designing.Targeted Improvements:Enabling a hybrid electronic mech…

  • EUROPEAN FPGA WITH RF CAPABILITIES (GSHE-3)

    This activity aims at the development of RF ADC, RF DAC and HSSLs IP cores; manufacturing, validation and rad-hardness evaluation of the IPs; integration with NG-Ultra core and update of NG-Ultra RF programming tools to allow configuration modes of the ADC/DAC and HSSL. The activity will be processed in Open Competition, subject to ESA's procurement rules and procedures adapted as per Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) and C…

  • SATELLITE COMMUNICATION TEST-BED ON-BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ARTES AT 3A.118) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop, deploy and operate a flexible software-defined radio communication testbedwith a frequency flexible RF front end on the International Space Station, supporting a wide range of frequencies up to Q/V band addressing 5G, signal processing and advanced techniques. Targeted Improvements: Enabling innovative and fast developments of future satcom applications from UHF to Q/V band that are diff…

  • NOISE SHAPING TECHNIQUES FOR ACTIVE PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5C.462)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test noise shaping techniques capable of improving the signal to noise ratio up to 20 dB for payloads with on-board processors and active phased array antennas. A test-bed representing critical elements of a payloadimplementing noise shaping will be developed and performances evaluated, including the development of noise shaping algorithms and their digital implementation. Targeted Improvements:…

  • BEYOND 5G/6G NETWORKING ARCHITECTURES FOR MULTI-LAYERED NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKS AND SMART SATELLITES (ARTES SPL 5G 3A.165)

    The objective of the activity is to develop space networking solutions suitable for multi-layered Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) and smart satellites serving as unified part of beyond 5G/6G network. This will include the definition and specification of networkingarchitectures and supporting protocols that will be implemented in a testbed. The resulting specifications will be openly availablefor standardization. Targeted Improvements:- Enabling…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL 5G 6G

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions leveraging the inherent advantages of 5G/6G communications networks. This kick-start initiative seeks to promote new business opportunities for innovative services relying on space technology combined with 5G (and beyond) communications networks, addressing the most promising verticals, by introducing new services to consumers or…

  • IN-ORBIT TEST BED FOR AI USING HARDWARE-ACCELERATION-ASSISTED SIGNAL PROCESSING OF RANDOM-ACCESS PROTOCOL SIGNALS (ARTES AT 3E.008)

    The objective is to design, build and test an in-orbit test bed, comprising an RF receiver/transmitter, Artificial Intelligence (AI) hardware and associated signal processing algorithms, for the reception of low power random access protocol signals using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that can either be trained on the ground or self-trained in orbit. The in-orbit testwill apply and refine these algorithms in the real-t…

  • PACKAGING OF PHOTONICS FOR LASER COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.029)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and test different sized packaging solutions with optical and electronic feed-throughs, which allow commercial photonic chips to be deployed in space. Targeted Improvements: By developing innovative packagingtechniques, some types of high-volume parts developed for terrestrial telecommunications markets can be made available for space. Description: This activity aims to establish a packagi…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPACE SYSTEMS FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY (4S) ROLLING WORK PLAN 2020-2021

    1. Introduction.Four new technology and product development activities are added in 2021, that have already been identified as useful to the foreseen development of next-generation 4S solutions over the coming years. These work plan activities will be issued under the legal framework of the ARTES 4.0 Strategic Programme Line (SPL) Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S).2. ImplementationPhasing: phasing of the contractual activities may be…

  • TECHNIQUES FOR INTELLIGENT JAMMING DETECTION AND MITIGATION OF SATELLITE IOT GATEWAYS(ARTES 6B.085)

    Objective: This activity aims to develop jamming detection and mitigation techniques for satellite Internet of Things (IoT) gateways as a counter-measure against security threats. In particular, threats involving partial jamming or complete service unavailabilityshall be addressed. A test-bed will be developed in order to evaluate the counter-measure mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Enabling jamming resilient satellite IoT networks. Reduce t…

  • SOFTWARE SIMULATOR FOR AIR/SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT VIA SATELLITE FOR HYPERSONIC SPACE PLANES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.155 / 4S.013) - EXPRO+

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a physical layer simulator in order to assess the communication needs, and develop a system concept to support air/space traffic management considering emerging transport means such as hypersonic space planes. Targeted Improvements: Enabling communications for a future European Air/Space Traffic Management System in support of hypersonic space planes. Performance improvement wit…

  • SPACE FOR THE HYDRO ENERGY SECTOR FS

    The main objectives of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for feasibility studies are to seek for designing innovative technical and business approaches to combine space assets (including latest development of satellite earth observation imagery and other imagery sources e.g.: HAPS) with breakthrough technologies (such as ML/AI/Data analytics) to optimise hydroelectric power generation.

  • COMPACT, RELIABLE MULTI-BAND ANTENNA FOR MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to design a robust and securely deployable multiband antenna, combining RF signals of EPIRB and AIS, for maritime distress signalling via satellite, location identification and tracking. A full scale breadboard shall be built and tested in a relevant environment to verify its RF performance. Targeted Improvements:3dB improvement of the RF satellite link, multiband capability (121, 162, 406 MHz), more compact an…

  • SPECTRUM SHARING MAKERSPACE (ARTES AT 3A.111) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to establish an agile framework to prototype a number of promising spectrum sharing techniques that would enable more efficient use of satellite spectrum and an improved sharing with terrestrial systems.Targeted Improvements:Improving the efficiency up to 10% in the use of the spectrum by coexisting satellite systems and enabling sharing with terrestrial systems.Description:More and more, the satellit…

  • ULTRA DEEP SUBMICRON ASSESSMENT FOR ON-BOARD DIGITAL PROCESSORS (ARTES AT 5C.443) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to assess 7 nm FinFET technology (or smaller due to foundry process optimisations) for its use in telecommunication digital signal processors in the space environment. Targeted Improvements:- performance (logic density) multiplied by 4 compared to the current 28 nm generation;- power consumption per GHz of processed capacity divided by 2 to 3.Description: The latest very high throughput satellite systems are em…

  • ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA FOR DEFECTS AND AGEING EFFECTS IN HIGH VOLTAGE EPC AND PPU PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS (ARTES AT 5C.460) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and evaluate test samples in order to derive acceptance criteria of defectsand ageing effects in high voltage printed circuit boards of Electronic Power Conversion (EPC) and Power Processing Units (PPUs) with voltages exceeding 500 V. Targeted Improvements:Establish acceptance criteria for defects and ageing effects for high voltage (>500 V) circuit boards not existing today. Descripti…

  • SINGLE-CHIP 71-86 GHZ TRANSCEIVER RFIC FOR AERONAUTICAL SATCOM APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 6A.074) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an integrated W-band transceiver Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) configurable as transmitter and receiver covering the 71-86 GHz band for aeronautical satcom applications. Targeted Improvements: Enable satellite aeronautical broadband services in W-band. Description: The maturity of Silicon technologies allows for the implementation of multifunctional and reconfigurable…