Funding

This page displays the ARTES Invitation To Tenders (ITTs) which are published on EMITS. Use the selection criteria on the left to refine your search.

Funding of the individual Prime or subcontractors, for ARTES Core Competitiveness and ARTES Applications activities, is subject to authorisation of the required ARTES budget by the related National Delegations. Therefore, bidding teams are requested to inform their National Delegation(s) of their intention to participate in funded activities already before submitting a proposal.

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  • VERY COMPACT INPUT MULTIPLEXER FOR BROADBAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.333)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact Ku-band input multiplexer for broadband applications applying state of the art circuit design techniques. An engineering model of a four channel multiplexer shall be manufactured and tested to fully validate the novel concepts developed.

    Targeted Improvements: 50% mass and footprint reduction of the channel filters of broadband input multiplexers.

    Description:

    Differen...

  • USER TERMINAL WIDEBAND MODEM FOR VERY HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITES (VHTS) (ARTES AT 7B.039)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test programmable modem hardware architecture for ultra-wideband VSAT terminals leading to future solutions exploiting the extended-Ka frequency band.

    Targeted Improvements: Modem architecture concept with high degree of flexibility for fast hardware and software upgrades and re-usability. Enabling technology to allow easy integration of new functionalities, like new air interface...

  • MULTIFUNCTION HARNESS FOR ON-BOARD CONNECTIONS (ARTES AT 4A.071)

    The objectives of the activity are:

    • To reduce the number of DC and RF connection points in a telecom spacecraft.
    • To develop a recurring harnessing approach.
    • To develop new connector combining the characteristics of the different established formats in a single optimised design.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction of the number of DC connection points by 50% and RF connection points by 15%. Reduction of th...

  • EFFECTIVE COATING FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR CELLS (ARTES AT 4F.111)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to evaluate and develop coating techniques and assess their superiority compared to state-of-the-art techniques in several areas of the solar cell processing such as the application of the antireflective coating, front and backside metallisation and passivation layers (which becomes more and more important as solar cell designs become thinner).

    Targeted Improvements: Performance increase for n...

  • LARGE UNFURLABLE REFLECTOR SURFACE ASSEMBLY FOR KA-BAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.169)

    Objective of the activity is to design, develop and verify an unfurlable reflector surface assembly suitable for use in large European antennas operating in the 20 - 35 GHz frequency range.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development for a new source of unfurlable reflectors capable of generating the high gain, narrow beams needed in terabit/s high throughput satellite systems.

    Description:

    The next generation o...

  • ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE MONITOR FOR GEO SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4A.069)

    Objective:

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test an engineering model of a monitor for measuring electrostatic discharge transients on spacecraft. Such a device will allow to gather information on the number and characteristics of electrostatic discharge transients in order to better match the electrostatic discharge design and verification methods to the needs and to providevital information for anomaly diagnosis, resol...

  • COMPACT FUEL LINES TECHNOLOGIES FOR USE IN ROTARY JOINTS (ARTES AT 4B.128 FORMER PRIORITY 2)

    The objective of this activity is to prove the feasibility of using fuel rotary joints for electric propulsion, by designing, manufacturing and testing a solution able to be potentially embedded as part of an electric propulsion mechanism hinge.

    Targeted Improvements:

    Simplification and optimization of mechanism design.Reduction of hinge mass by 10% (a hundred grams, with...

  • COST COMPETITIVE AND RELIABLE CONVERTERS (ARTES AT 5C.300)

    The objective of the activity is to assess the flexible converters requirements for geostationary applications, evaluatethe potential requirements relaxation and build and test an associatedengineering model.

    Targeted Improvements: Reduced costs (20%).

    Description: The pressure to reduce prices and delivery times of geostationary commercial telecommunications satellites is alwaysincreasing, at satellite, payload and equipment lev...

  • CUBESAT-BASED W-BAND CHANNEL MEASUREMENTS (ARTES AT 3B.033) RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8324 AND 1-8565

    Objective:

    Perform channel measurements at Wbands by means of a beacon designed, developed and launched on a Cubesat platform.

    Targeted Improvements:

    Augment ITU-R models for W-band with specific measurements such as

    1. Tropospheric scintillation at W-band including spectral properties dependence on elevation angles,
    2. combination of cloud and attenuation effects,
    3. frequency scalingof rain attenuati...

  • MULTIFUNCTION HARNESS FOR ON-BOARD CONNECTIONS (ARTES AT 4A.071)

    The objectives of the activity are:

    • To reduce the number of DC and RF connection points in a telecom spacecraft.
    • To develop a recurring harnessing approach.
    • To develop new connector combining the characteristics of the different established formats in a single optimised design.

    Targeted Improvements:

    Reduction of the number of DC connection points by 50% and RF connection points by 15%.Reductio...

  • IMPLEMENTATION OF VIRTUALISED NETWORK FUNCTIONS (VNFS) FOR BROADBAND SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 6A.054)

    Objective: To design, implement and validate a prototype of a Virtualised Network Functions:

    • Performance Enhancement Proxy (VNF-PEP)
    • To provide a reference implementation for different PEPenhanced algorithms and assess the performance in representative satellite scenarios.

    Targeted Improvements:

    VNFaaS (Virtual Network Functions as a Service) has...

  • ADS-B SATELLITE DETECTION TEST-BED (ARTES AT 3A.084)

    Objective:To design and develop a test bed to demonstrate the performance of novel ADS-B detection techniques by satellite.

    Targeted Improvements:To increase the performance of ADS-B satellite detection by 50% in highly congested airspaces.

    Description:The 1090 MHz Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) channel is used by many different Air Traffic Control systems, such as SSR downlink, ADS-B, TIS-B, FIS-B. However, there are many ar...

  • DEMONSTRATOR FOR LICENSE ASSISTED SPECTRUM ACCESS SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 3A.077)

    Objective:

    To design and build a License-assisted Spectrum Access (LSA) demonstrator that can exploit frequency sharing scenarios between satellite and other networks and radio services. To provide and trade off reference implementations of centralised versus distributed database-enabled LSA architectures in representative satellite operating environments.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Provide cost efficient and technically...

  • SURFACE MOUNTABLE FILTERS FOR FREQUENCY CONVERTERS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.332)

    Objective: Objective of the activity is to design and develop surface mountable filters that can be integrated into the RF module of frequency converter equipment.

    Targeted Improvements: Highly integrated Ku- and Ka-band converters with up to 20% mass and footprint saving with respect to the state of the art,

    Description: The size of the RF module of a frequency converter is mainly limited by the footprint of the various filters...

  • DESIGN RULES & PRODUCT ASSURANCE PROCESSES FOR FUTURE TELECOMMUNICATION SATELLITES INCLUDING MEGACONSTELLATIONS ( ARTES FPE 1B.117 ) RE-ISSUE 1 - EXPRO PLUS

    Until recently, the telecommunication-satellite manufacturing satellite sector has been building its reputation on the paradigm of technical and industrial excellence, privileging performances, quality and reliability over cost at delivery. Newcomers competing directly with European US incumbents on the geostationary satellite market and new players developing new approaches on the LEO market segment create significant cost pressures on the Eu...

  • ARRAY ANTENNA GENERATING MULTIPLE FIXED WIDE BEAMS FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT (LEO) APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.170)

    The objective of the activity is to investigate relevant antenna concepts and manufacturing techniques enabling very lowcomplexity,medium gain array antenna capable of generating multiple fixed wide beams in future Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations with a large number of small satellites. A representative engineering model shall be manufactured and an RF test campaign shall beconducted tovalidate the developed concepts.

    Targeted Impr...

  • LIVE SATELLITE DEMONSTRATION OF ADVANCED INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES (ARTES AT 3A.078)

    Objective: To develop firmware/hardware and demonstrate over an existing satellite multi-beam network the potential of advanced interference management techniques applied at the transmitter (precoding) or/and at the receiver (multi-user detection). The activity shall also demonstrate terminal synchronization, estimation and feedback algorithms in support of these techniques.

    Targeted Improvements: Improve the confidence on advanced inte...

  • SUPPORT TO STANDARDISATION OF SATELLITE 5G COMPONENT ( ARTES FPE 1D.016) - EXPRO PLUS

    The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is an association of several of the worlds largest telecommunications standardisation bodies, including the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, ETSI.

    The 3GPP is one of the principal bodies in defining and documenting the development of the fifth generation of mobile telecommunications standards, or 5G. An expedited standardisation process has begun within 3GPP to enable the del...

  • VERY COMPACT INPUT MULTIPLEXER FOR BROADBAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.333)

    Objective:

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact Ku-band input multiplexer for broadband applications applying state of the art circuit design techniques. An engineering model of a four channel multiplexer shall be manufactured and tested to fully validate the novel concepts developed.

    Targeted Improvements:

    50% mass and footprint reduction of the channel filters of broadband input multiplexers.

    Des...

  • CYBER THREATS ON SATCOM NETWORKS AND IMPACTS ON THE GLOBAL SOCIETY ( ARTES FPE 1A.088) - EXPRO PLUS

    The activity is now focussed on identifying opportunities for Satcom networks, and investigating the implications on system design and operations, brought about by recent evolutions in the Cyber security environment.

    Many economic activities in modern society are dependent on secure telecommunication services, including those implemented using satellite telecommunication systems. Cyber security considerations are therefore gaining impor...

  • USE OF SECURE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES TO PROTECT EUROPEAN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE - SCYLIGHT WORKPLAN (SL.010) - EXPRO PLUS

    ScyLight Workplan has been established based on an ESA internal ARTES ScyLight Call for Ideas.This activity have been selected in line with with the programme objectives for Line 4 (Quantum Cryptography Technologies). Line 4 covers the related development as well as in-orbit and service demonstration, including Quantum Key Generation and Distribution systems, and the demonstration of related end-to-end systems.This activity targets the protect...

  • MITIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR ADDRESSING THE IMPACT OF LATENCY ON SERVICES OVER SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES FPE 1B.118)

    The relatively long propagation delay of a signal over a satellite link has always caused performance limitations and has had a negative effect on the user's Quality of Experience. This started from the early days of analog telephony to the early Internet days where throughput was limited due to the fact that the TCP protocol windows were not optimal for links of long delay and high bandwidth, such as satellite lin...

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF GATEWAY SUBSYSTEMS FOR BEAM-HOPPING HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 6B.038)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to design, implement and verify the functionality of the key ground gateway digital baseband sub-systems for high throughput satellite networks with beam-hopping capabilities, including gateway diversity and progressive deployment solutions

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling technologies to allow ground segment satellite gateways to work with the next generation of High Throughput Satellite system...

  • ACTUATOR WITH HIGH RESOLUTION MAGNETIC BRAKING (ARTES AT REF. 4E.072)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, develop, manufacture and test a high resolution magnetic brake solution to increase the unpowered holding torque of rotary actuators used in mechanisms for telecoms applications (e.g. appendage deployment andpositioning).

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Increased unpowered holding torque (approximately > 0.1 Nm at motor level).
    • Adjustable holding torque, in order to al...

  • ELECTRIC PROPULSION TECHNOLOGIES OPERATING ON KRYPTON PROPELLANT (ARTES AT 4B.129)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to demonstrate, by test on breadboard hardware, the operation and performance of a hollow cathode, suitable for all types of electric propulsion systems, using Krypton propellant. The design objective should focus on reducing complexity while maintaining performance and lifetime.

    Targeted Improvements: A cathode life of greater than 10,000 operating hours and 7,500 cycles.Stable operation on K...