Funding

Funding

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  • DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGHLY INTEGRATED MIXED SIGNAL KA-BAND RF FRONT END SYSTEM-IN-PACKAGE FOR ACTIVE ANTENNA (ARTES AT 5C.464)

    The objective of the activity is to design, assemble and test a Ka-band RF front end system-in-package integrating amplification, beamforming and analogue-to-digital signal conversion as needed for active antenna applications. Heterogeneous integration techniqueswill be used to manufacture the system-in-package.Targeted Improvements:- 20% insertion loss reduction and lower inductances in the RF circuit,- 30% reduction in RF front-end module si…

  • ALPHASAT Q/V BAND COMMUNICATION EXPERIMENTS COVERING MOBILE AND NON-GEO USE CASES (ARTES AT 3B.046)

    The objective of this activity is to design, implement and carry out a number of communication experiments in Q/V band using Alphasat's Aldo Paraboni (TDP5) infrastructure. The experiments will cover mobile and non-GEO use cases. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the practical use of Q/V-band for satcom systems for new operational scenarios including land mobile systems, railway, maritime and non-GEO mission profiles.Description: Alphasat…

  • POST QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY ALGORITHMS FOR SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.008 / 4S.017)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to adapt and test post quantum cryptography algorithms for satellite telecommunication applications. The activity will include the development of a testbed to evaluate in laboratory environment the performance of the algorithms for secure broadband telecommunications satellite missions. Targeted Improvements:Enable security to the satellite telecommunication systems of 2030 against the danger that qu…

  • OPERATIONS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.031) - EXPRO+

    Objective: To provide initial operational development support to optical ground stations (OGS) developed within the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI) and the ESA nucleus ground station networks.Targeted Improvements: Tenfold increase in the operational readiness by optical and quantum communication ground stations.Description: Multiple European telescope sites have been identified to support ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON…

  • 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…

  • INTEGRATED Q/V/W-BAND PASSIVE RF HARDWARE FOR GROUND SEGMENT NETWORK EQUIPMENT (ARTES AT 6A.077) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test integrated Q/V/W-band passive RF hardware for ground segment gateways.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Reduction of number of piece parts by at least a factor of 2;
    • Reduction of losses in the order of 0.5 to 2dB due to less RF interfaces;
    • Reduction of effort of assembly, integration and testing.

    Description: Very High ThroughputSatellite…

  • SECURE SPACE NETWORKS FOR SATELLITE PLATFORM AND PAYLOAD CONTROL (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.011 /4S.018)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and validate the security architecture for space networks, their intersatellite links, and their end-to-end links, in support of constellation satellite monitoring and control operations. Targeted Improvements:Enabling secure control and monitoring of telecom satellite constellations not available today. Description:Satellite constellations including intersatellite links are alread…

  • Q/V-BAND DUAL-POLARISED WAVEGUIDE ROTARY JOINT (ARTES AT 5C.468)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a dual-polarised waveguide rotary joint for Q- and V-band steerable feeder link antennas.Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for dual-polarised and dual-frequency Q- and V-band mechanical steerable antennas for future low/medium Earth orbit telecommunication satellite constellations and geostationary satellite gateway linksDescription:Waveguide RF rotary joints are essentia…

  • ON-CHIP INTEGRATED KA-BAND DIPLEXER FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 6A.076)

    The objective of this activity is to design and test a Ka-band on chip integrated diplexer. Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology aiming at integrated receive and transmit front ends for ground terminals. Description:Most Ka-band user terminal transmit and receive active antennas use separate apertures due to the difficulty to integrate the necessary diplexer at each radiating elementina very compact form factor. The integration of the dip…

  • HIGH POWER COATING DEVELOPMENT FOR SPACE-BASED LASER COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.030)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test optical coatings at 1550 nm (C- and L-band) for long term operation with high laser powers in vacuum. This shall cover the effects of space radiation and extended exposure to the space environment.Targeted Improvements:Extend the overall mission duration to a typical GEO satellite lifetime with optical power levels exceeding 100 Watts. Description: Optical coatings are pr…

  • 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…

  • PROTOCOL-AWARE SMART GATEWAY DIVERSITY TECHNIQUES (ARTES AT 3A.138) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop smart gateway diversity techniques that minimize the impact of feeder link gateway switching across the protocol stack (physical, medium access control, network, transport and application layers). The techniques will betested on typical broadband applications using a cross-layer protocol emulator driven by real multi-site propagation measurements. Targeted Improvements: Enabling feeder link gateway s…

  • L-BAND GALLIUM NITRIDE LOW NOISE AMPLIFIER-BASED RF FRONT-END (ARTES AT 5C.465) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design a compact L-band RF front-end for telecom applications which is based on a GaN Low NoiseAmplifier (LNA). A breadboard of a GaN microwave monolithic integrated circuit will be developed and tested. The RF front-end including the filtering function shall be modelled.Targeted Improvements: up to 30% mass and volume saving of the RF front-end (LNA and filtering) and 20 dB improvement of the LNA dynamic ra…

  • SUPPORT TO QUIC STANDARDISATION (ARTES FPE 1D.019)

    Satellite communication links have specific characteristics that undermine the performance of commonly used Internet protocols, notably TCP, in part because performance over satellite was not a major consideration during the development of those protocols. Specifically, the long propagation delay imposed by GEO satellite links and their asymmetric nature lead to poor TCP performance. Unless addressed, this can result in a poor user experience,…

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

    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 and…

  • RELIABLE LEO OPTICAL FEEDER LINK DEMONSTRATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.007)

    Objective: To develop technologies and to demonstrate a reliable optical communication uplink from an optical ground station to a satellite in low Earth orbit.Targeted Improvements: First ever demonstration that reliable optical feeder uplinks to telecommunication satellites in LEO are feasible. Description: Optical communication promises the possibility to transmit virtually unlimited amounts of data from optical ground stations (OGS) to futu…

  • EVAPORATION MODELLING FOR LONG LIFE MECHANISMS USED IN GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4E.087) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and correlate an evaporation software model for long life (15 years and above) mechanisms (e.g. solar array drive mechanism, reaction wheels, electric propulsion and antenna pointing mechanisms) as needed for geostationary spacecraft. The developed evaporation software model will be validated through testing of mechanism test-vehicles. Targeted Improvements:- increase the accuracy of the current anal…

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF A TRANSMIT DUAL POLARISED ACTIVE ANTENNA WITH LARGE SCAN ANGLE FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.216)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a transmit active antenna architecture with large scan angle and dual polarisation, as needed for Low Earth Orbit applications in Ka- or Ku-band. Targeted Improvements: Enable dual polarised active antennas with scan angles up to 60 degrees not existing today, reducing the size of the antenna system by a factor of two. Description: Today, active antennas considered for Low Earth Orbit (LEO)…

  • GROUND NETWORK DIMENSIONING FOR CONSTELLATIONS SECURE NETWORKS (ARTES 6B.096)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test methodologies and algorithms supporting trade-off analysis,performance evaluation and operation concept for constellations ground networks. The methodologies and algorithms developed will beapplied and tested on representative satellite constellations delivering secure services. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the combined optimization of system architecture for secure con…

  • ANTENNA FOR UNIVERSAL SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5G LAND MOBILE TERMINALS (ARTES SPL 5G 7C.061) (UPON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Upon Delegation Request (*) The objective of the activity is to develop and validate a mobile terminal antenna that supports satellite connectivity and terrestrial 5G. A prototype of the antenna will be manufactured and tested in a laboratory environment. Targeted Improvements: Terminal size, weight and power reduction (30 to 50%) achieved by integrating 5G satellite and terrestrial antenna systems.The integration of satellite communications…

  • FREQUENCY COORDINATION DEMONSTRATOR FOR NON-GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3A.153) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a demonstrator of a frequency coordination system that manages access to spectrum among different non-geostationary satellite systems. The concept will be implemented and tested as a real-time emulator to be developed as part of the activity.

    Targeted Improvements: improving the achievable throughput by 50% with respect to partitioning the frequency band.

    Description:

    Th…

  • LUNAR OPTICAL COMMUNICATION PHOTON COUNTING RECEIVER (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.018)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is the development and testing of an receiver for lunar optical communication in a photon starved regime. Targeted Improvements: Photon-starved optical communications data and tracking receiver with 8 times increased bandwidth (1 ns versus 125 ps). Description: A photon-counting detector receiver package for free-space communications between a lunar satellite and Earth-based ground terminal does not exi…

  • PROTOCOLS FOR MISSION CRITICAL PUSH-TO-TALK, DATA, AND VIDEO SERVICES OVER LEO CONSTELLATION NETWORKS

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test protocols and algorithms for mobility, routing, multicasting, group communications, and resource management for mission critical services, including Push-To-Talk, Data, and Video, in dense Low Earth Orbit satellite networks with and without inter-satellite links. Targeted Improvements: Compliance with mission critical service requirements in 5G Release-16 specifications.…

  • REFERENCE IP CORE FOR UNIVERSAL SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5G USER EQUIPMENT (ARTES SPL 5G 7B.056)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate a reference high-throughput IP core to be used as a basis for universal satellite-terrestrial connectivity in 5G user equipment. The development will support both 5G New Radio (NR) Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial (satellite) Networks and will be compliant with 3GPP Release 17. The target maximum throughput will be in the order of hundreds of Mbps requiring specialised hardware (e.g. FPGA…

  • INTEGRATED MULTIPLE SWITCH-BEAM ARRAY ANTENNA FOR RESILIENT COMMUNICATION LINK M2M/IOT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 7C.071)

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a prototype of a multiple switch-beam array antenna aiming to provide resilient communication with non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) systems at Ku or Ka band. Targeted Improvements: Comparedto a phased array antenna, reduction up to 50% of number of components of the beamforming network, and reduction of DC power of up to 30%. Description:M2M/IoT terminals connecting thro…