Funding

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  • 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…

  • FINANCE FOR A GREEN TRANSITION FEASIBILITY STUDY - EXPRO+

    The goals of the feasibility study "Finance for a Green Transition" are to identify, characterize and assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of space-empowered services which address relevant customer needs across the financial sector and the wider economy related to "Greening Finance", supporting investment decisions and opportunities to meet environmental targets and comply with international policies a…

  • STANDARD CALLS FOR PROPOSALS - SUSTAINABLE DIGITALLY CONNECTED SOLUTIONS FOR COMMODITIES CRISIS

    The "Sustainable digitally connected solutions to commodities crisis" call promotes the development of sustainable applications andservices addressing commodities' sectors challenges in the short (2 years' time frame) and midterm by integrating satellite communications and other space assets with terrestrial and digital technologies. The commodities affected by the crisis and addressed in this call include energy, all crude…

  • LUNAR ECONOMY APPLICATIONS - ENABLING STUDY - EXPRO+

    The Lunar Economy Applications Enabling Study shall develop, characterise and assess the technical feasibility, commercial viability and desirability by potential customers of new service concepts that would benefit from Moonlight lunar communication and navigation services and that address the relevant needs of downstream customers and users in the lunar environment or down on Earth; plan for the implementation and commercial rollout, exploit…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: RF AND OPTICAL HYBRID GATEWAY ANTENNA (6C.002/SL.024)(ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to investigate a telecom gateway antenna able to work simultaneously in both the RF (Ka- Q/V-Band) and optical wavelengths.Targeted Improvements:This product is currently not available and it would allow a phased migration from RF communications to optical communications.Description:There is a clear trend in the need to increase bandwidth in order to increase the data rate, within the telecommunicat…

  • PRECODING FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3C.027) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to develop precoding techniques for the forward link of multi-beam LEO satellite systems operatingin full frequency reuse. The activity will target the conventional single-satellite precoding, as well as precoding across adjacentsatellites having beams with overlapping footprints. The developed techniques will be implemented and tested in a software simulator able to assess the performance at both link level an…

  • AI FOR OPTIMAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR GOVSATCOM SERVICES (GSHE-1)

    This activity aims at the definition of an AI model to accurately forecast future demand for governmental/institutional satellite communication services and allocate resources more efficiently.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 Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrusted to ESA for GOVSATCOM.

  • MODULAR HIGHLY INTEGRATED PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA FOR FUTURE LEO CONSTELLATIONS (GSHE-4)

    This activity will demonstrate the critical functionalities of an electrically large phased array antenna produced as the combination of modules with distributed functionalities. 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 Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrustedto ESA for GOVSATCOM.

  • HIGH EXTINCTION RATIO AMPLITUDE MODULATORS AND PULSE SHAPER ELECTRONICS FOR QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION (QKD) (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.028)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test technologies for high dynamic extinction ratio (ER) optical amplitude modulators operating at GHz modulation frequencies and their associated electronics for space applications. Targeted Improvements: 10 dB increase of extinction ratio compared with current baseline products, which translates as an improvement of the achievable Quantum Bit Error rate (and consequently…

  • PREPARATION OF WRC-2023 (ARTES FPE 1D.021)

    The latest World Radio Conference (WRC) concluded at the end of November 2019 with outcomes considered broadly favourable to the satcom community. The agenda items for the subsequent conference (to be held in 2023) were also agreed at last year's conference. The WRC is effectively a multi-year process culminating in the month-long collocated sessions, and work on the agenda items for WRC-23 has therefore already started and will continue…

  • MULTI-LAYERED SATCOM SYSTEMS ( ARTES FPE 1B.131)

    Whilst the commercial Satcom sector has been dominated by the use of Geostationary orbits (GSO) from its inception, the use of Non-Geostationary Orbits (NGSO) has been a constant and steadily growing feature of the industry for some years now. Historically, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems served entirely separate markets and customers to systems deployed in GEO with little overlap between the two technology/application areas. E.g. Low data rate…

  • ANTI-JAMMING FOR LEO CONSTELLATIONS (GSHE-5)

    This activity will identify security requirements addressing jamming and interference resilience needs and develop a system concept, for introducing anti-jamming capabilities in future GOVSATCOM missions.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 Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrusted to ESA for GOVSATCOM.…

  • CYBER RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK FOR SPACE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.015 / 4S.030) - EXPRO+

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop a space centric framework for cyber information exchange, a threat and vulnerability assessment tool, and sets of reference security blueprints for future product implementations. Targeted Improvements:The immense majority of attacks use known security breaches: this framework will help defuse at least 85% of common attacks. Description:There is a growing need to increase the cyber resilie…

  • HOLOMONDAS OBSERVATORY UPGRADES FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.013 / SL.049)

    Objective: To develop transmit and receive systems for optical communication and the reception of quantum keys. Targeted Improvements: Tenfold speed increase in data rates by optical communication between satellites and ground and implementation of a cyber-securequantum channel. Description: The Holomondas telescope has been identified to support the ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON as well as the SAGA Project for the preparation of the space seg…

  • 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…

  • WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXER (WDM) AND DE-MULTIPLEXER AT 1550 NM FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5G.027)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test and engineering model of WDM multiplexers/demultiplexers at1550 nm for operation in space. Targeted Improvements: Enabling WDM technology for space. Description:Existing WDM (de-)multiplexers are developed for terrestrial applications and do not exist in space qualified versions. The WDM multiplexer and demultiplexer at1550 nm (optical C- and L-band) shall be assessed for…

  • 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,…

  • INNOVATIVE MISSIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES (ARTES FPE 1A.108)

    The goal of this activity is to encourage the creation of novel satcom system concepts by industry, and provide them with the meansto quickly assess the feasibility of such missions and services. An ITT will be issued allowing bidders to submit their proposals for future satcom mission studies and technology definition activities. The activities proposed can address services, missions, systems, or technologies with an emphasis on novelty and i…

  • SPACE-BASED SERVICES FOR WATER SCARCITY - EXPRO+

    Water is one of the most important substances on Earth and covers 70% of the planet. However, every year competition for a clean, copious supply of water intensifies. Fresh water is threatened by a myriad of forces including overdevelopment, polluted runoff and global warming. Space applications can help to alleviate water scarcity problems in numerous ways. The "Water Scarcity" Kick Start offers 75% funding of up to 60,000 EUR for t…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • IAP.KS.PT.000 PROPTECH - KICKSTART

    Property Technology, or "PropTech", is a term that encompasses the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. PropTech has proliferated over the last 35 years initially due to the development of mainframe and personal computers, tools such as Lotus and Excel, more comprehensive software solutions for architecting, engineering and construction, and finally the Internet era and online marketpla…

  • 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…

  • CLOUD BASED BEAMFORMING FOR ELECTRONICALLY STEERABLE ANTENNAS (ARTES 4.0 AT 6B.115)

    The objective of this activity is to design, implement and test a cloud based beamformer compatible to Digital IF open standards. Targeted Improvements: Enabling cloud-based beam forming capabilities as virtual network functions compatible to Digital IF Open Standards. Description: Virtualisation of the satellite ground segment is evolving at a high pace. In the last few years, we have been experiencing a transition from legacy hardware ground…

  • MEMORY CONTROL SUB-SYSTEM FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 4G.035)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a technology independent and adaptable memory control sub-system for modern, integrated system-on-chip devices for low earth orbit applications. This will include radiation testing of low voltage, high speed memory technology. Targeted Improvements: Enabling integrated software defined radios utilising DDR3 and 4 memory; Resilience to radiation induced destructive events in LEO. Description:…