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  • FULL DUPLEX STEERABLE ANTENNA FOR MASS MARKET INTERACTIVE TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7B.048)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test a prototype of a full duplex Ku- and/or Ka-band steerable antenna for battery powered (50Wh over life time) on-ground telemetry and tracking devices. Medium gain of 10 to 15dBi and a diameter below 10cm is targeted for this steerable antenna.

    Targeted Improvements:- Enabling full duplex operation for battery powered steerable antenna;- Low complexity by reduction of piec...

  • ASSESSMENT OF RELIABLE HIGH DATA RATE OPTICAL LINKS UNDER STRONG ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE CONDITIONS (SCYLIGHT SL.013)

    The objective of this study is to investigate optical technologies and techniques enabling reliable high data rate optical transmission through the atmosphere (>100Gbps) in a scenario representative (in terms of link attenuation and optical turbulence) of an optical link between a telecom satellite and an Optical Ground Station for elevation angles down to 5deg.

    Targeted Impro...

  • IN-ORBIT TUNEABLE INTERMEDIATE FREQUENCY FILTERS (ARTES AT 5C.389)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a compact in-orbit tuneable intermediate frequency (IF)filter withthe ability to tune the bandwidth of flexible frequency converters over a frequency range from 36 MHz to 500 MHz.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Enabling in-orbit tuneable bandwidth flexibility for frequency converters;
    • Reduction of the complexity and mass of frequency converters for fully flexi...

  • LIGHTWEIGHT DEPLOYABLE RADIATORS (ARTES AT 4D.062)

    The objective of this activity is to enlarge the spacecraft radiator area by unfolding respectively deploying lightweight radiator extensions. This increases the thermal heat radiation capability of the spacecraft. A deployable radiator breadboard shall be developed, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements: Reduction of mass per dissipated power to 15kg/kW, i.e. by a facto...

  • FAST COMPOSITE REFLECTOR MANUFACTURING (ARTES AT 5B.192)

    Antenna reflectors are key products for telecommunication payloads. The manufacturing time and complexity of reflectors are known to be driven by the need of a temperature-stable or temperature-compensated mould. The conventional approach for reflector manufacturing is to cure the composite sandwich in an autoclave in order to meet the stringent surface accuracy requirements dictated by the frequency of operation. Out-of-auto clave composite m...

  • WIDEBAND RF OVER IP DEMONSTRATOR (ARTES AT 6B.055)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and test a breadboard of a RF over IP acquisition/generation demonstrator for instantaneous signal bandwidthup to 5GHz, jointly with an adaptive compression technique with the scope to minimise the IP data rate required to transmit a given RF bandwidth.

    Targeted Improvements:Increase of instantaneous bandwidth from 220MHz to 5GHz of RF over IP acquisition/generation units.

    De...

  • MASSIVE-USER COMMUNICATION DEMONSTRATOR (ARTES AT 3C.016) (RE-ISSUE AO 1-9280)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a proof of concept for a M2M broadcast system based on commercial-of-the-shelf low-power terrestrial machine-to-machine communication standards. The activity shall use model-based system engineering methodology.The activity shall deliver an end-to-end hardware test bed to validate the broadcast system. This shall includetraffic generation tools, uplink gateway, satellite system emula...

  • ON-ORBIT SERVICING PREPARED PLATFORMS (ARTES AT 4A.080)

    The objective of the activity is to develop the critical features on the customer telecommunication platform for ready on-orbit servicing. The activity willconsider at least aids to facilitate the servicer to approach, rendezvous and perform proximity operations(e.g. visual/thermal markers, retro-reflectors), grapple fixture(s) for capture, and a re-fuelling interface. The technologies and provisions developed shall be validated by modelling a...

  • COST-EFFECTIVE HIGH-GAIN CUBESAT ANTENNAS (PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5B.165)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop cost-effective high gain antennas for inter-satellite links between cubesats.

    Targeted Improvements: 1. Increased gain compared to the already proposed Bulls Eye Medium Gain antenna (>10 dB)2. Increased compactness compared to other 60 GHz high gain antennas (HGA)Using the described manufacturing technologies a mass reduction of 50% can be expected. It should be noted that for 6...

  • SOLID REFLECTOR WITH METAL MESH AS THE REFLECTIVE SURFACE (ARTES AT 5B.183) RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a side-deployable reflector with metal mesh as the reflective surface and a solid backing structure.

    Targeted Improvements:Lightweight antenna reflectors with a significant mass reduction of 25% when compared to state-of-the-art reflectors, a shaping capability, very low reflective loss and low acoustic load sensitivity.

    Description:Current state-of-art side-deploya...

  • MULTI-DIMENSIONAL TWO-PHASE HEAT PIPE NETWORK ARTES AT 4D.061)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a two-phase multi-dimensional heat pipe network breadboard enabling 30% improved thermal performance.Thermal models shall be developed to assist in the design and shall be validated on the breadboard.

    Targeted Improvements:Improve the thermal performance by more than 30% compared to state of the art.

    Description: Conventional heat pipe networks use two types of heat pipes. Long heat pip...

  • MULTI-SCALE HEAT PIPE NETWORK FOR ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 4D.063)

    The objective of the activity is to develop an interconnected heat pipe network with pipes of adapted sizes, heat transport capacity and heat flux capability to reduce thermal gradients and thermal interfaces. In order to evaluate and demonstrate the performance improvements a scaled engineering model of a heat pipe network, as needed for active antenna array applications, shall bedesigned, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements...

  • 3GPP NARROW-BAND INTERNET-OF-THINGS (NB-IOT) USER SENSOR INTEGRATION INTO SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 3A.106)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a demonstrator of a satellite system where 3GPP NB-IoT user sensors are fully integrated. The demonstrator will consist of an on-board transceiver prototype integrated in a test bed capable of emulating a number of users and channel impairments to demonstrate the system's performance in realistic conditions.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling the integration of 3GPP NB-IoT user sensors into satel...

  • LARGE OFFSET-FED DEPLOYABLE REFLECTOR FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5B.190)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a large Ka-band reflector antenna concept (1 m to 3 m, scalable up to5 m) for small satellites(50 to 150Kg) in low earth orbit. Large offset reflector concepts with a low stowage ratio (less than 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) shall be studied and tradedoff. A demonstrator shall be designed, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling European independence with respect to...

  • SINGLE POLE MULTI-THROW KA-BAND MICROWAVE MONOLITHIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT SWITCH FOR SIGNAL DISTRIBUTION, REDUNDANCY AND BEAM-HOPPING (ARTES AT 5C.386)

    Objective: To reduce the complexity of large signal routing switch matrices by developing a single-pole multi-throw switch Microwave Monolithic IntegratedCircuit (MMIC) in Ka-band with at least 8 switchable ports and an RF power handling in excess of 2 W, along with the associated packaging solution.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling building block technology with at least eight switchable ports integrated inside the same device. The curre...

  • COMPACT BROADBAND INPUT FILTERS AT C AND KU BAND BASED ON DIELECTRIC MATERIALS (ARTES AT 5C.379)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test compact broadband input filters at C-band and at Ku-band based ondielectric materials.Advanced manufacturing processes shall be employed for the engineering models to reduce the number of piece parts.

    Targeted Improvements:Footprint reduction of C-band and Ku-band input filters by 50% whilst maintaining all electrical performance parameters in comparison to the currentsta...

  • SCYLIGHT - OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    The objective of ARTES ScyLight is to address the development and use of innovative optical technologies for satellite communication as well as new market opportunities for optical communication technologies, and support industry to develop or seize related market opportunities. ScyLight will therefore cover the development and evolution of optical communication technologies and suitable flight opportunities for their in-orbit verification. Sc...

  • MULTI-BAND MICROWAVE MULTIPORT POWER COMBINER FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7A.062)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of a wideband multiport (at least 16 input ports) power combiner for ground terminals operating over multiple frequency bands (C, X, Ku and Ka).

    Targeted Improvements:- Enabling the use of multiport amplifiers deploying single wideband HPAs (20W combined output power) and graceful degradation in comparison to today's state of the art multiplexed solution with H...

  • ARTES C&G - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    The objectives of ARTES Competitiveness Growth are to ensure the readiness of the industry to respond to commercial opportunitiesby focusing the activitieson technological innovation in equipment, systems and applications for satellite communication, resultingin products ready for future exploitation within eitherthe commercial or institutional market. The program supports space, groundand applications segments as well as overall system-relate...

  • ARTES CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORKPLANS EMITS / WEBSITE

    A key role of ESA within the satellite telecommunications sector is to promote high levels of Research and Development activity within Participating State industry to help ensure both their preparedness and competitiveness in both the short and long terms.

    ARTES Core Competitiveness Element Programme Component A Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is concerned with the early development stages of new systems and the exploitation of new and p...