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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  • ATMOSPHERIC MONITORING TO ASSESS THE AVAILABILITY OF OPTICAL LINKS THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE (SCYLIGHT SL.005)

    The objectives of this activity are:

    1. To design and manufacture a self-standing ground support equipment, comprising cloud and turbulence monitoring and laser link transceiver elements.
    2. To install ground support equipment at selected ground locations in Europe or in the vicinity of Europe and Canada.
    3. To continuously record local cloud information and atmospheric turbulence conditionsusing the ground support equipme...

  • ELECTRONIC HOUSINGS WITH EMBEDDED HEAT PIPES USING ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (ARTES AT REF. 4D.049)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop a single-piece housing with embedded heat transport channels that transport waste heat directly from the electronics to an external heat sink and which can operate both on-ground and in-flight.

    Target Improvements: The main benefit of this development is the significant reduction in the thermal gradient within the electronics housing. This will enable the electronics to operate at lo...

  • ACTUATOR WITH HIGH RESOLUTION MAGNETIC BRAKING - EXPRO PLUS (ARTES AT REF. 4E.072) (RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8885)

    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...

  • MEO KA BAND PROPAGATION CAMPAIGN (ARTES AT 3B.034)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to characterise the atmospheric channel for MEO satcom systems in Ka band by performing a measurement campaign of at least two years. The results will be made available for radio regulatory activities.

    Targeted Improvements: The activity will provide satellite manufacturers and operators of NGSO systems in Ka band (starting with MEO) with accurate channel models that would allow for more effi...

  • ARRAY ANTENNA GENERATING MULTIPLE FIXED WIDE BEAMS FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT (LEO) APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.170) (RE-ISSUE OF 1-8961)

    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...

  • REALISING FUTURE LOW COST AND LARGE SCALE M2M SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES FPE 1B.122)

    The principal outcomes of the activity shall be:Identification of System-level solutions that can support the satellite sector incapitalising on the future growth in M2M service sector.Technology development needs in order to realise such future networks.Standardisation recommendations for the air interface protocols used within such systems.

  • COMPACT FUEL LINES TECHNOLOGIES FOR USE IN ROTARY JOINTS (ARTES AT 4B.128 RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8959)

    Objective: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 severalhinges used by appendage), with an additional ben...

  • HIGHLY EFFICIENT HEAT EXCHANGERS FOR CROSSING HEAT PIPES (ARTES AT REF. 4D.050)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop compact and highly efficient heat exchangers for crossing heat pipes.

    Targeted Improvements:The main benefits of this development are:

    • The reduction of the thermal gradient within the heat pipe network ofup to 10 deg. C, depending on the power dissipation; and
    • A heat pipe network with uniform height equal to a single heat pipe height,i.e. the height of the heat p...

  • DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE APPROACH FOR LARGE FREQUENCY SELECTIVE SURFACES FOR TELECOM APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.164) RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8814

    Objective: The main objective of this activity is to develop and test a frequency selective surface enabling antenna architectures capable of producing a transmit/receive multiple beam coverage withonly one main reflector aperture.

    Targeted Improvements: Reducednumber of antenna apertures required for given telecommunications mission/Enable more complex and flexible antenna beam generation

    Description: There is a general trend to...

  • OPTICAL FEEDER-UPLINK PRE-COMPENSATION BASED ON DOUBLE-STARS (ARTES AT 3B.035)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to carry out a measurement campaign and develop waveform pre-compensation model based on information coming from double-stars.

    Targeted Improvements:To enable optical feeder uplinks by using the downlink information from telecommunication satellites to measure and pre-compensate the tip/tilt waveform distortion.

    Description:Optical satellite links suffer multiple distortions when crossi...

  • ENERGY EFFICIENT USER TERMINALS FOR MASSIVE UNCOORDINATED ACCESS VIA SATELLITE (ARTES AT 7B.043)

    The objective of the activity is to design and demonstrate solutions for compact and energy efficient Machine to Machine(M2M) user terminals for direct access via satellite. The aim is to jointly optimize the antenna architecture together with the novel access schemes at physical and access layer for global access network targeting low duty cycle and low volume traffic in one or multiple frequency bands.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling r...

  • VERY SMALL GEOSTATIONARY SPACECRAFT FOR TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS (ARTES FPE 1B.121) - EXPRO PLUS

    The proposed activity shall therefore investigate the feasibility and future challenges of deploying very small platforms into geostationary orbit to provide both existing and new telecommunication services. The activity shall consider the capability of platformsbelow 50 kg, taking into account recent performance improvements in terms of power provisioning and dissipation, pointing accuracy,and payload accommodation.

  • DEPLOYABLE 10-DBI-CLASS-GAIN UHF ANTENNA FOR NANO-SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5B.176)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, develop, build and test a compact 10-dBi-class-gain deployable UHF antenna for machine-to-machine nano-satellite missions.

    Targeted Improvements:Improvement of the directivity by a factor of 2-3 in comparison to today's state of the art whilst staying within a stowage volume of 1U (10x10x10 cubic cm).

    Description:Today, machine-to-machine missions using nano satellites are fea...

  • FLEXIBLE RESOURCE ALLOCATION TECHNIQUES FOR NGSO CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES AT 3A.095)

     

    Objective:

    The objectives of the activity are to develop a resource management algorithm able to optimise the allocation of resources of a non-Geostationary (NGSO) satellite co...

  • TEST BED FOR DEMONSTRATION OF THE SAFETY OF FUTURE TELECOMMUNICATION CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES AT 3A.083)

    Objective:To design, develop and cross validate independent test beds to emulate and demonstrate the safety of future telecommunication constellations.

    Targeted Improvements:Validating the safety of future telecommunication constellations is a requirement for Member States who might grant launch and operations licenses for such space projects. This test bed aims at easing this process and thus help future telecommunication constellation...

  • HOLLOW CATHODE FOR ELECTRIC PROPULSION USING ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES (ARTES AT 4B.137)

    Objective:The objective is to develop cathode assemblies for electric engines, using Advanced Manufacturing (e.g. 3D printing). Besides, the objectives include the reduction of part count number, and the increase of performance in terms of lifetime, robustness to mechanical environment, mass, reliability and electrical performance.

    Targeted Improvements:Develop a European cathode suitable for mass production with the following improveme...

  • HEAT PIPES AS SPACECRAFT STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS (ARTES AT 4D.056)

    Objective:The objective is to study the use of heat pipes as structural elements in order to stiffen the spacecraft structure.

    Targeted Improvements:Mass reduction of 20% of structure elements with respect to state of the art current architecture (due to less conservative design)Reduction Assembly and Integration complexity (as heat pipes could replace some existing structural brackets).

    Description:In current spacecraft design,...

  • ARTES 3/4: TELECOM - PRODUCTS PROGRAMME - MEGACONSTELLATIONS - CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 1-8468

    ARTES 3/4 is the ESA-Industry Programme for satellite telecommunication product developments. This time-limited 'Call for Proposals' is for the development of payload and platform products and processes for LEO-based broadband constellations featuring large numbers of satellites (the so-called "megaconstellations"), for which the industrial development plan is to be engaged before Q3 2016. Several of these ventures have eme...

  • OPTICAL WIRELESS ON-BOARD DATA TRANSMISSION "LIGHT FIDELITY" (LIFI) FOR TELECOM SPACECRAFT (ARTES AT AND SCYLIGHT 4G.023)

    Objective:The objective is to demonstrate the suitability of LiFi as a physical layer for data handling within telecom satellite electrical architecture.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction of the harness mass by 30%.Reduction of the Assembly Integration and Testtime by one week or more.

    Description:One of the challenges on a telecom spacecraft is to accommodate bundles of wires within complex harnesses. Wireless technologies will si...

  • SIMULATOR FOR MANAGING INTERFERENCE BETWEEN NGSO CONSTELLATIONS AND GSO (ARTES AT 3A.087) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design and develop a software tool to: (1) assess the inter-system interference among NGSO and GSO satellite networks (NGSO to/from GSO and NGSO to/from NGSO); (2) devise technologies and techniques for making coexistence of NGSO and GSO satellite networks possible and to assess their effectiveness; and (3) assess whether multiple NGSO broadband networks can coexist in the same frequency band.

    Target...

  • DIELECTRIC HIGH POWER OUTPUT DE-MULTIPLEXER AT KU/KA-BAND (ARTES AT 5C.361)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact dielectric high power output de-multiplexer for Ka-band multibeamsystems and to evaluate the concept by means of Ku-band and Ka-band engineering models.

    Targeted Improvements: 30% footprint reduction with respect to state of the art solutions.

    Description: In current multi-beam (Ka/Ku-band) systems a single Travelling...

  • LOW LOSS WAVEGUIDES COVERING HIGH FREQUENCY BANDS (ARTES AT 5C.351)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test low loss waveguides in Ka, Q, V and W-frequency bands for use in future high throughput satellite systems (transmit and receive bands).

    Targeted Improvements:20% reduction in insertion losses with respect to the state of the art.

    Description:Conventional rectangular waveguides have high insertion loss per metre. The most obvious consequences of the high i...

  • ARTES SCYLIGHT ROLLING WORK PLAN

    This first ScyLight Workplan has been established based on an ESA internal ARTES ScyLight Call for Ideas. It will be amended reflecting the findings from Industry Workshops or the consolidation process with stakeholders, like National Delegations, Operators, Service Providers, Satellite Manufacturers, Industry and experts which will take place in the next months. The activities have beenselected in line with the programme objectives for Line 1...

  • 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...

  • 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...