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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • COMPACT DIPLEXERS FOR MULTIBAND USER TERMINALS (ARTES AT REF. 7A.041)

    Objective: This activity shall design and test two diplexer compatible for seamless integration with Outdoor Units.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology to allow antenna sharing of two frequency bands compatible with monolithic circuit fabrication.

    Description:

    Multi-band user terminal capability is a requirement which is typical of global mobile access (e.g. maritime, aeronautical) or fixed services where High-Throu...

  • VHF SHIP BORNE TERMINAL INTEGRATING SURVEILLANCE AND DATA EXCHANGE SERVICES (ARTES AT 7C.047)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a ship-borne user terminal prototype that integrates the Automatic Identification System (AIS), VHF Data Exchange (VDE) and Application Specific Messaging (ASM) functionalities into one single unit.

    Targeted Improvements: Allowing seamless operation of the AIS/VDE/ASM links for both terrestrial and satellite...

  • AGILE KA-BAND TRANSMIT FILTERS FOR COMPACT FLYAWAY USER TERMINALS (ARTES AT REF. 7A.040)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a Ka-band filter enabling compact flyaway user terminals operations across regions and frequencies.

    Targeted Improvements: Alternative tuneable filters could provide mass and size reductionof about 30% at terminal level.

    Description:

    The flyaway te...

  • POINTING ERROR ENGINEERING FOR TELECOMMUNICATION MISSIONS (ARTES AT 4A.064)

    Objective: The objective is to develop software based on existing methodologoes to improve pointing error control

    Targeted Improvements:

    • The expected benefits are a significant in the duration of the pointing error engineering process within the AOCS design anddevelopment cycles, as well as the improvement in theprocess of the robustness and reliability of the calculations. This also includes the exchange of information betw...

  • 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...

  • DIGITAL SUN SENSOR FOR TELECOM MISSIONS (ARTES AT REF. 4C.046) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a new digital sun sensor for the telecom market, meeting the 180 degree field of view, dual redundancy, power and data interface needs.

    Targeted Improvements: Improving performance of sun acquisition in safe mode, in particular taking into account full-electric satellites with limited torque capacity. Simplification of the sun sensor design. Simplification of integration...

  • ARTES CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORKPLAN 2017

    A key role of ESA in telecommunications is to promote a significant level of RD activities to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of European industry in the short and long term.ARTES Advanced Technology (ARTES AT), is the Agencys main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications, and it covers the long-term RD activities.

    ARTES AT activities contain significantamount of industrial research and technical risk a...

  • VHF SHIP BORNE TERMINAL INTEGRATING SURVEILLANCE AND DATA EXCHANGE SERVICES (ARTES AT 7C.047)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a ship-borne user terminal prototype that integrates the Automatic Identification System (AIS), VHF Data Exchange (VDE) and Application Specific Messaging (ASM) functionalities into one single unit.

    Targeted Improvements:Allowing seamless operation of the AIS/VDE/ASM links for both terrestrial and satellite components.Facilitating the adoption of maritime satellite...

  • 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...

  • WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXING (WDM) ON OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (FORMER PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5A.053)

    Objective: Implement wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) at 1064 nm wavelength to significantly increase the data rate of the current generation of laser communication terminals

    Targeted Improvements: Enable next generation Laser Communication Terminals to provide data rates in excess of 20 Gbps.

    Description: The goal of this activity is to demonstrate wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) within the broad amplification windo...

  • COMPACT DIPLEXERS FOR MULTIBAND USER TERMINALS (ARTES AT REF. 7A.041)

    Objective: This activity shall design and test two diplexer compatible for seamless integration with Outdoor Units.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology to allow antenna sharing of two frequency bands compatible with monolithic circuit fabrication

    .Description: Multi-band user terminal capability is a requirement which is typical of global mobile access (e.g. maritime, aeronautical) or fixed services where High-Throughput S...

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF MULTI-USER-DETECTION TECHNIQUES FOR MULTI-BEAM BROADBAND SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3A.081)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a low complexity receiver emulator supporting multi-user-detection techniques based on code division multiplexing. A system emulator shall be developed to demonstrate the achieved throughput improvements in networks supporting full frequency reuse.

    Targeted Improvements: To at least double the achievable beam peak throughput in a multi-beam broadband system compared to co...

  • 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 of high th...

  • POWER PROCESSING UNIT SWITCH-ON STRATEGY AFTER SPACECRAFT SEPARATION (ARTES AT REF. 4F.099) (RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8866)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to allow Power Processing Unit (PPU) switch on as quickly as possible after spacecraft separation.

    Targeted Improvements: To avoid long drifts during mission phases (days).

    Description: High power units like PPUs havethe risk of Corona at first start-up if the pressure is too high. Traditionally, such units are therefore only switched on after several days of depressurization and outgas...

  • SMA COMPATIBLE FAST LOCKING CONNECTOR (ARTES AT 5C.331)

    Objective of this activity is to develop fast locking connectors for cable assemblies compatible with standard SMA jack connectors.

    Targeted Improvements: Increased layout density for payload equipment in the order of 20% together with up to 10%-30% reduction in assembly, integration and testing (AIT) time of payloads.

    Description:Today SMA con...

  • PRE-ALIGNED NON-INTRUSIVE KU-BAND DIRECT-TO-HOME ANTENNA USING ADVANCED MANUFACTURING (ARTES AT 7B.038)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a Ku-band TV reception wall-mounted antenna that is eithercustomisable or self-aligning.
    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology to allow mass production of customised either self-aligned or flat-mounted aesthetic antenna.
    Description: Many private users are reluctant or are not allowed to install parabolic antennas due to installation inconveniences and/or aesthetic...

  • SOFTWARE DEFINE RADIO (SDR) 'MAKERSPACE' FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATION (ARTES AT 6B.042)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to enable rapid prototyping and implementation of early proof of concepts using Software Design Radio (SDR) technology.

    Targeted Improvements:Significant time reduction to develop and produce ground and user segment SDR prototypes

    Description:Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology allows for a rapid prototyping of air interfaces, flexibility in the selection of the frequency bands and...

  • QUANTIFYING RECONFIGURATION AND FLEXIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR SATELLITE PAYLOADS OPERATING WITHIN THE 5G ENVIRONMENT (ARTES FPE 1B.119) - EXPRO PLUS

    The next generation of mobile network standards, 5G, will be of great significance to the overall telecommunications sector as ever-increasing focus is put on convergence and full re-configurability of services and networks.

    This development will encompass the implementation of several new paradigms, such as Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation (SDN/NFV), which would,for example, enable the possibility to:

    ...

  • BEAM-HOPPING BASED USER MODEM (ARTES AT 7B.036)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a ground user modem prototype to operate in a beam-hoppingbased satellite system.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technologies to identify and implement the required changes in the existing modem capabilities to be compatible with the beam-hopping technique.

    Description: Beam-hopping grants the satellite system a large flexibility in accommodating irregular and time-va...

  • SUPPORTING SPECTRUM STRATEGIES FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES FPE 1D.017)

    The current cycle of the World Radio Conference addresses more topics than ever which are of direct relevance to future satellite communications, representing both threats and opportunities. The threats to satellite spectrum allocations, driven primarily by the interests of the terrestrial mobile industry in rolling out 5G networks at higher RF frequencies, are already being realised.

    Public statements from some national regulators sugg...

  • NEXT GENERATION HIGH DATA RATE TRUNKING SYSTEMS (ARTES FPE 1B.113)

    High data rate trunking (or point-point-connectivity) is a well-established application and valuable source of revenue for the satellite sector, providing connectivity between established communications infrastructure and remote locations. There has been some evolution in this market in recent years however, with a number of new initiatives providing such services in novel and ever more competitive ways, e.g:There has been a growth in the numb...

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF FLEXIBLE, HIGH CAPACITY PAYLOAD FOR GEOSTATIONARY BROADBAND MULTIMEDIA MISSIONS (ARTES AT 5A.070)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate a scalable, generic and flexible payload architecture for high capacity geostationary broadband multimedia missions based on active array antennas and suitable for use in a beam hopping system.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development to increase the readiness to implement highly flexible, high capacity, geostationary, broadband multimedia missions using active array...

  • SATELLITE BACKHAULING PROTOTYPE FOR FUTURE NARROW BAND INTERNET OF THINGS (NB-IOT) NETWORKS (ARTES AT 6B.041)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a prototype mini system (gateway and terminal) capable of providing satellite backhauling services for future NB-IoT.

    Targeted Improvements:Enables new satellite communication services forbackhaulingM2M and Internet-of-Things communications.

    Description:Many terrestrial M2M/IoT needs are currently served with so-called LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks). It is howeve...