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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF LASER TECHNOLOGY (SCYLIGHT SL.004) EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to establish guidelines for the safe use of laser technology, addressing:

    1. Transmission through the atmosphere (to/from satellites or to/from unmanned aerial vehicles) with an emphasis on human eye safety.
    2. Space-to-space or ground-to-space links and the risk of blinding/damaging other space assets (international space station (ISS), satellites with optical instruments, etc.).
    3. Handli...

  • HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRIC PROPULSION THRUSTER SIMULATOR (ARTES AT 4F.121)

    Objective:The objective is to define and develop an electrical thruster simulator providing a new category of test equipment required to standardize acceptance and Power Processing Unit (PPU)-thruster coupling tests.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Enabling verificationsthat would not be possible with the flight hardware.
    • Mitigation of damage risks on flight hardware.
    • Reduce testing time by 30%.
    • Standardisa...

  • PHOTONICS PHASED ARRAY FOR OPTICAL FEEDER LINKS (SCYLIGHT SL.009)

    Objective: To develop a phased-array photonics circuit for phase-shifting of multiple transmit beams in optical feeder-link ground stations and to demonstrate its ability to compensate for atmospheric turbulence by means of wave-front pre-distortion.

    Targeted Improvements:Feeder link technology based on photonics phase shifters, without deformable mirrors.Deformable mirrors can be used topre-distort the laser beam in ground-to-space opt...

  • 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...

  • OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEXT GENERATION COMMUNICATION SATELLITES (SCYLIGHT SL.001)

    In order to assess the utilisation of optical technologies on-board next generation communication satellites (e.g. VHTS), the objectives of this activity are:

    1. To investigate end-to-end system architectures for next generation high throughput communication satellites exploiting optical technologies, including identification of the space segment modifications required to reali...

  • 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...

  • MECHANISM WITH MINIATURISED MOTOR FOR SPACE ANTENNA APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.171 FORMER PRIORITY 2) EXPRO+

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to develop enabling technology of a new source of miniaturised motors for small steerable space antennas.

    Targeted Improvements:Small volume (approximately 10-20 mm diameter x 50 mm length) and less than 200g mass

    Description:Small space antennas having steerable/reconfigurable reflectors require mini motors, both for antenna deployment and for antenna pointing in orbit. The need for su...

  • ELECTRODYNAMICALLY ENHANCED COOLING LOOPS (ARTES AT 4D.057)

    Objective:The objective is to reduce the size and increase efficiency of a mechanically pumped fluid loop.

    Targeted Improvements:To increase the heat exchange performance by a factor of 4 per unit area.

    Description:Growing heat dissipation of high performance electronics has created the demand for more efficient cooling systems for scientific and large telecommunication satellites. This forces platform designers to move from conv...

  • LARGE UNFURLABLE REFLECTOR SURFACE ASSEMBLY FOR KA-BAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.169) ( RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8909)

    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...

  • THERMAL ARCHITECTURES FOR POWER UNITS (ARTES AT 4F.119)

    Objective:The objective is to study, develop and test new thermal architectures for power units to maximise the heat transfer, minimise the unit's volume and to allow the unit to operate at a higher temperature.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Reduction of power units volume by about 25.
    • Mass savings at system level.
    • Simplification of the satellite thermal control system.
    • Simplification of the procurement o...

  • DEMISABLE HIGH PRESSURE TANKS FOR LEO SATCOMS (ARTES AT 4B.139)

    Objective:The objective is to develop materials and techniques to increase the demisability of high pressure vessels for LEO satcoms.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction by 20% to 30% of the casualty area for LEO Telecommunication satellites.

    Description:Since March 2014 (ESA IPOL-2014-002e), all ESA satellites and launcher upper stages which have to be disposed of by atmospheric re-entry atthe end of their operational life must demo...

  • 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...

  • LINK QUALITY RECEIVER OVER OPERATIONAL SATELLITE LINKS (ARTES AT 6A.063)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design and develop an integrated prototype receiver for carrying out accurate satellite channel measurements (amplitude and phase) over operational satellite links. The new receiver is expected to provide improved accuracy and estimation of new link parameters without strictly requiring the availability of a beacon source on board the satellite.

    Targeted Improvements:Simultaneous propagation...

  • 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...

  • C-BAND INTER-SATELLITE LINK (PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5A.054)

    Objective: Develop a low-cost C-band inter-satellite link terminal for use between LEO and GEO satellites.

    Targeted Improvements: Proposed activity shall lead to a low cost inter-satellite link solution for satellite missions. The solution may benefitfrom existing - globally available - C-band GEO infrastructure.

    Description: The use of FSS C-band satellites for providing a low-date rate inter-satellite link between LEO to GEO ha...

  • 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...

  • HANDOVER TECHNIQUES FOR IMPLEMENTING FIXED SATELLITE SERVICE INTERSATELLITE LINKS (ARTES AT 3A.092)

    The objective of the activity is to develop handover techniques for supporting inter-satellite links over Fixed Satellite Services (FSS).

    An end-to-end system demonstrator comprising a user terminal and the network of gateways shall be developed takinginto consideration current and future characteristics of FSS systems such as architecture, payload specifications (number of spot beams, beam hopping, etc.), interference, latency.

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  • MINIATURISED KA-BAND CIRCULATOR AND ISOLATOR (ARTES AT 5C.358)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, develop, manufacture and test miniaturised circulators and isolators for Ka-band applications.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for highly integrated Ka-band front-ends; 50% component size reductionin comparison to today's Ka-band products.

    Description:High Throughput Satellites require a large number of passive components. Integration and mass and size reduction of a...

  • 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...