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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  • VERY COMPACT INPUT MULTIPLEXER FOR BROADBAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.333)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact Ku-band input multiplexer for broadband applications applying state of the art circuit design techniques. An engineering model of a four channel multiplexer shall be manufactured and tested to fully validate the novel concepts developed.

    Targeted Improvements: 50% mass and footprint reduction of the channel filters of broadband input multiplexers.

    Description:

    Differen...

  • MINIATURISED RADIATION MONITOR (ARTES AT 4A.070)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a small (< 0.2 kg) radiation monitor capable of broad sensing of energetic charged particles for GEO telecommunication mission and electric propulsion orbit raising.

    Targeted Improvements: An order of magnitude reduction in the mass and volume as compared to present-day radiation monitors. Lower complexity and replacement of expensive materials compared to solut...

  • 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...

  • EFFECTIVE COATING FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR CELLS (ARTES AT 4F.111)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to evaluate and develop coating techniques and assess their superiority compared to state-of-the-art techniques in several areas of the solar cell processing such as the application of the antireflective coating, front and backside metallisation and passivation layers (which becomes more and more important as solar cell designs become thinner).

    Targeted Improvements: Performance increase for n...

  • W-BAND WAVEGUIDE SWITCH (PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5C.313) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective: Objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a W-band waveguide switch for advanced communication payloads.

    Targeted Improvements: This technology development is targeted to enable future W-band communication payloads where redundancy is needed.

    Description: The usage of the spectrum available in W-band for satellite communications will significantly reduce the number of gateways and consequently the ov...

  • GATEWAY DEMONSTRATOR FOR MACHINE-TO MACHINE (M2M) APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 6B.039)

    The objective of this activity to design, develop and test a gateway prototype able to establish synchronization with M2M terminalsusing low cost oscillators and to define a suitable forward link M2M air interface.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology on the Gateway to simplify the design of the M2M terminals and thus reduce their production costs.

    Description: Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications means the automated or...

  • PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT OF TRANSPARENT DIGITAL PROCESSORS (ARTES AT REF. 5A.051) EXPRO+

    Objective: Identify and develop the architectural and algorithmic improvements necessary to enhance the performance of Digital Transparent Processors in terms of signal dynamic range, low noise, port bandwidth flexibility, robustness to interference, power consumption, etc.

    Targeted Improvements: Improvement in dynamic range, noise level, robustness to interference and overall processor performance (power consumption and suitability for...

  • DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURE APPROACH FOR LARGE FREQUENCY SELECTIVE SURFACES FOR TELECOM APPLICATIONS ( ARTES AT 5B.164)

    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 t...

  • MINIATURISED RADIATION MONITOR (ARTES AT 4A.070)

    Objective:

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a small (< 0.2 kg) radiation monitor capable of broad sensing of energetic charged particles for GEO telecommunication mission and...

  • CUBESAT-BASED W-BAND CHANNEL MEASUREMENTS (ARTES AT 3B.033) RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8324 AND 1-8565

    Objective:

    Perform channel measurements at Wbands by means of a beacon designed, developed and launched on a Cubesat platform.

    Targeted Improvements:

    Augment ITU-R models for W-band with specific measurements such as

    1. Tropospheric scintillation at W-band including spectral properties dependence on elevation angles,
    2. combination of cloud and attenuation effects,
    3. frequency scalingof rain attenuati...

  • INTEGRATED BI-DIRECTIONAL AMPLIFIER FOR REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLE APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 6A.055)

    Objective: Development of a low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) unit integrating SSPA, LNA and diplexer operating in L and S bands. Generic but easily customisable design (e.g. filtering) for specific applications e.g. Inmarsat and Thuraya, and supporting non-constant envelope waveforms. Key parameters are mass of < 200g and power in the order of 5-7W (at th...

  • ACTUATOR WITH HIGH RESOLUTION MAGNETIC BRAKING (ARTES AT REF. 4E.072)

    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...

  • CARRIER AGGREGATION IN SATELLITE COMMUNICATION NETWORKS (ARTES AT REF. 3A.076) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to demonstrate the potential of Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology for various satellite communications networks (MSS, FSS) operating in various frequency bands (C-, Ku, Ka- and Q/V-bands). Carrier aggregation needs to be addressed at different levels of the communication stack:

    • Physical layer (e.g. multi-carrier transmit/receive, non-linear satellite channel, guard band setting);
    • ...

  • EFFECTIVE COATING FOR NEXT GENERATION SOLAR CELLS (ARTES AT 4F.111)

    Objective:

    The objective of the activity is to evaluate and develop coating techniques and assess their superiority compared to state-of-the-art techniques in several areas of the solar cell processing such as the application of the antireflective coating, front and backside metallisation and passivation layers (which becomes more and more important as solar cell designs become thinner).

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Perform...

  • VERY COMPACT INPUT MULTIPLEXER FOR BROADBAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.333)

    Objective:

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact Ku-band input multiplexer for broadband applications applying state of the art circuit design techniques. An engineering model of a four channel multiplexer shall be manufactured and tested to fully validate the novel concepts developed.

    Targeted Improvements:

    50% mass and footprint reduction of the channel filters of broadband input multiplexers.

    Des...

  • ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE MONITOR FOR GEO SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4A.069)

    Objective:

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test an engineering model of a monitor for measuring electrostatic discharge transients on spacecraft. Such a device will allow to gather information on the number and characteristics of electrostatic discharge transients in order to better match the electrostatic discharge design and verification methods to the needs and to providevital information for anomaly diagnosis, resol...

  • IMPLEMENTATION OF VIRTUALISED NETWORK FUNCTIONS (VNFS) FOR BROADBAND SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 6A.054)

    Objective: To design, implement and validate a prototype of a Virtualised Network Functions:

    • Performance Enhancement Proxy (VNF-PEP)
    • To provide a reference implementation for different PEPenhanced algorithms and assess the performance in representative satellite scenarios.

    Targeted Improvements:

    VNFaaS (Virtual Network Functions as a Service) has...

  • COMPACT FUEL LINES TECHNOLOGIES FOR USE IN ROTARY JOINTS (ARTES AT 4B.128 FORMER PRIORITY 2)

    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...

  • COST COMPETITIVE AND RELIABLE CONVERTERS (ARTES AT 5C.300)

    The objective of the activity is to assess the flexible converters requirements for geostationary applications, evaluatethe potential requirements relaxation and build and test an associatedengineering model.

    Targeted Improvements: Reduced costs (20%).

    Description: The pressure to reduce prices and delivery times of geostationary commercial telecommunications satellites is alwaysincreasing, at satellite, payload and equipment lev...

  • 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%.Reductio...

  • DEMONSTRATOR FOR LICENSE ASSISTED SPECTRUM ACCESS SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 3A.077)

    Objective:

    To design and build a License-assisted Spectrum Access (LSA) demonstrator that can exploit frequency sharing scenarios between satellite and other networks and radio services. To provide and trade off reference implementations of centralised versus distributed database-enabled LSA architectures in representative satellite operating environments.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Provide cost efficient and technically...

  • ARRAY ANTENNA GENERATING MULTIPLE FIXED WIDE BEAMS FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT (LEO) APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.170)

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...