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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.

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  • SPACE FOR HEALTH: "INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS FOR SANITATION ECONOMY" FS - EXPRO PLUS

    In 1999 the United Nations acknowledged that the development gap between rich and poor countries was widening: about three-fifths of the world's population lacked access to basic sanitation and one-third did not have access to safe drinking water. In spite of many initiatives and efforts, the sanitation issue is still largely unresolved; it is estimated that 2.3 billion people - primarily in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the...

  • Q-/V-BAND ANTENNA FOR AERONAUTICAL APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 7C.048)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a Q-/V-band antenna to be embarked on civilian aviationfleets in order to increase the data rate available for the end users.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling European technology development of a Q/V band antenna with smaller SWaP (size, weight and power), lower profile and drag than the current Ka band solutions.

    Description:The use of higher frequencies is becoming...

  • W- TO KA-BAND FREQUENCY CONVERTER (ARTES AT 5C.363)

    Objective: The objective is to design, build, and test an engineering model of a W to Ka-band frequency converter for future telecom payloads.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology for future telecom systems based on the use of W-band for the gateway links.

    Description:A trend in ultra-high throughput systems is to employ high frequency bands (e.g., Q/V-band) for the gateway links in order to enhance the overall system throu...

  • SPACE FOR HEALTH: INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS FOR SANITATION ECONOMY FS - EXPRO PLUS

    In 1999 the United Nations acknowledged that the development gap between rich and poor countries was widening: about three-fifths of the world's population lacked access to basic sanitation and one-third did not have access to safe drinking water. In spite of many initiatives and efforts, the sanitation issue is still largely unresolved; it is estimated that 2.3 billion people - primarily in Asia, sub-Saharan Afric...

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

    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 demonstrate...

  • SPIN-IN OF 3GPP TERRESTRIAL RADIO ACCESS TECHNOLOGY FOR SATCOM (ARTES AT 3C.017)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to adapt and reuse the 3GPP (Release 13 and beyond) terrestrial radio access technologies in satellite systems in order to significantly simplify the implementation of the emerging satellite networks and the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks. The adapted technologies will be implemented and demonstrated in a combined hardware/software verification platform.

    Targeted Improvemen...

  • 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...

  • RAPID CALIBRATION AND TESTING FOR ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 7B.044)

    The objective of the activity is to elaborate, design and verify an antenna gain measurement system suited for rapid calibration and characterisation of active planar ground terminal antennas, which are series produced. The ground terminal antennas will operate in Ku and Ka-band.

    Targeted Improvements:Time reduction of more than 90% of the overall antenna measurement and calibration step when compared to conventional measurement methods...

  • 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...

  • 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 c...

  • LOW PROFILE DUAL POLARIZATION ANTENNA FOR PROFESSIONAL MOBILE USER TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7A.053)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a low profile dual polarization antenna addressing the professional mobile platform market (long-range buses and trains) operating in Ku- or Ka-band both in transmit and receive mode.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction in thickness of at least one third with respect to existing solutions based on metallic reflectors.Reduction in complexity and improved performance with respect to existing soluti...

  • UNMANNED MARITIME SYSTEMS FS

    The term Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) refers to all systems, subsystems, associated components, vehicles, equipment and logistics for the operation of Unmanned Vehicles. These vehicles can be operated on the surface or underwater and may be remotely operated, partially or fully autonomous. The advancement of UMS technology to date has largely coincided with the requirements of the security and defence community,...

  • 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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  • HIGHLY INTEGRATED ACTIVE BEAM FORMING NETWORK FOR KA-BAND PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 5B.179)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a compact Ka-band beam forming network breadboard for phased arrayantenna applications requiring a high number of beams.

    Targeted Improvements: To increase the number of beams that can be generated by active phased array antennas from about 10 to more than 40.

    Description:

    Today, phased array antennas are limited to very few beams (around 10). This is due to...

  • HIGH SPECTRAL PURITY REFERENCE GENERATOR FOR FLEXIBLE LOCAL OSCILLATORS (ARTES AT 5C.362)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a high spectral purity reference generator circuit enabling spurious free (or below the phase noise) operation of commercial of-the-shelf frequency synthesizers without phase noise degradation.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology development of high spectral purity reference generators not existing today with spurious level below phase noise and no phase noise degra...

  • 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...

  • RADIO-FREQUENCY (RF) FEEDS WITH INTEGRATED RF, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL FUNCTIONS (ARTES AT 5B.182)

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a complex, thermally stable, high power broadcast feedand its support structure with a reduced number of manufactured parts, and ideally as a single piece.

    Targeted Improvements:20% mass reduction compared to equivalent state of the art RF feeds, with fewer parts and reduced complexity in terms of design, assembly and integration.

    Description:

    Antenna feeds,...

  • HIGHLY DISTRIBUTED SMALL GATEWAY ARCHITECTURES FOR VHTS APPLICATIONS (ARTES FPE 1B.123)

    As telecommunication satellites attempt to keep pace with the increasing data rates and falling costs per Mbps delivered by terrestrial networks, the total throughput capability of VHTS systems has risen rapidly. The latest round of commercial spacecraft now offer total throughput in excess of the 1 TBps considered a distant target only a few years ago. To maintain the competitive position ofsatellite in the future...

  • 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...

  • ACCURATE G/T CHARACTERISATION OF Q-, V- AND W-BAND GROUND STATIONS (ARTES AT 6B.046)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop the methodology for the characterisation of Ground station G/T based on the use of radio stars (like the sun or the moon) up to W band.

    Targeted Improvements:Procedures for calibration of a ground station with radio stars taking into account the atmospheric absorption and solar emissions.

    De...

  • OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEXT GENERATION OPTICAL INTER-SATELLITE LINKS (SCYLIGHT SL.002)

    The objectives of this study are:

    1. To investigate end-to-end communications system architectures for next generation optical inter-satellite links (optical ISLs) and to establish the system requirements.
    2. To perform a preliminary design of the optical terminals for next generation optical ISLs achieving a user data rate of 10 20 Gbit/s.
    3. To identify the critical subunits of the optical te...

  • PASSIVE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK FOR 1000-FIXED-BEAM-CLASS KA-BAND ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 5B.180)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a passive low-power distribution network to support 1000-fixed-beam-class Ka-band antennas.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development for beam forming networks capable of handling 1000 fixed beams.

    Description:

    Emerging new telecom applications for Very-High-Throughput-Satellites (i.e. ICE programme) require a very high number of beams (i.e. about 1000). State-of-the...

  • MASSIVE-USER COMMUNICATION DEMONSTRATOR (ARTES AT 3C.016)

    Objective: 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...

  • COMPACT HIGH POWER LASER SOURCE FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT TO GROUND USE (ARTES AT 5C.353)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop a high power compact directly modulated laser source for data transmission between LEO satellites and ground with an average output power greater than 1W and with a beam quality factor of less than 1.3.

    Targeted Improvements: 50% reduction in size of existing pulsed laser sources; 25% reduction in DC power consumption; enabling development for use on small platforms capable to reach...