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  • COMPACT BROADBAND INPUT FILTERS AT C AND KU BAND BASED ON DIELECTRIC MATERIALS (ARTES AT 5C.379)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test compact broadband input filters at C-band and at Ku-band based ondielectric materials.Advanced manufacturing processes shall be employed for the engineering models to reduce the number of piece parts.

    Targeted Improvements:Footprint reduction of C-band and Ku-band input filters by 50% whilst maintaining all electrical performance parameters in comparison to the currentsta...

  • WIDEBAND SOFTWARE DEFINED HUB (ARTES AT 6B.056)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a prototype of a fully software-implemented broadband hub up to 5GHz instantaneous bandwidth.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling a fully software-implemented hub up to 5GHz instantaneous bandwidth, which does not exist today.

    Description: The use of RF over IP has increased during the latest ye...

  • PROTOTYPE OF A CENTRALIZED BROADBAND GATEWAY FOR PRECODED MULTI-BEAM NETWORKS (ARTES AT 6B.047)

    The objective of the activity is to design and test a prototype of abroadband gateway suitable for a Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) network supporting precoding technique.

    Targeted Improvements:Improve the throughput of HTS network (> 40%) with respect to currently deployed state of art high throughput satellite systems.

    Description:...

  • OPTICAL MULTIPLEXING FOR WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXING (WDM) ON OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (SCYLIGHT SL.018)

    The objective of the activity is to develop the corresponding technology and demonstrate the feasibility of a space compatible WDM multiplexer capable of operating up to a total optical input power of 100W, as well as a WDM demultiplexer handling low power levels. The proposed solution shall operate in a wavelength range around 1064nm.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology d...

  • IN-ORBIT TUNEABLE INTERMEDIATE FREQUENCY FILTERS (ARTES AT 5C.389)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a compact in-orbit tuneable intermediate frequency (IF)filter withthe ability to tune the bandwidth of flexible frequency converters over a frequency range from 36 MHz to 500 MHz.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Enabling in-orbit tuneable bandwidth flexibility for frequency converters;
    • Reduction of the complexity and mass of frequency converters for fully flexi...

  • ON-ORBIT SERVICING PREPARED PLATFORMS (ARTES AT 4A.080)

    The objective of the activity is to develop the critical features on the customer telecommunication platform for ready on-orbit servicing. The activity willconsider at least aids to facilitate the servicer to approach, rendezvous and perform proximity operations(e.g. visual/thermal markers, retro-reflectors), grapple fixture(s) for capture, and a re-fuelling interface. The technologies and provisions developed shall be validated by modelling a...

  • LIGHTWEIGHT, ACOUSTIC-LOAD-INSENSITIVE MILLIMETRE-WAVE ANTENNA REFLECTOR (ARTES AT 5B.189)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a lightweight millimetre-wave antenna reflector with minimal or no sensitivity to acousticloading. The reflector shall be scalable to diameters of up to 3 metres and be compatible with Ka- to W-band operation.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction of mass per reflector area by a factor of 2.

    Description: Next-generation telecommunication satellites such as Very-High-Throughp...

  • SOLID REFLECTOR WITH METAL MESH AS THE REFLECTIVE SURFACE (ARTES AT 5B.183) RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a side-deployable reflector with metal mesh as the reflective surface and a solid backing structure.

    Targeted Improvements:Lightweight antenna reflectors with a significant mass reduction of 25% when compared to state-of-the-art reflectors, a shaping capability, very low reflective loss and low acoustic load sensitivity.

    Description:Current state-of-art side-deploya...

  • TECHNIQUE FOR LOCATING PASSIVE INTER-MODULATION SOURCES (ARTES AT 5B.188)

    The objective of this activity is to develop fast testing techniques for on-board antennas to locate radiated and conducted sourcesof Passive Inter-Modulation (PIM) products. Validation of the PIM location technique shall be performed on representative hardware.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling fast identification of the locations of PIM sources in assembled antennas during satellite assembly, integration and test (AIT). Potential time s...

  • SINGLE POLE MULTI-THROW KA-BAND MICROWAVE MONOLITHIC INTEGRATED CIRCUIT SWITCH FOR SIGNAL DISTRIBUTION, REDUNDANCY AND BEAM-HOPPING (ARTES AT 5C.386)

    Objective: To reduce the complexity of large signal routing switch matrices by developing a single-pole multi-throw switch Microwave Monolithic IntegratedCircuit (MMIC) in Ka-band with at least 8 switchable ports and an RF power handling in excess of 2 W, along with the associated packaging solution.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling building block technology with at least eight switchable ports integrated inside the same device. The curre...

  • MINI HOLD-DOWN RELEASE ACTUATOR (ARTES AT 4E.074)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a new Mini HDRA (Hold-Down Release Actuator) breadboardaimed at deploymentapplications on small satellites, compatible with the emerging microsatellite markets.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling a European or Canadian source of a mini HDRA with maximum load capability of 1000 N, less than 10 W power consumption and less than30 grams.

    Description: With the advent of co...

  • INTEGRATED SOLAR PANEL ANTENNA ARRAYS FOR MACHINE TO MACHINE (M2M) AND INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) (ARTES AT 7B.049)

    The objective if this activity is the development of a dual self- powered solar panel integrated with an array antenna for M2M and IoT applications.

    Targeted Improvements:- Terminal size reduction between 40% and 50%;- Reduction of 30%-40% of cablinginterfacesand structure.

    Description:M2M and IoT terminals often require being small and self-powered; this entails not only the antenna deployment but also the installation of additi...

  • SIMULATOR OF VERY HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE WITH FLEXIBLE PAYLOAD (ARTES AT 3A.105)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate an end-to-end performance simulator for flexible very high throughput satellites embarking activeantennas and digital processors. The simulator will assess the payload performance in the far field with real signal excitation and it will focus on thepayload architectural and functional performance.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling simulator to support the design, performance assessme...

  • COMPACT 8 KV CLASS HIGH VOLTAGE PLANAR TRANSFORMER FOR ELECTRONIC POWER CONDITIONING UNITS (ARTES AT 5C.382)

    The objective of this activity is to design and to develop a high voltage power transformer in planar technology for Electronic Power Conditioning Units(EPC) used to drive travelling wave tubes. The aim is to develop a novel transformer design solution not existing today in Europe for up to 8kV class ofEPCs. This will enable the next generation of compact EPCs. A transformer engineering model shall be designed, manufactured and tested to valid...

  • MULTI-BAND MICROWAVE MULTIPORT POWER COMBINER FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7A.062)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of a wideband multiport (at least 16 input ports) power combiner for ground terminals operating over multiple frequency bands (C, X, Ku and Ka).

    Targeted Improvements:- Enabling the use of multiport amplifiers deploying single wideband HPAs (20W combined output power) and graceful degradation in comparison to today's state of the art multiplexed solution with H...

  • RADIO-FREQUENCY (RF) FEEDS WITH INTEGRATED RF, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL FUNCTIONS (ARTES AT 5B.182) RE-ISSUE 1-9290

    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, in most...

  • BROADBAND SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS TO REMOTE PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS (RPAS) USING HIGH ALTITUDE PSEUDO-SATELLITES (ARTES AT 3A.103) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and demonstrate a GSO satellite communication system that integrates an intermediate layer of High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) to provide command and control links, broadband payload data communicationsand inter-vehicle links to swarms of unmanned vehicles. The activity will develop the physical, data link and network layers of theend-to-end satellite communication system and will im...

  • HIGH POWER Q-BAND SOLID STATE POWER AMPLIFIER (ARTES AT 5C.391)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a breadboard of a 5W Q-band flexible output power amplifier moduleusing low loss spatial combining techniques. Furthermore, the use of the 5 W module to achieve higher power of up to 40 W - 80 W shall be demonstrated and evaluated as an alternative to vacuum tubes.

    Targeted Improvements:- Enabling European technology development and demonstration of 20% power added efficie...

  • DATA-DRIVEN NETWORK CONTROLLER AND ORCHESTRATOR FOR REAL-TIME NETWORK MANAGEMENT (ARTES AT 3A.108)

    The objective of the activity is to prototype a network controller and orchestrator that uses the network telemetry and control data in real-time rather thanallocating resources statically a priori. The activity will develop a testbed for validating the concept.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling real-time network control based on network telemetry data.

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  • 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...

  • ARTES CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORKPLAN 2020 - EMITS / WEBSITE

    A key role of ESA within the satellite telecommunications sector is to promote high levels of Research and Development activity within Participating State industry to help ensure both their preparedness and competitiveness in both the short and long terms. ARTES Core Competitiveness Element Programme Component A Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is concerned with the early development stages ofnew systems and the exploitation of new and promising...

  • 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 CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORKPLANS EMITS / WEBSITE

    A key role of ESA within the satellite telecommunications sector is to promote high levels of Research and Development activity within Participating State industry to help ensure both their preparedness and competitiveness in both the short and long terms.

    ARTES Core Competitiveness Element Programme Component A Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is concerned with the early development stages of new systems and the exploitation of new and p...