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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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  • ON-BOARD FEED CHAIN FOR COMBINED Q, V-BAND FEEDER AND KA-BAND USER LINKS (ARTES AT 5B.193)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test a feed chain assembly for Very High Throughput Satellite (VHTS) applicationsincluding telecommunication and tracking channels, for combined Q, V-band feeder and Ka-band user links.

    Targeted Improvements: Elimination of a dedicated Q, V-band feeder link antenna; Reduction of the number of feeds of about 10%.

    Description:Upcoming Very-High-Throughput Satellite (VHTS...

  • 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...

  • FEED SYSTEM ENABLING SINGLE REFLECTOR BEAM HOPPING ANTENNA FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5B.168) (RE-ISSUE 1-8970)

    The objective is to design an antenna system capable of generating multiple hopped or switched antenna beams from a combined transmit/receive aperture, or from one aperture operating in transmit mode and one in receive mode, and to verify its critical functions.

    Targeted Improvements: Decrease the number of antenna apertures and the associated cost by a factor of greater than two...

  • WIDEBAND RF OVER IP DEMONSTRATOR (ARTES AT 6B.055)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and test a breadboard of a RF over IP acquisition/generation demonstrator for instantaneous signal bandwidthup to 5GHz, jointly with an adaptive compression technique with the scope to minimise the IP data rate required to transmit a given RF bandwidth.

    Targeted Improvements:Increase of instantaneous bandwidth from 220MHz to 5GHz of RF over IP acquisition/generation units.

    De...

  • SATELLITE AIR INTERFACE FOR RAILWAY CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES AT 3C.018)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and demonstrate a satellite air interface for railway control communications. The activity will validate the development using realistic packet level simulations and will implement a transceiver in software-defined radio.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling railway control communications over satellite.

    Description:The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is an initiative supporte...

  • ON BOARD PROCESSORS FOR REGENERATIVE PAYLOADS (ARTES AT 5C.383)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test an On-board Processor (OBP) for the use in regenerative payloads in LEO constellations.

    Targeted Improvements: Increase the processing power of on-board regenerative processors by 20%.

    Description: The current generation of regenerative processors for the GEO SATCOM market are us...

  • 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...

  • PHOTONIC LANTERN RECEIVER (ARTES AT 5C.392) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test an Engineering Model of a Photonic Lantern Receiver, reducing the complexity of the receiver for optical communication terminals by eliminating the complex pointing and tracking system (tip-tilt mirror) that is otherwise needed to efficiently collect the light onto a fast photodetector.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development not existing today in Europe,...

  • FULL DUPLEX STEERABLE ANTENNA FOR MASS MARKET INTERACTIVE TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7B.048)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test a prototype of a full duplex Ku- and/or Ka-band steerable antenna for battery powered (50Wh over life time) on-ground telemetry and tracking devices. Medium gain of 10 to 15dBi and a diameter below 10cm is targeted for this steerable antenna.

    Targeted Improvements:- Enabling full duplex operation for battery powered steerable antenna;- Low complexity by reduction of piec...

  • ASSESSMENT OF RELIABLE HIGH DATA RATE OPTICAL LINKS UNDER STRONG ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE CONDITIONS (SCYLIGHT SL.013)

    The objective of this study is to investigate optical technologies and techniques enabling reliable high data rate optical transmission through the atmosphere (>100Gbps) in a scenario representative (in terms of link attenuation and optical turbulence) of an optical link between a telecom satellite and an Optical Ground Station for elevation angles down to 5deg.

    Targeted Impro...

  • LIGHTWEIGHT DEPLOYABLE RADIATORS (ARTES AT 4D.062)

    The objective of this activity is to enlarge the spacecraft radiator area by unfolding respectively deploying lightweight radiator extensions. This increases the thermal heat radiation capability of the spacecraft. A deployable radiator breadboard shall be developed, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements: Reduction of mass per dissipated power to 15kg/kW, i.e. by a facto...

  • FAST COMPOSITE REFLECTOR MANUFACTURING (ARTES AT 5B.192)

    Antenna reflectors are key products for telecommunication payloads. The manufacturing time and complexity of reflectors are known to be driven by the need of a temperature-stable or temperature-compensated mould. The conventional approach for reflector manufacturing is to cure the composite sandwich in an autoclave in order to meet the stringent surface accuracy requirements dictated by the frequency of operation. Out-of-auto clave composite m...

  • MASSIVE-USER COMMUNICATION DEMONSTRATOR (ARTES AT 3C.016) (RE-ISSUE AO 1-9280)

    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 system emula...

  • 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...

  • MULTI-SCALE HEAT PIPE NETWORK FOR ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 4D.063)

    The objective of the activity is to develop an interconnected heat pipe network with pipes of adapted sizes, heat transport capacity and heat flux capability to reduce thermal gradients and thermal interfaces. In order to evaluate and demonstrate the performance improvements a scaled engineering model of a heat pipe network, as needed for active antenna array applications, shall bedesigned, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements...

  • MULTI-DIMENSIONAL TWO-PHASE HEAT PIPE NETWORK ARTES AT 4D.061)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a two-phase multi-dimensional heat pipe network breadboard enabling 30% improved thermal performance.Thermal models shall be developed to assist in the design and shall be validated on the breadboard.

    Targeted Improvements:Improve the thermal performance by more than 30% compared to state of the art.

    Description: Conventional heat pipe networks use two types of heat pipes. Long heat pip...

  • 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 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 - 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...