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  • COMPACT KU- AND KA-BAND RF SWITCH NETWORK (ARTES AT 5C.408)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and test compact switch technology at Ku- and Ka-band, compatible with on-chip integration. Two 4-by-4 switch matrix demonstrators will be designed, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements: Achieve a high degree of miniaturisation, aiming at 50% size reduction compared to the state-of-the-art for broadband and low loss switching networks.

    Description: RF switches are w...

  • SATELLITE CONTROL CENTRE DEMONSTRATOR FOR HIGH ALTITUDE PSEUDO-SATELLITES (HAPS) (ARTES AT 6B.059)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and implement the adaptations required onto off-the-shelf solutions to integrate High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) into satellite control centres and to develop a breadboard of the satellite control system for HAPS.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling the integration of HAPS operations into satellite control centres.

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  • MINIATURISED VHF/UHF OMNIDIRECTIONAL ANTENNA FOR M2M/IOT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 7B.047) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a miniaturised low frequency circularly polarised omnidirectionalantennas forM2M/IoT applications maintaining appropriate RF performance including antenna efficiency and operating bandwidth. Design and manufacturingmethods shall be suitable for mass production.

    Targeted Improvements:Size reduction ranging by a factor of 3 to 5 compared to state-of-art.

    Description:...

  • LARGE OFFSET-FED DEPLOYABLE REFLECTOR FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5B.190)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a large Ka-band reflector antenna concept (1 m to 3 m, scalable up to5 m) for small satellites(50 to 150Kg) in low earth orbit. Large offset reflector concepts with a low stowage ratio (less than 30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) shall be studied and tradedoff. A demonstrator shall be designed, manufactured and tested.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling European independence with respect to...

  • INTER SATELLITE LINK V-BAND SOLID STATE POWER AMPLIFIER MODULE (ARTES AT 5C.381 RE-ISSUE OF 1-9719)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test an enabling inter satellite link V- Band solid state power amplifier module breadboard delivering 10W saturated power with better than 15% efficiency for Intersatellite RF links of at least 10Gbps over a di...

  • Q-BAND CHANNEL MODEL FOR MOBILE TERMINALS (ARTES AT 3B.038)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a Q-band channel model for mobile terminals served by non-geostationary constellations. A propagation receiver will be designed, manufactured and tested. A measurement campaign will be carried out in various nearly line-of-sight propagation environments (urban, sub-urban) using the Alphasat Q-band beacon in order to derive and validate the channel model.

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  • THERMALLY ENHANCED POWER UNIT HOUSING USING EMBEDDED TWO-PHASE TECHNOLOGY (ARTES AT 4D.069)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop a single-piece housing with embedded channels that transport waste heat fromthe electronic components to an external heat sink, reducing the overall thermal gradient within an electronic power unit. It shall be able to operate both on-ground and in-flight.

    Targeted Improvements: Increase the heat rejection capacity of the spa...

  • BROADBAND, HIGH Q, BULK WAVE ACOUSTIC FILTERS IN C-BAND AND BEYOND (ARTES AT 5C.403) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test broadband, high Q (greater than 1000) filters based on bulk wave resonators. A 500MHz wide C-band breadboard filter shall be manufactured and the potential for using the technology in the X-band to Ku-band frequency range shall be assessed.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development to replace RF cavit...

  • MONOLITHIC INTEGRATED TUNEABLE ACTIVE FILTERS FOR WIDEBAND FREQUENCY CONVERTERS (ARTES AT 6B.071)

    The objective of the activity is to develop monolithic microwave integrated tuneable active filters for frequency converters to be used in ground-based communication equipment. One K-band (20 GHz) and one Ka-band (30 GHz) tuneable band-pass filters designed with miniaturised footprint will be manufactured and validated in a laboratory environment.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling...

  • ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR TELECOM PLATFORMS (ARTES AT 4F.138)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an electronic circuit breaker suitable for all electronic units in a telecom platform.

    Targeted Improvements: Improving the response time by two orders of magnitude and voltage control byan order of magnitude; Enable simplified power management on the unit side; Enable reset of the power protection.

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  • SHORT-TERM FORECAST OF SIGNAL PROPAGATION CONDITIONS BASED ON NUMERICAL WEATHER MODELS AND GROUND TERMINAL FEEDBACK (ARTES AT 3B.037)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a channel performance model based on numerical weather prediction models along with thefeedback provided by the ground terminals of a satcom system. The model will generate short-term statistical nowcasts and forecastsof the propagation conditions in each point of the system's coverage. The system throughput and availability gains achieved by the model will be validated and demonstrated in an end-to-...

  • EUROPEAN KA-BAND HIGH POWER SOLID STATE TECHNOLOGY FOR ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 5C.414)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a 10-20W class Ka-band European Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit high power amplifier with improved efficiency as needed for applications in active array antennas. This shall include the development of a European solid state fabrication process.

    Targeted Improvements: At least a 10-20% improvement of power added...

  • SOLAR ARRAY TO POWER DIRECTLY AN ELECTRICAL PROPULSION SYSTEM (ARTES AT 4F.140)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test coupons of high-power, high-voltage solar arrays (e.g. 300V and more) feeding directly the electric propulsion system. T

    argeted Improvements: Enabling direct feed of solar array power to electricalpropulsion systems.

    Description:

    In order to feed power gen...

  • LARGE DEPLOYABLE REFLECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH FINE POINTING CAPABILITY FOR KA-BAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.191)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a Large Deployable Reflector Assembly (3m an above) concept with fine pointing capability (at least 0.02 degrees), re-focusing and in-orbit alignment for Ka-band applications. The fine pointing and alignment concept shall be further developed and critical elements breadboarded and tested.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology development of an in-orbit fine pointing and alignment capabili...

  • BATTERY PASSIVATION FOR SMALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4F.137)

    The objective of this activity is to define the specific conditions necessary to achieve safe passivation of Lithium (Li) ion battery cells at end of mission, and to design, manufacture and test an electrical power management system for CubeSats allowing battery passivation.

    Targeted Improvements: Enable small satellites to comply with clean space requirements, enabling missions...

  • INTEGRATED SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5GHZ-BAND SYSTEM FOR THE COMMAND AND CONTROL OF UAVS (ARTES AT 3A.113)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a system that integrates terrestrial (line-of-sight) and satellite (beyond line-of-sight) links in the 5030-5091 MHz band to provide seamless communications for the command and control of UAVs. The system will be tested and demonstrated in a real-time testbed capable of emulating realistically and simultaneously the terrestrial and satellite links.

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  • EMBEDDED SENSOR NETWORK IN SPACECRAFT STRUCTURES COMPATIBLE WITH DIGITAL FACTORIES (ARTES AT 4A.083)

    The objective of the activity is to develop an integrated sensor network in a spacecraft primary structure (e.g. panel,central thrust tube), by spinning-in digital factory technologies to series production of telecom satellite components. The activitywill select a structural component, and then develop both a digital model and breadboard using a sensor network for intelligent performance prediction through all stages of manufacture, assembly,...

  • Q/V BAND AERONAUTICAL TERMINAL (ARTES AT 7A.063)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a Q/V-band aeronautical terminal prototype. For validation purpose, a bi-directional link of a DVB-S2 modulated signal between a Q/V band satellite transponder and the terminal will be performed.

    Targeted Improvements: 50% increase in performance over existing Ku- and Ka-band terminals.

    Desc...

  • USER TERMINAL HYBRID ANTENNA FOR CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES AT 7C.058)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a steerable, small and reliable user terminal antenna for fixed andmobile satcom applications allowing for seamless beam switching (<100 ms) in a NGSO multi-beam satellite network. The antenna shallbe based on a hybrid i.e. mechanical and electrical/switching mechanism reducing complexity and size.

    Targeted Improvements: Complexity reduction by a factor of 10 when compared to full...

  • GALLIUM NITRIDE (GAN) KA-BAND HIGH POWER AMPLIFIERS (HPA) FOR VSAT (ARTES AT 7A.061)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test 2W and 4W European Gallium Nitride (GaN) Ka-band high poweramplifier prototypes for Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT).

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling a European Source of Ka-band 2W and 4W HPAs.

    Description:

    Contemporary Ka-band satellite communication systems require Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) of high-transmitted power to maintain continuous connec...

  • LOW VOLTAGE, HIGH CURRENT POWER CONVERTER FOR HIGH POWER INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ARTES AT 5C.410)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a power converter with low output voltage and high output current capability to fulfil the needs of high power integrated circuits (including ASICs, FPGAs and micro-processors) as needed for on-board payload processors and computers.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling a European source of power converters with an outputvoltage lower than 1.2 V and an output current higher tha...

  • VERY LOW LATENCY SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM (ARTES AT 3A.115)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test in orbit a very low latency satellite communication system at altitudes between 200km and 300km. This will include the design and manufacturing of a small payload. The activity will include six months of operations to characterise the orbital environment and test the functionality, versatility and performance of the communicationlink in this orbital range.

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  • AGILE NETWORK CONFIGURATION FOR 5G INTERNET-OF-THINGS SERVICES OVER SATELLITE (ARTES AT 3A.109)

    The objective of the activity is to develop network configuration mechanisms that can deploy internet-of-things services over satellite with minimum lead-time. The activity includes the development of the necessary interfaces to integrate such serviceswith 5G sliced network concepts and protocols. The network management mechanisms will be validated and demonstrated as a minimum ina test-bed or, if available, in a l...

  • WAVEFORM TAILORING FOR MULTI-GIGABIT REGENERATIVE SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3C.019)

    The objective of the activity is to develop specific waveforms for regenerative satellite systems enabling multi-Gigabitthroughput. The impact of the developed waveforms on the payload performance will be assessed by breadboarding with COTS hardware critical functions such as modulators, demodulators, coders and decoders. Besides, the impact of the waveforms at system level and the overall throughput will be assess...

  • INTEGRATED SOLAR PANEL ANTENNA ARRAYS FOR MACHINE TO MACHINE (M2M) AND INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) (ARTES AT 7B.049) RE-ISSUE 1-9733

    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 cabling interfaces and structure.

    Description:

    M2M and IoT terminals often require being small and self-powered; this entails not...