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  • COST-EFFECTIVE HIGH-GAIN CUBESAT ANTENNAS (PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5B.165)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop cost-effective high gain antennas for inter-satellite links between cubesats.

    Targeted Improvements: 1. Increased gain compared to the already proposed Bulls Eye Medium Gain antenna (>10 dB)2. Increased compactness compared to other 60 GHz high gain antennas (HGA)Using the described manufacturing technologies a mass reduction of 50% can be expected. It should be noted that for 6...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 3GPP NARROW-BAND INTERNET-OF-THINGS (NB-IOT) USER SENSOR INTEGRATION INTO SATELLITE NETWORKS (ARTES AT 3A.106)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a demonstrator of a satellite system where 3GPP NB-IoT user sensors are fully integrated. The demonstrator will consist of an on-board transceiver prototype integrated in a test bed capable of emulating a number of users and channel impairments to demonstrate the system's performance in realistic conditions.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling the integration of 3GPP NB-IoT user sensors into satel...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...