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  • HYBRID NAVIGATOR FOR TELECOMMUNICATION MISSIONS (ARTES AT 4C.051)

    On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2)

    The objective is to develop, manufacture and test a hybrid navigatorfor telecommunication missions, aiming at implementing a navigation unit composed of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) in the same board.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction of harness, mass (40%) and volume (50%) of the combined unit,Improvement of integratio...

  • LOW LOSS WAVEGUIDES COVERING HIGH FREQUENCY BANDS (ARTES AT 5C.351) RE-ISSUE ITT 1-9262

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...