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Contracts are gained via Invitation To Tender (ITT), issued by TIA. Refer to the link "Business with ARTES" to find out more about the ITT process. Click on the links below to find out which ITTs are currently open within ARTES AT. Intended ITTs are planned to be issued in the near future. ITTs classified as Priority 2 activities will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one delegation.

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This page displays the ARTES Invitation To Tenders (ITTs) which are published on EMITS. Use the selection criteria on the left to refine your search.

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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  • OPTICAL WIRELESS ON-BOARD DATA TRANSMISSION "LIGHT FIDELITY" (LIFI) FOR TELECOM SPACECRAFT (ARTES AT AND SCYLIGHT 4G.023)

    Objective:The objective is to demonstrate the suitability of LiFi as a physical layer for data handling within telecom satellite electrical architecture.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduction of the harness mass by 30%.Reduction of the Assembly Integration and Testtime by one week or more.

    Description:One of the challenges on a telecom spacecraft is to accommodate bundles of wires within complex harnesses. Wireless technologies will si...

  • HEAT PIPES AS SPACECRAFT STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS (ARTES AT 4D.056)

    Objective:The objective is to study the use of heat pipes as structural elements in order to stiffen the spacecraft structure.

    Targeted Improvements:Mass reduction of 20% of structure elements with respect to state of the art current architecture (due to less conservative design)Reduction Assembly and Integration complexity (as heat pipes could replace some existing structural brackets).

    Description:In current spacecraft design,...

  • LARGE UNFURLABLE REFLECTOR SURFACE ASSEMBLY FOR KA-BAND APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.169) ( RE-ISSUE OF ITT 1-8909)

    Objective of the activity is to design, develop and verify an unfurlable reflector surface assembly suitable for use in large European antennas operating in the 20 35 GHz frequency range.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology development for a new source of unfurlable reflectors capable of generating the high gain, narrow beams needed in terabit/s high throughput satellite systems.

    Description: The next generation of high th...

  • SIMULATOR FOR MANAGING INTERFERENCE BETWEEN NGSO CONSTELLATIONS AND GSO (ARTES AT 3A.087) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design and develop a software tool to: (1) assess the inter-system interference among NGSO and GSO satellite networks (NGSO to/from GSO and NGSO to/from NGSO); (2) devise technologies and techniques for making coexistence of NGSO and GSO satellite networks possible and to assess their effectiveness; and (3) assess whether multiple NGSO broadband networks can coexist in the same frequency band.

    Target...

  • LINK QUALITY RECEIVER OVER OPERATIONAL SATELLITE LINKS (ARTES AT 6A.063)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design and develop an integrated prototype receiver for carrying out accurate satellite channel measurements (amplitude and phase) over operational satellite links. The new receiver is expected to provide improved accuracy and estimation of new link parameters without strictly requiring the availability of a beacon source on board the satellite.

    Targeted Improvements:Simultaneous propagation...

  • DIELECTRIC HIGH POWER OUTPUT DE-MULTIPLEXER AT KU/KA-BAND (ARTES AT 5C.361)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a compact dielectric high power output de-multiplexer for Ka-band multibeamsystems and to evaluate the concept by means of Ku-band and Ka-band engineering models.

    Targeted Improvements: 30% footprint reduction with respect to state of the art solutions.

    Description: In current multi-beam (Ka/Ku-band) systems a single Travelling...

  • AUTONOMOUS COLLISION AVOIDANCE SYSTEM FOR NGSO (ARTES AT 3A.093)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop autonomous collision avoidance mechanisms including warning management, manoeuvre decision taking, design, planning and execution for future NGSO constellations with very large number of spacecraft and GEO satellites with electrical orbit raising.

    Algorithms and functions will be implemented and demonstrated on a software test bed that will include those space and ground segment elem...

  • COMPACT HIGH POWER LASER SOURCE FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT TO GROUND USE (ARTES AT 5C.353)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop a high power compact directly modulated laser source for data transmission between LEO satellites and ground with an average output power greater than 1W and with a beam quality factor of less than 1.3.

    Targeted Improvements:50% reduction in size of existing pulsed laser sources; 25% reduction in DC power consumption; enabling development for use on small platforms capable to reach t...

  • C-BAND INTER-SATELLITE LINK (PRIORITY 2) (ARTES AT 5A.054)

    Objective: Develop a low-cost C-band inter-satellite link terminal for use between LEO and GEO satellites.

    Targeted Improvements: Proposed activity shall lead to a low cost inter-satellite link solution for satellite missions. The solution may benefitfrom existing - globally available - C-band GEO infrastructure.

    Description: The use of FSS C-band satellites for providing a low-date rate inter-satellite link between LEO to GEO ha...

  • LOW LOSS WAVEGUIDES COVERING HIGH FREQUENCY BANDS (ARTES AT 5C.351)

    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 i...

  • HANDOVER TECHNIQUES FOR IMPLEMENTING FIXED SATELLITE SERVICE INTERSATELLITE LINKS (ARTES AT 3A.092)

    The objective of the activity is to develop handover techniques for supporting inter-satellite links over Fixed Satellite Services (FSS).

    An end-to-end system demonstrator comprising a user terminal and the network of gateways shall be developed takinginto consideration current and future characteristics of FSS systems such as architecture, payload specifications (number of spot beams, beam hopping, etc.), interference, latency.

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  • MINIATURISED KA-BAND CIRCULATOR AND ISOLATOR (ARTES AT 5C.358)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, develop, manufacture and test miniaturised circulators and isolators for Ka-band applications.

    Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for highly integrated Ka-band front-ends; 50% component size reductionin comparison to today's Ka-band products.

    Description:High Throughput Satellites require a large number of passive components. Integration and mass and size reduction of a...

  • LARGE SCALE INTEGRATED PHOTONIC SWITCH MATRIX (ARTES AT 5C.364)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop a packaged, photonic integrated switch matrix as needed for on board photonic front ends with at least fifty individual input and outputs.

    Targeted Improvements:Reduced size by 50% to less than 10x10x10 cubic centimetres; Vibration tolerance extended to all flight operation conditions; Reduced complexity of the electronic drivers for the control of the switch elements.

    Descrip...

  • HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE (HTS) GATEWAY Q/V - BAND FEED ANTENNA (ARTES AT 6B.040 )

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to design a Q/V band gateway antenna, and develop and test a Q/V band feedfor 7 to 12 meters antennas suitable for future feeder link gateways.

    Targeted Improvements:Development of enabling technology for:

    • High Q/V Band EIRP on the ground (>90-95 dBW).
    • Suitable to fit in Q/V-band Gateway antennas with diameters 7 - 12 m.
    • Capableof monopulse precise antenna trac...

  • W- TO KA-BAND FREQUENCY CONVERTER (ARTES AT 5C.363)

    Objective: The objective is to design, build, and test an engineering model of a W to Ka-band frequency converter for future telecom payloads.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology for future telecom systems based on the use of W-band for the gateway links.

    Description:A trend in ultra-high throughput systems is to employ high frequency bands (e.g., Q/V-band) for the gateway links in order to enhance the overall system throu...

  • RAPID CALIBRATION AND TESTING FOR ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 7B.044)

    The objective of the activity is to elaborate, design and verify an antenna gain measurement system suited for rapid calibration and characterisation of active planar ground terminal antennas, which are series produced. The ground terminal antennas will operate in Ku and Ka-band.

    Targeted Improvements:Time reduction of more than 90% of the overall antenna measurement and calibration step when compared to conventional measurement methods...