Funding

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  • LUNAR ECONOMY APPLICATIONS - ENABLING STUDY - EXPRO+

    The Lunar Economy Applications Enabling Study shall develop, characterise and assess the technical feasibility, commercial viability and desirability by potential customers of new service concepts that would benefit from Moonlight lunar communication and navigation services and that address the relevant needs of downstream customers and users in the lunar environment or down on Earth; plan for the implementation and commercial rollout, exploit…

  • STANDARD CALLS FOR PROPOSALS - SUSTAINABLE DIGITALLY CONNECTED SOLUTIONS FOR COMMODITIES CRISIS

    The "Sustainable digitally connected solutions to commodities crisis" call promotes the development of sustainable applications andservices addressing commodities' sectors challenges in the short (2 years' time frame) and midterm by integrating satellite communications and other space assets with terrestrial and digital technologies. The commodities affected by the crisis and addressed in this call include energy, all crude…

  • OPERATIONS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.031) - EXPRO+

    Objective: To provide initial operational development support to optical ground stations (OGS) developed within the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI) and the ESA nucleus ground station networks.Targeted Improvements: Tenfold increase in the operational readiness by optical and quantum communication ground stations.Description: Multiple European telescope sites have been identified to support ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON…

  • FINANCE FOR A GREEN TRANSITION FEASIBILITY STUDY - EXPRO+

    The goals of the feasibility study "Finance for a Green Transition" are to identify, characterize and assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of space-empowered services which address relevant customer needs across the financial sector and the wider economy related to "Greening Finance", supporting investment decisions and opportunities to meet environmental targets and comply with international policies a…

  • INNOVATIVE MISSIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES (ARTES FPE 1A.108)

    The goal of this activity is to encourage the creation of novel satcom system concepts by industry, and provide them with the meansto quickly assess the feasibility of such missions and services. An ITT will be issued allowing bidders to submit their proposals for future satcom mission studies and technology definition activities. The activities proposed can address services, missions, systems, or technologies with an emphasis on novelty and i…

  • SOFTWARE SIMULATOR FOR AIR/SPACE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT VIA SATELLITE FOR HYPERSONIC SPACE PLANES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.155 / 4S.013) - EXPRO+

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a physical layer simulator in order to assess the communication needs, and develop a system concept to support air/space traffic management considering emerging transport means such as hypersonic space planes. Targeted Improvements: Enabling communications for a future European Air/Space Traffic Management System in support of hypersonic space planes. Performance improvement wit…

  • AI FOR OPTIMAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR GOVSATCOM SERVICES (GSHE-1)

    This activity aims at the definition of an AI model to accurately forecast future demand for governmental/institutional satellite communication services and allocate resources more efficiently.The activity will be processed in Open Competition, subject to ESA's procurement rules and procedures adapted as per Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) and Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrusted to ESA for GOVSATCOM.

  • MODULAR HIGHLY INTEGRATED PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA FOR FUTURE LEO CONSTELLATIONS (GSHE-4)

    This activity will demonstrate the critical functionalities of an electrically large phased array antenna produced as the combination of modules with distributed functionalities. The activity will be processed in Open Competition, subject to ESA's procurement rules and procedures adapted as per Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) and Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrustedto ESA for GOVSATCOM.

  • PREPARATION OF WRC-2023 (ARTES FPE 1D.021)

    The latest World Radio Conference (WRC) concluded at the end of November 2019 with outcomes considered broadly favourable to the satcom community. The agenda items for the subsequent conference (to be held in 2023) were also agreed at last year's conference. The WRC is effectively a multi-year process culminating in the month-long collocated sessions, and work on the agenda items for WRC-23 has therefore already started and will continue…

  • HOLOMONDAS OBSERVATORY UPGRADES FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.013 / SL.049)

    Objective: To develop transmit and receive systems for optical communication and the reception of quantum keys. Targeted Improvements: Tenfold speed increase in data rates by optical communication between satellites and ground and implementation of a cyber-securequantum channel. Description: The Holomondas telescope has been identified to support the ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON as well as the SAGA Project for the preparation of the space seg…

  • MULTI-LAYERED SATCOM SYSTEMS ( ARTES FPE 1B.131)

    Whilst the commercial Satcom sector has been dominated by the use of Geostationary orbits (GSO) from its inception, the use of Non-Geostationary Orbits (NGSO) has been a constant and steadily growing feature of the industry for some years now. Historically, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) systems served entirely separate markets and customers to systems deployed in GEO with little overlap between the two technology/application areas. E.g. Low data rate…

  • ANTI-JAMMING FOR LEO CONSTELLATIONS (GSHE-5)

    This activity will identify security requirements addressing jamming and interference resilience needs and develop a system concept, for introducing anti-jamming capabilities in future GOVSATCOM missions.The activity will be processed in Open Competition, subject to ESA's procurement rules and procedures adapted as per Financial Framework Partnership Agreement (FFPA) and Contribution Agreement and the tasks entrusted to ESA for GOVSATCOM.…

  • PRECODING FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3C.027) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to develop precoding techniques for the forward link of multi-beam LEO satellite systems operatingin full frequency reuse. The activity will target the conventional single-satellite precoding, as well as precoding across adjacentsatellites having beams with overlapping footprints. The developed techniques will be implemented and tested in a software simulator able to assess the performance at both link level an…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: RF AND OPTICAL HYBRID GATEWAY ANTENNA (6C.002/SL.024)(ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to investigate a telecom gateway antenna able to work simultaneously in both the RF (Ka- Q/V-Band) and optical wavelengths.Targeted Improvements:This product is currently not available and it would allow a phased migration from RF communications to optical communications.Description:There is a clear trend in the need to increase bandwidth in order to increase the data rate, within the telecommunicat…

  • SUPPORT TO QUIC STANDARDISATION (ARTES FPE 1D.019)

    Satellite communication links have specific characteristics that undermine the performance of commonly used Internet protocols, notably TCP, in part because performance over satellite was not a major consideration during the development of those protocols. Specifically, the long propagation delay imposed by GEO satellite links and their asymmetric nature lead to poor TCP performance. Unless addressed, this can result in a poor user experience,…

  • HIGH EXTINCTION RATIO AMPLITUDE MODULATORS AND PULSE SHAPER ELECTRONICS FOR QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION (QKD) (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.028)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test technologies for high dynamic extinction ratio (ER) optical amplitude modulators operating at GHz modulation frequencies and their associated electronics for space applications. Targeted Improvements: 10 dB increase of extinction ratio compared with current baseline products, which translates as an improvement of the achievable Quantum Bit Error rate (and consequently…

  • SPACE FOR THE HYDRO ENERGY SECTOR FS

    The main objectives of this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for feasibility studies are to seek for designing innovative technical and business approaches to combine space assets (including latest development of satellite earth observation imagery and other imagery sources e.g.: HAPS) with breakthrough technologies (such as ML/AI/Data analytics) to optimise hydroelectric power generation.

  • SPACE-BASED SERVICES FOR WATER SCARCITY - EXPRO+

    Water is one of the most important substances on Earth and covers 70% of the planet. However, every year competition for a clean, copious supply of water intensifies. Fresh water is threatened by a myriad of forces including overdevelopment, polluted runoff and global warming. Space applications can help to alleviate water scarcity problems in numerous ways. The "Water Scarcity" Kick Start offers 75% funding of up to 60,000 EUR for t…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL 5G 6G

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions leveraging the inherent advantages of 5G/6G communications networks. This kick-start initiative seeks to promote new business opportunities for innovative services relying on space technology combined with 5G (and beyond) communications networks, addressing the most promising verticals, by introducing new services to consumers or…

  • IAP.KS.PT.000 PROPTECH - KICKSTART

    Property Technology, or "PropTech", is a term that encompasses the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. PropTech has proliferated over the last 35 years initially due to the development of mainframe and personal computers, tools such as Lotus and Excel, more comprehensive software solutions for architecting, engineering and construction, and finally the Internet era and online marketpla…

  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SATELLITE COMMUNICATION (ARTES FPE 1A.122) - EXPRO+

    Recent years have seen increased international focus on limiting the effects of humankind's industrial activity on the Earth's environment. Although the space sector has been a small consideration to date, increasing societal, governmental, and industrial attention is now being devoted to the environmental impact of space activity. With the private sector becoming the dominant source for new space missions, the role of business in en…

  • MODELLING VHF PROPAGATION (100 - 300 MHZ) EFFECTS FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3B.047) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a propagation model for the Very High Frequency band (VHF) that includes high latitudesand equatorial zones. The model will be able to predict signal impairment caused by various propagation effects. This model will beimplemented in a system and user modelling tool and is intended to be proposed to ITU-R for adoption. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the development of VHF telecommunication missions w…

  • EFFICIENT, LIGHTWEIGHT RADIATION SHIELDING OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS ON BOARD GEO SPACECRAFT (ARTES AT 5C.438)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a novel radiation shielding solution with significant improvement of the shielding efficiency per unit mass in comparison to aluminium for geostationary Earth orbit applications. Targeted Improvements: 30 - 50% increase in radiation shielding efficiency per unit mass compared to aluminium. Description: The radiation environment of the geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) is challengin…

  • BROADBAND TUNEABLE KA-BAND FREQUENCY MULTIPLEXERS (ARTES AT 5C.430) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test two breadboards corresponding to a reconfigurable 4-channel 30 GHz low power Combiner Frequency Multiplexer (CMUX) and a 4-channel 20 GHz low power frequency Demultiplexer (DMUX). Targeted Improvements: Replacement of conventional fixed-bandwidth CMUX and DMUX equipment with a tuneable solution capable of supporting agile traffic management.Description: Current broadband satelli…

  • SMALLSAT PLATFORM WITH SELF-TRANSFER CAPABILITY INTO GEOSYNCHRONOUS ORBIT (ARTES AT 3E.001) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop radiation tolerant platform technologies and semi-autonomous orbit transfer capabilityfor small satellite platforms. An experimental small satellite will be designed, manufactured and launched. The satellite will feature the platform technologies developed as well as a simple telecommunication payload allowing experiments during orbit raising to GEO as well as in GSO. Targeted Improvements: Enabling…