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  • INTEGRATED ACCESS-BACKHAUL NODES FOR AUTONOMOUS AND RECONFIGURABLE SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5G/6G NETWORKS (ARTES SPL 5G 7A.072)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test an engineering breadboard of a satcom access/backhaul node capable of responding to changing link conditions facilitated by reconfigurable, regenerative, and software-defined payloads. The activity will also provide the system demonstrator to test the breadboard and to assess the performance in a laboratory environment.Targeted Improvements: Adding flexibility to integrated satcom nodes need…

  • BACKGROUND LIGHT AND ATMOSPHERE METROLOGY FOR QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION AT URBAN LOCATIONS (4S SAGA)

    Development of tools and hardware and the execution of a measurement campaign for background light and atmosphere conditions for Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) at urban location (major cities and metropolitan areas) under ARTES 4.0 Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) Strategic Programme Line. These measurement results are an important check point to validate the design of the SAGA system. The background light and atmosphere metrology ac…

  • EXTENSION OF ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM VOLTAGE TO 300V (ARTES AT 4F.146) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to identify, design, manufacture and test critical technology and hardware elements needed for a high voltage electric power system (EPS) for high power telecom applications. This shall include typical primary and secondary DCDC converters and protection circuits (e.g. latching current limiters). Targeted Improvements:- Increase bus voltage up to > 300V, enabling direct drive for electric propulsion;- Reduce…

  • DRAG AND ATOMIC OXYGEN RESISTANT CARBON FIBRE REINFORCED POLYMER FOR VERY LOW EARTH ORBIT TELECOM SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4A.092) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a coating material (e.g. for substrates such as carbon fibre reinforced polymer, polymers, etc) with improved atomic oxygen and drag resistance to be used on the external satellite surfaces for very low Earth orbit applicationsTargeted Improvements:- Enabling technology not existing today; allowing telecommunication satellites with conventional construction materials in much lower orbits tha…

  • MULTI-PLATFORM DUAL BAND CONFIGURABLE POWER AMPLIFIER FOR AVIONIC TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7C.052) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a breadboard of a L- and C-band configurable power amplifier to enable dual band operation of avionic terminals. It shall demonstrate 200W peak power per channel and a 10dB dynamic rangewith a constant average power added efficiency of at least 50% for both bands, without compromising linearity performance. The breadboard shall include driver, main and peak amplifier,…

  • SYSTEM STUDY OF LARGE IN-ORBIT-ASSEMBLED ARRAYS IN FREQUENCY RANGE 1 (FR1) FOR 5G AND BEYOND 5G (ARTES SPL 5G 3F.001)

    The objectives of the activity are to perform antenna system trade-offs relevant to the realization and in-orbit assembly of large arrays in Frequency Range 1 (FR1), to identify critical functions and technologies, to provide some demonstration of critical functions and to define a roadmap to make such antenna systems available. Targeted Improvements: Enabling satellite communications for unmodified terrestrial 5G user equipment operating in F…

  • ULTRA DEEP SUBMICRON ASSESSMENT FOR ON-BOARD DIGITAL PROCESSORS (ARTES AT 5C.443) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to assess 7 nm FinFET technology (or smaller due to foundry process optimisations) for its use in telecommunication digital signal processors in the space environment. Targeted Improvements:- performance (logic density) multiplied by 4 compared to the current 28 nm generation;- power consumption per GHz of processed capacity divided by 2 to 3.Description: The latest very high throughput satellite systems are em…

  • CRITICAL BREADBOARDING ENABLING THE REMOVAL OF FAILED SMALL SATELLITES FROM LOW EARTH ORBIT (ARTES AT 4A.085) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test technologies enabling the removal of failed small satellites (e.g.tumbling) from low earth orbit. Several breadboards will be developed and tested to reduce tumbling and to enable rendezvous and capture.Targeted Improvements: Enabling de-orbiting of large constellations of low Earth orbit telecommunication satellites. Description: In the coming years it is expected that the numbe…

  • IN-ORBIT TEST BED FOR AI USING HARDWARE-ACCELERATION-ASSISTED SIGNAL PROCESSING OF RANDOM-ACCESS PROTOCOL SIGNALS (ARTES AT 3E.008)

    The objective is to design, build and test an in-orbit test bed, comprising an RF receiver/transmitter, Artificial Intelligence (AI) hardware and associated signal processing algorithms, for the reception of low power random access protocol signals using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that can either be trained on the ground or self-trained in orbit. The in-orbit testwill apply and refine these algorithms in the real-t…

  • WDM HIGH-POWER OPTICAL AMPLIFIER AT 1064NM (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 5F.020)

    Objective: The objective is to develop a high-power and high-efficient optical booster amplifier, compatible with WDM operation at 1064nm wavelength range. Two versions, with different output optical power and wall-plug efficiency requirements, are to be developed to address operation under space and ground environmental conditions. Targeted Improvements:Strategic component not available inESA's Member States nor in Cooperating/Associated…

  • SPACE FOR RESILIENT UTILITIES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL)

    The utilities sector, including water, sewage, and energy networks amongst other, is considered a critical infrastructure, meaning that the loss, or interruption of them would result in a significant impact of the functioning of the state and/or significant economic and social impacts. These networks, as well as their associated equipment and personnel are increasingly monitored and controlled by communication technologies. While this digitali…

  • HIGH EFFICIENCY SILICON-BASED AMPLIFIER FOR KA-BAND USER TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7B.067) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test Ka-band high efficiency amplifier monolithic microwave integratedcircuit (MMIC) based on silicon technology for user terminals. Targeted Improvements:- Amplifier power added efficiency above 30% with a noise power ratio of 15 dB minimum- Key building block for future highly integrated Ka-band user terminal active antennas. Description:The satcom market requires highly integrated…

  • MEMORY CONTROL SUB-SYSTEM FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 4G.035)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a technology independent and adaptable memory control sub-system for modern, integrated system-on-chip devices for low earth orbit applications. This will include radiation testing of low voltage, high speed memory technology. Targeted Improvements: Enabling integrated software defined radios utilising DDR3 and 4 memory; Resilience to radiation induced destructive events in LEO. Description:…

  • EVAPORATION MODELLING FOR LONG LIFE MECHANISMS USED IN GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4E.087) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and correlate an evaporation software model for long life (15 years and above) mechanisms (e.g. solar array drive mechanism, reaction wheels, electric propulsion and antenna pointing mechanisms) as needed for geostationary spacecraft. The developed evaporation software model will be validated through testing of mechanism test-vehicles. Targeted Improvements:- increase the accuracy of the current anal…

  • EUROPEAN FPGA WITH RF CAPABILITIES (GSHE-3)

    This activity aims at the development of RF ADC, RF DAC and HSSLs IP cores; manufacturing, validation and rad-hardness evaluation of the IPs; integration with NG-Ultra core and update of NG-Ultra RF programming tools to allow configuration modes of the ADC/DAC and HSSL. 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 C…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: SCINTILLATION MITIGATION TECHNIQUES BASED ON FEMTOSECOND PULSES FOR OPTICAL FEEDER UPLINKS (5G.014/SL.033) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop scintillation mitigation techniques based on femtosecond pulses for optical feeder uplinks. Their performance will be experimentally verified using the fine acquisition sensor on Alphasat's laser communication terminal.Targeted Improvements:25dB link budget improvement under strong turbulence conditions.Description:The adoption of optical feeder links will largely depend on their abili…

  • BEYOND 5G/6G NETWORKING ARCHITECTURES FOR MULTI-LAYERED NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKS AND SMART SATELLITES (ARTES SPL 5G 3A.165)

    The objective of the activity is to develop space networking solutions suitable for multi-layered Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) and smart satellites serving as unified part of beyond 5G/6G network. This will include the definition and specification of networkingarchitectures and supporting protocols that will be implemented in a testbed. The resulting specifications will be openly availablefor standardization. Targeted Improvements:- Enabling…

  • Q/V BAND PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7C.070) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a receive Q-band prototype, and a transmit V-band beamformer, both supporting2 beams scanning in a large field of view for the mobility market (e.g. aeroplanes, buses, trains). Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for Q/V band user terminals for the mobility market (aeroplanes, buses, trains). Description:Today, terminal antennas are mainly exploiting the Ka- and the Ku-frequency bands…

  • LOW NOISE SLIPRINGS FOR SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE MECHANISMS (ARTES AT 4E.085)

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a low noise slipring breadboard assembly for solar array drive mechanisms.Targeted Improvements:Reduction of the slipring noise by at least 3 orders of magnitude with respect to the worst measured noise on current slipring technologyDescription:A slipring of a solar array drive mechanism is an electrically conductive rotating track transferring low level signals and high current…

  • MOONLIGHT PARTNERSHIP PROJECT

    Moonlight Public Private Partnership contract addressing the procurement of cislunar communication and navigation services as well as the development of the co-funded infrastructure required for those services.

  • SATELLITE COMMUNICATION TEST-BED ON-BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ARTES AT 3A.118) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop, deploy and operate a flexible software-defined radio communication testbedwith a frequency flexible RF front end on the International Space Station, supporting a wide range of frequencies up to Q/V band addressing 5G, signal processing and advanced techniques. Targeted Improvements: Enabling innovative and fast developments of future satcom applications from UHF to Q/V band that are diff…

  • ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE EFFECT MITIGATION BY SECONDARY MIRROR ACTUATION (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.020)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to simplify optical feeder links systems in Optical Ground Stations by replacing the secondary mirror with an active (deformable) one and to demonstrate the improvement in transmission budget and complexity. Targeted Improvements: 30% increased optical throughput in optical communication ground stations. 20% reduction of complexity in adaptive optics and beam pre-distortion in feeder-link systems. R…

  • TECHNIQUES FOR INTELLIGENT JAMMING DETECTION AND MITIGATION OF SATELLITE IOT GATEWAYS(ARTES 6B.085)

    Objective: This activity aims to develop jamming detection and mitigation techniques for satellite Internet of Things (IoT) gateways as a counter-measure against security threats. In particular, threats involving partial jamming or complete service unavailabilityshall be addressed. A test-bed will be developed in order to evaluate the counter-measure mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Enabling jamming resilient satellite IoT networks. Reduce t…

  • WDM LASER SOURCES AT 1064NM (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 5F.018) - RE-ISSUE

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop low noise and small footprint semiconductor laser diodes at 1064nm compatible with WDM operation and the associated low-power consumption driving electronics. The activity shall also investigate technologicaloptions to further reduce the footprint and the power consumption of the low-power section of an optical transmitter at 1064nm (e.g., integration of multiple lasers diodes, optical mod…

  • 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…