Funding

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  • BATTERIES BASED ON EUROPEAN COMMERCIAL OF THE SHELF BATTERY CELL TECHNOLOGY (ARTES AT 4F.145) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, design, manufacture and test a battery with European Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) battery cells for telecom space applications. Targeted Improvements:- At least 20% mass reduction at battery level;- Enabling European independency and continuity of technology sourcing. Description: Current state-of-the-art space Li-Ion cell technology can provide around 180 Wh/kg, while Li-Ion COTS cell technolog…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • PACKAGING OF PHOTONICS FOR LASER COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.029)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop and test different sized packaging solutions with optical and electronic feed-throughs, which allow commercial photonic chips to be deployed in space. Targeted Improvements: By developing innovative packagingtechniques, some types of high-volume parts developed for terrestrial telecommunications markets can be made available for space. Description: This activity aims to establish a packagi…

  • AUTOMOTIVE S-BAND ANTENNA FOR SATELLITE IOT AND 5G TERRESTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES SPL 5G 7C.062) (UPON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Upon Delegation Request (*) The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test an integrated automotive S-band antenna that combines satellite IoT and 5G terrestrial communications. Targeted Improvements: Reduction of antenna form factor from a protruding antenna (e.g. shark fin shape) to planar antenna fully integrated in the car roof. Bandwidth increase from 30 to 90 MHz for satellite and 5G communications. Description: The In…

  • ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA FOR DEFECTS AND AGEING EFFECTS IN HIGH VOLTAGE EPC AND PPU PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS (ARTES AT 5C.460) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and evaluate test samples in order to derive acceptance criteria of defectsand ageing effects in high voltage printed circuit boards of Electronic Power Conversion (EPC) and Power Processing Units (PPUs) with voltages exceeding 500 V. Targeted Improvements:Establish acceptance criteria for defects and ageing effects for high voltage (>500 V) circuit boards not existing today. Descripti…

  • ARTES CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORK PLAN 2022 - ESA-STAR / 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…

  • ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS ACTIVITY - OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    This Call for Proposals covers the industry initiated activities for the four Programmes lines identified below:ARTES Core Competitiveness Generic ProgrammeLine- Component B: Competitiveness GrowthARTES Strategic Programme Line Space for 5G/6G and Sustainable Connectivity ARTES Strategic Programme Line Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) ARTES Strategic Programme Line Optical and Quantum Communication - ScyLight. The participating stat…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPACE SYSTEMS FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY (4S) ROLLING WORK PLAN 2020-2021

    1. Introduction.Four new technology and product development activities are added in 2021, that have already been identified as useful to the foreseen development of next-generation 4S solutions over the coming years. These work plan activities will be issued under the legal framework of the ARTES 4.0 Strategic Programme Line (SPL) Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S).2. ImplementationPhasing: phasing of the contractual activities may be…

  • ARTES INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS PROMOTION (IAP) - STRUCTURAL MONITORING

    Learning from the experience collected thus far through dialogue with industry, SatCom operators participating in the 5G Task Forceand other stakeholders, there are some well-recognised opportunities brought by the advent of the new 5G communication networks. Among them:1) Boost the societal impact of space-based applications, addressing new use cases and user communities through either integration of 5G SatCom and terrestrial networks and/or…

  • ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTS FOR CG, SCYLIGHT, 4S AND 5G - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    This Call for Proposals covers the industry initiated activities for the four Programmes lines identified below:- ARTES 4.0 Core Competitiveness Generic Programme Line - Component B: Competitiveness Growth - ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Space for 5G- ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S)- ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Optical Communication - ScyLightThe participating states per programme are…

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS IN ARTES 4.0 (UNDER BASS, 4S OR 5G PROGRAMME LINES)FEASIBILITY STUDIES/DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

    The overall goal of ARTES 4.0 Business Applications can be summarised as the development of pre-operational services - possibly in partnership - for a wide range of users through the combination of different systems. Business Applications activities aim at: i) collecting user feedback for better tuning of the applications and the operation of all elements involved, ii) developing commercial sustainable space based applications by linking user…

  • PERMANENT OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR NHS FUTURE HOSPITAL INITIATIVE

    Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and ESA are promoting innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of NHS ecosystem. This Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contribute to shape the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.…

  • SPACE-BASED INNOVATION AND DIGITALISATION FOR THE SCHOOL OF TOMORROW

    This Call is built on the existing collaboration between ESA and the Italian Minister of Education, the two organizations cooperatewith the objective of pursuing space based activities delivering innovation and digitalisation to support the education for the benefit of students, teachers and the entire surrounding community. MI has supported the definition of objectives and use cases for the present call. The objectives of the Call are to: i)…

  • COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ENABLED BY SPACE ENVIRONMENTS (CASE) CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    Space can be the ideal environment to exploit a wide range of phenomena and physical processes that are not possible under the effects of gravity experienced on Earth, such as different fluid dynamics, material behaviour or cell biology. Besides microgravity, space offers extreme conditions, such as huge temperature differences and radiation, as well as an unobstructed vantage point for remote sensing or communication. All these characteristic…

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SPACE4RAIL DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS IN ARTES 4.0 (UNDER BASS, 4S OR 5G PROGRAMME LINES)

    The call for proposals for Space4Rail Downstream Applications in ARTES 4.0 is comprised of several thematic domains supporting industry-specific initiatives related to the digitalisation of railway. This call aims to support the exploitation of space-based assets (e.g. satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services:i) related to future Control, Command and Signaling…

  • DEMONSTRATION OF AN EXPERIMENTAL 5G G-NODEB IN SPACE (ARTES SPL 5G 2-.020)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and demonstrate in orbit an experimental 5G g-NodeB (gNB) distributed between a regenerative payload and a satellite gateway. The demonstration will focus on showing the main functionalities of a gNB for Enhanced Mobile Broadband services (eMBB) from LEO. Targeted Improvements: Enabling 5G regenerative satellites. Description: The 5th Generation (5G)wireless access technology, known as New Radio (NR)…

  • THERMALLY EFFICIENT ASSEMBLING TECHNIQUES FOR HIGH FREQUENCY GAN SWITCHING POWER SUPPLIES FOR POWER AMPLIFIERS (ARTES AT 5C.463)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test an engineering model of thermally-efficient packaging assembly concepts for the mechanical and electrical interfaces of >400 W GaN power transistors, as key components of the power supplies necessary for power amplifiers in telecommunication satellites. Targeted Improvements:- Improving the heat transfer from the GaN power transistor to the baseplate by a factor of 7, while provi…

  • WIRELESSLY CONNECTED TEXTILE ANTENNAS FOR SMART CLOTHING (ARTES AT 7C.063)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test textile flexible antennas (or arrays) for smart clothing SATCOM applications. Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for smart clothing SATCOM applications. Description: Textile antennas have enabled "smart clothes" with embedded body-worn antenna systems and find applications for sport outfits, emergency workers' outfit, medical and space suits. The technology…

  • DYNAMIC SIGNALLING AND CONTROL OF GROUND TERMINALS WITH ACTIVE ANTENNAS FOR INTERACTIVE SERVICES (ARTES AT 7-.046)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a signalling and control protocol for two-way user terminals with active antenna elements to adapt dynamically the beam forming, bandwidth allocation, symbol rate adjustment as well as half-duplex transmit/receive operation particularly designed for operation with standardised DVB-S2x and DVB-RCS2 like air interfaces. The signalling overhead shall be below 1% of the link capacity. Ta…

  • D-BAND PAYLOAD BUILDING BLOCKS FOR 6G SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES SPL 5G 5C.472) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test critical payload building blocks necessary for D-band satellite links in 6G systems. Targeted Improvements: Enabling D-band satellite links. Description: Future communications beyond 5G will eventually be followed by 6G where Terahertz frequencies represents a particularly attractive and flexible solution. In particular, sub-Terahertz frequency bands between 100 and 300 GHz have been recentl…

  • QUANTUM MEMORY PROTOTYPE FOR SPACE (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.034)

    Objective: Design and implement an Elegant Breadboard (EBB) for a quantum memory device capable of demonstrating high optical efficiency and long storage times, targeting future applications as a part of a satellite payload for long-range quantum communications. The EBB will be used to benchmark performance of the selected memory system, and to provide preliminary system level requirements to define the future steps of the development plan. Ta…

  • SPECTRUM SHARING MAKERSPACE (ARTES AT 3A.111)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to establish an agile framework to prototype a number of promising spectrum sharing techniques that would enable more efficient use of satellite spectrum and an improved sharing with terrestrial systems. Targeted Improvements: Improving the efficiency up to 10% in the use of the spectrum by coexisting satellite systems and enabling sharing with terrestrial systems. Description: More and more, the sat…

  • 5G NEW RADIO (NR) PHYSICAL LAYER DEMONSTRATOR FOR RAILWAY CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS OVER SATELLITE (ARTES SPL 5G 3C.033)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a complete end-to-end 5G NR physical layer solution for railway control communications over satellite. A demonstrator will be developed to assess its performance. Targeted Improvements: Enabling Future Railway Mobile Communication System services via satellite. Providing ETSI RT group with necessary inputs for standardisation. Description: The Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is pla…

  • REFERENCE IP CORE FOR UNIVERSAL SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5G USER EQUIPMENT (ARTES SPL 5G 7B.056)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate a reference high-throughput IP core to be used as a basis for universal satellite-terrestrial connectivity in 5G user equipment. The development will support both 5G New Radio (NR) Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial (satellite) Networks and will be compliant with 3GPP Release 17. The target maximum throughput will be in the order of hundreds of Mbps requiring specialised hardware (e.g. FPGA…