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  • POST QUANTUM CRYPTOGRAPHY ALGORITHMS FOR SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.008 / 4S.017)

    The objective of the activity is to adapt and test post quantum cryptography algorithms for satellite telecommunication applications. The activity will include the development of a testbed to evaluate in laboratory environment the performance of the algorithms for secure broadband telecommunications satellite missions. Targeted Improvements:Enable security to the satellite telecommunication systems of 2030 against the danger that quantum compu…

  • Q/V-BAND DUAL-POLARISED WAVEGUIDE ROTARY JOINT (ARTES AT 5C.468)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a dual-polarised waveguide rotary joint for Q- and V-band steerable feeder link antennas.Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for dual-polarised and dual-frequency Q- and V-band mechanical steerable antennas for future low/medium Earth orbit telecommunication satellite constellations and geostationary satellite gateway linksDescription:Waveguide RF rotary joints are essentia…

  • CRITICAL FUNCTIONS CONTROLLER FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4G.036)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a critical function controller for On-Board Computers (OBC) for new space, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components-based missions. A reusable IP core will be developed that will be able to perform critical OBC functions, such as provide communication with ground stations, allow ground control access for deorbiting and act as a controller for the main OBC, thus increasing overall reliabil…

  • REPURPOSABLE 5G PAYLOAD AS A SERVICE (ARTES SPL 5G 5A.080)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a breadboard of a 5G software-defined payload whose resources (e.g., computing, storage, and radio) can be provided as a service to Earth observation missions. Targeted Improvements: Enabling multi mission 5G payloads. Description: The vision of satellite networks in 5G and beyond evolves towards flexible, scalable hierarchical architecture where satellites serve as nodes in the sky intellig…

  • POWER REFLECTION TOLERANT SOLID STATE POWER AMPLIFIER FOR ACTIVE ANTENNA APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5C.456)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a power reflection tolerant solid state power amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuit for active antenna applications in Ku- or Ka-band. The amplifier shall be able to handle power reflections as expected during operation and also be able to withstand reflection in failure cases whilst improving the overall efficiency at the operating point. Targeted Improvements:- Up…

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

    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…

  • NEXT GENERATION 4S SATCOM SOLUTIONS - DESIGN (B1) PHASES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.150 / 4S.011)

    Objective: Objective is to consolidate design of innovative and promising next-generation 4S satcom solutions put forward by exploratory next-generation satcom system studies, including those identified as possible components of an EU Connectivity infrastructure,in anticipation of CM22 and the possible need to secure additional funding for theirdevelopment, early deployment and end-to-end validation. Targeted Improvements: Preliminary design a…

  • 3GPP NEW RADIO (NR) PRECODING, MULTI-ANTENNA AND BEAM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR MSS SYSTEMS (ARTES SPL 5G 3C.035)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test the necessary adaptations for the adoption of 5G New Radio (5G-NR) precoding, multi-antenna and beam management techniques in MSS systems (GSO and NGSO) with beam-hopping capability and to assess the costs and benefits of such adoption. To achieve this, the activity will develop a representative software testbed that will allow to gauge performance gains, identify opportunities and constrain…

  • D-BAND SATELLITE LINKS FOR 6G (ARTES SPL 5G 3F.002) (EXPRO+)

    The objective of the activity is to assess the feasibility of D-band satellite links, carry out a review of available RF D-band technology, study 6G satellite system concepts that may exploit them and assess performance through simulations. The results will be made available for WRC-23 and WRC-27.Targeted Improvements:Enabling D-band satellite links.Description:The ever-growing demand of capacity has evolved from MHz and Mbit/s in 4G, to GHz a…

  • COMPACT LOW FREQUENCY HIGH POWER BANDPASS FILTER FOR SMALL TELECOMMUNICATION SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5E.024)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a compact VHF/UHF high power filter for small satellites using advanced manufacturing processes.Targeted Improvements:- 40% reduction in footprint compared to the state of the art- at least 40% loss reduction compared to planar technologies and- up to 30 W RF power handlingDescription: Small satellites (mass less than 250kg) operating in lower Earth orbit are increasingly used fo…

  • SATELLITE-BASED VOICE CONNECTIVITY OVER IP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION EMERGENCY CALL (NG ECALL) (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.154 / 4S.012)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a system concept for the Next Generation Emergency Call (NG eCall) service over satellite for emergency applications. A software testbed will be designed and developed to assess and evaluate the performance of the system concept. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the NG eCall service over satellite for emergency applications, including in particular voice and remote control commun…

  • 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…

  • DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SATELLITE INTERNET OF THINGS COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES AT 6B.057)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop, implement and verify core digital signal processing (DSP) sub-modules for Satcom Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) transceivers. The DSP cores shall be bit-true implemented for a set of commercially available hardware platforms. Targeted Improvements: Enabling core DSP sub-modules development for standard hardware platforms. Such a library does not exist today and will…

  • JOINT SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS AND RADIO FREQUENCY REMOTE SENSING AIR INTERFACE (ARTES AT 3C.029) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a radio frequency air interface for joint satellite communication and RF sensing purposes in a representative system scenario and a commonly selected frequency band. A test-bed will be used to evaluate the ranging accuracy and achievable throughput without degradation of the communication channel. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the use of the communication channel also for RF sensing applic…

  • FREQUENCY COORDINATION DEMONSTRATOR FOR NON-GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3A.153) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a demonstrator of a frequency coordination system that manages access to spectrum among different non-geostationary satellite systems. The concept will be implemented and tested as a real-time emulator to be developed as part of the activity. Targeted Improvements: improving the achievable throughput by 50% with respect to partitioning the frequency band. Description: The increasing number o…

  • DVB NATIVE IP OVER THE SATELLITE (ARTES AT 7B.066)

    The objective of this activity is to design a TV, radio and data distribution network via satellite using DVB Native IP. An end-to-end (source to consumer) test-bed will be developed to adopt the standard for satellite and produce implementation guidelines for DVB Native IP over satellite. Verification activities will include content delivery and content security, as the specification becomes available from DVB. Targeted Improvements:Enable th…

  • REFLECTIONLESS RF FILTERS (ARTES AT 5C.467) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test Ka- or Ku-band transmit and receive RF filters with broadband reflectionless performance.Targeted Improvements:At least 20 dB improvement in out-of-band reflection attenuation, resulting in simplification of the RF line-up by providing a reflectionless filter which could half the number of attenuators and isolators typically employed.Description:RF filters are key elements in an…

  • HIGH SPEED DISRUPTIVE TOLERANT NETWORKING NODE FOR DIRECT-TO-EARTH LINKS (ARTES AT 6B.095)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a prototype of a Disruptive Tolerant Network (DTN) software node for the ground segment for usage in end-to-end data communication architectures, to support high speed Direct-to-Earth space links with bit rates up to 10Gbit/s. The DTN node shall be adaptable to state of art high speed modems and monitoring and control architectures. Targeted Improvements: enable disruptive tolerant network…

  • THERMOPLASTIC SMALL SATELLITE PLATFORM (ARTES AT 4H.006) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to replace existing primary structure of small satellites (up to 200 kg mass) with thermoplastic materials. Targeted Improvements:Simpler platform due to 30% lead time reduction in design, manufacture and assembly. Description:Manufacturing of spacecraft platform components requires the use of metallic or carbon fibre reinforced polymer (thermoset-based) materials that have some drawbacks: metallic corrosion ne…

  • SPACE FOR GREEN CONSTRUCTION FEASIBILITY STUDY - EXPRO+

    The European Space Agency's "Space for Green Construction" opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop services supporting sustainability in the construction lifecycle using space-based technology and/or data. This opportunity enables companies to carry out in-depth analyses of the technical feasibility and economic viability of applications across several domains. The construction process involves sev…

  • LARGE AREA NANO-WIRE DETECTOR FOR QUANTUM AND OPTICAL COMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.021)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, fabricate and test a large area 100 x 100 micrometre free space coupled single-photon nano-wire detector for quantum key distribution and photon starved optical communication applications.Targeted Improvements:90% increased detector diameter with >1 Gbps bandwidth, extremely low jitter (<25 ps) and short dead time.Description:Thetarget of this activity is to design and manufacture a l…

  • DEMODULATOR SUPPORTED BY ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS (ARTES AT 7B.065) - EXPRO+ (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design and test a demodulator supported by an artificial neural network for physical layer processing tasks, demodulation, de-mapping and channel decoding. Satcom applications using DVB-S2X standard as well as other air interfaces (e.g. IoT) shall be considered and the most promising one selected for the implementation of a software demodulator. Targeted Improvements: - reduction of the computational complex…

  • AERIAL MOBILE PLATFORM FOR LAST MILE GEOLOCATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF UNAUTHORISED TRANSMITTERS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 6B.093 / 4S.020) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a reduced scale RF prototype for a ground and aerial geolocating platform. The embedded hardware and search algorithms shall be developed and tested in the field. Targeted Improvements: Improve the geolocation accuracy of unauthorized transmitters from several km to below one km, shorten the process of identification to one day. Description: Detection and resolution of int…

  • DIGITAL PREDISTORTION TECHNIQUES FOR BEAMFORMING AND INTERMODULATION IMPROVEMENT OF ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 5C.458) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test efficient broadband digital pre-distortion algorithms and architectures for payloads utilising digital processors. The developed concept shall be implemented in a combined RF and digital processor test-bed. Tests in a laboratory environment will be carried out to fully evaluate the performance improvements. Targeted Improvements:- 10-15% improvement of payload capacity/throughput- 30% higher…

  • IN-ORBIT EXPERIMENT OF AN INFLATABLE DE-ORBITING DRAG DEVICE FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 3E.003) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test in orbit an inflatable drag device for de-orbiting small satellites from Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Performance data will be gathered (deployment imagery and positional telemetry) in a fully representative space environment (including drag effects) that would not be possible to simulate or test on ground. Targeted Improvements:Reduce de-orbit time by a factor of 5 (for altitudes of 4…