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  • LEO / GEO OPTICAL SWITCH MATRIX 25X25 (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 5F.022 / SL.040) RE-ISSUE

    Objective: The objective is to develop a large input/output port-count (>25x25) reconfigurable optical switch matrix and its associated driving control electronics compatible with LEO and GEO environment. The LEO and GEO equipment shall be subjected to environmental testing, including launch effects and representative LEO and GEO environmental conditions (e.g., vacuum, thermal cycling, radiation). Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology…

  • L BAND UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE TRANSCEIVER FOR CONNECTIVITY IN ALL FLIGHT PHASES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 7C.069 /4S.022) RE-ISSUE

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop, and test in laboratory conditions a miniaturised prototype of L-band UAV transceiver(s), including the antenna. The activity will also develop a testbed, which shall evaluate link availability and link performance in all UAV flight phases for GEO and LEO missions. Targeted Improvements: Provide as close as possible to 100% satellite link availability during E2E flights of UAVs. Fa…

  • KA-BAND PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA TILE FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5E.022)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of a 10x10-cm tile integrating all elements of a Ka-band transmit or receive active phased array antenna. Targeted Improvements: Enabling a Ka-band phased array antennas for nanosatellites, demonstrating up to four single-polarisation beams. Description: While at the beginning of the millennium CubeSats were mostly considered educational projects allowing students to…

  • SMART PROPELLANT TANK (ARTES AT 4B.167) RE-ISSUE 1-11203

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a smart propellant tank with embedded sensors enabling direct monitoring of internal tank pressure and temperature and active thermal management through embedded heaters.Targeted Improvements:- Increased precision of propellant gauging (20% to 50%)- Improved propellant temperature management- Reduced system-level assembly, integration and test effortDescription:Space propulsion n…

  • INTEGRATED WIDEBAND MULTIPLEXER FOR HYBRID SATCOM/TERRESTRIAL 5G USER TERMINALS (ARTES SPL 5G 7B.069)

    The objective of the activity is to design, build and test a wideband multiplexer breadboard supporting both Satcom and Terrestrial5G services. Targeted Improvements: Enabling hybrid terrestrial/Satcom 5G services within a flat panel antenna aperture. Description: Most of 5G millimetre-wave deployment scenarios, such as Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), are based on Time Division Duplexing(TDD) and therefore use a single frequency band of 24.2…

  • SUSTAINABLE DIGITALLY CONNECTED SOLUTIONS FOR COMMODITIES CRISIS - EXPRO +

    The "Sustainable digitally connected solutions to commodities crisis" call promotes the development of sustainable applications and services 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 crud…

  • AIRCRAFT DETECTION SYSTEM FOR OPTICAL GROUND STATIONS (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.008 / SL.045) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: To develop an automatically operated passive optical or radar based sky surveillance system. Targeted Improvements: To enable automated operation of an optical ground station when transmitting potentially non eye-safe laser beams. Description: Optical communication promises the possibility to transmit virtually unlimited amounts of data from optical ground stations (OGS) to future telecommunication satellites, without the need for l…

  • 5G HUB OVER-THE-AIR VERTICAL SEGMENT VALIDATIONS (ARTES SPL 5G 2-.019) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to demonstrate minimum viable 5G satcom solutions for Industry 4.0 use cases. To deliver such solutions, the activity will develop system demonstrators that will validate 5G satcom solutions in realistic operational conditions using over-the-air field trials. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the adoption of satcoms by Industry 4.0 verticals. Description: The prospect of 5G satcom for Industry 4.0 is far-reaching…

  • SYSTEM SIMULATOR FOR UAV TERMINAL DEVELOPMENT(ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3C.025 / 4S.007) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test an end-to-end system simulator that provides performance indicators which are key for the development of UAV satellite terminals. The simulator will support both command and control and payload data communication, GSO and NGSO constellations, a variety of UAVs and realistic terrain morphology. Targeted Improvements: Enabling key system tools for the development of UAV satellite terminals. De…

  • ON-CHIP INTEGRATED KA-BAND DIPLEXER FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 6A.076) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design and test a Ka-band on chip integrated diplexer. Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology aiming at integrated receive and transmit front ends for ground terminals. Description: Most Ka-band user terminal transmit and receive active antennas use separate apertures due to the difficulty to integrate the necessary diplexer at each radiating element in a very compact form factor. The integration of the…

  • LOW-NOISE OPTICAL PRE-AMPLIFIER AT 1064NM (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 5F.019)

    Objective: To develop a polarisation maintaining low-noise pre-amplifier with flattened gain-curve within the spectral amplification range of Ytterbium doped fibres. Targeted Improvements: Low-noise pre-amplifier for 1064 nm are not used in the terrestrial fibre telecom market and are not produced with good noise performance. Description: Wavelength Division Multiplexing is a technique commonly used in terrestrial high-capacity optical transpo…

  • EVENT-BASED ELECTRON BELT RADIATION STORM ENVIRONMENTS MODELLING (ARTES AT 4A.090) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a statistical radiation environment model by focusing on the distributions of electron belt variabilities resulting from geomagnetic storms. Such a model shall capture extremes of the environment over shorter timescales as well as variability between solar cycles with respect to current models based on long term average environments. Targeted Improvements: 30% reduction in the safety margin by having…

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF A TRANSMIT DUAL POLARISED ACTIVE ANTENNA WITH LARGE SCAN ANGLE FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5B.216)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a transmit active antenna architecture with large scan angle and dual polarisation, as needed for Low Earth Orbit applications in Ka- or Ku-band. Targeted Improvements: Enable dual polarised active antennas with scan angles up to 60 degrees not existing today, reducing the size of the antenna system by a factor of two. Description: Today, active antennas considered for Low Earth Orbit (LEO)…

  • DIGITAL TWIN FOR BEYOND 5G (B5G) AND 6G SATCOM RADIO LINKS (ARTES SPL 5G 3C.034)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a Digital Twin for the modelling and performance assessment of Beyond 5G (B5G) and 6G satcom radio links. Targeted Improvements: Enabling new Beyond 5G (B5G) and 6G satcom radio technologies. The concept of Digital Twin has been proposed for multiple aspects of 5G networks such as radio modelling, network slicing, security and optimization of operations. Digital Twins are being devel…

  • PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS BASED ON FLEXIBLE ULTRA-LIGHT MATERIALS AND PRINTED RF COMPONENTS (ARTES AT 7C.074)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a phased array antenna, in Ku- or Ka-band, based on ultra-lightweight, flexible and conformable dielectric substrate materials and printed passive and active RF components. Targeted Improvements:The phased array antenna is expected to be 5-10 times lighter, could be installed on curved surfaces, and guarantee an extended field of view. Description:Traditional arrays are rigid, b…

  • HIGH EFFICIENCY MM-WAVE GAN TRANSISTOR HIGH POWER AMPLIFIER FOR GEO AND LEO ACTIVE ANTENNA APPLICATION (ARTES AT 5C.459)

    The objective of this activity is to significantly improve the efficiency of GaN transistor technology. Breadboards of Ka-band high power (at least 2-5W class) amplifier GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) for active antenna applications will be designed, manufactured and experimentally tested in a representative operating environment. The concepts developed will be applied toQ- and W-band, bench marked and tested at transisto…

  • ON-FIELD RECONFIGURABLE NOTCH FILTER FOR SUB-6GHZ INTERFERENCE MITIGATION (ARTES SPL 5G 7A.071)

    The objective of the activity is to design, build and test a C-Band reconfigurable notch filter breadboard able to dynamically reject sub-6GHz interferers. Targeted Improvements:Simplifying the operation of C-Band VSATs and enabling real-time suppression of 5G interferers.Description: Since 2019, terrestrial network operators have initiated the mass deployment of 5G cellular base stations in many countries around the world. However, part of th…

  • ICT ELECTRONIC DEVICES SUSTAINABILITY FS - EXPRO+

    The aim of this ITT is to help tackle sustainability challenges relating to batteries, electrical products, electronic waste, and the ICT sector. Solutions can target any part of the product lifecycle, whether it's improving sourcing of materials for the micromobility industry or helping to recover useful components from landfill sites. Winning teams will receive 80% funding of up to 200,000to run a year-long feasibility study. This ITT i…

  • COMPACT, RELIABLE MULTI-BAND ANTENNA FOR MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE - EXPRO+ (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design a robust and securely deployable multiband antenna, combining RF signals of EPIRB and AIS, for maritime distress signalling via satellite, location identification and tracking. A full scale breadboard shall be built and tested in a relevant environment to verify its RF performance. Targeted Improvements:3dB improvement of the RF satellite link, multiband capability (121, 162, 406 MHz), more compact an…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE SPORT

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions related to Inclusive and Accessible Sport. The services/solutions put forward should use space assets, such as one or more of Earth observation, Satellite Communication, Satellite Navigation, and Human Spaceflight technologies, or otherwise serve the Space sector/ecosystem. Solutions should broadly address any of the key topics E…

  • SECURE SPACE NETWORKS FOR SATELLITE PLATFORM AND PAYLOAD CONTROL (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.011 /4S.018)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and validate the security architecture for space networks, their intersatellite links, and their end-to-end links, in support of constellation satellite monitoring and control operations. Targeted Improvements:Enabling secure control and monitoring of telecom satellite constellations not available today. Description:Satellite constellations including intersatellite links are alread…

  • SYSTEM DEMONSTRATOR OF NON-ORTHOGONAL MULTIPLE ACCESS OVER SATELLITE (ARTES AT 3C.024) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a non-orthogonal multiple access scheme for satellite uplink to increase the overall system's return link throughput for selected scenarios. An over-the-air end-to-end system demonstrator will be developed and the developed non-orthogonal multiple access scheme will be tested. Targeted Improvements: Increasing the system's aggregated return link throughput by 60%; Reducing the retu…

  • DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH DENSITY MODULAR ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTIONS FOR HIGH DATA RATE APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5C.461) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a suite of engineering models of modular backplane high density connectors for high data rate space applications, compatible with the cPCI serial space standard. Targeted Improvements:- enabling routing of more than 120 channels- achieve an interface bit rate of at least 25 Gbit/sDescription: Today there is an urgent need to develop backplane high data rate interconnections compatib…

  • SECURITY SOLUTIONS AND SECURITY TEST BED FOR NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKS (ARTES SPL 5G 3D.005) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate solutions for the security vulnerabilities introduced by the adoption of 5G features in Satcom networks. The developments will be validated in an end-to-end 5G Satcom test bed to be implemented as part of the activity. The test bed will be developed to serve as a platform for the development, testing, validation and satellite live demonstration of future security solutions for 3GPP Non-T…

  • NOISE SHAPING TECHNIQUES FOR ACTIVE PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5C.462)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test noise shaping techniques capable of improving the signal to noise ratio up to 20 dB for payloads with on-board processors and active phased array antennas. A test-bed representing critical elements of a payload implementing noise shaping will be developed and performances evaluated, including the development of noise shaping algorithms and their digital implementation. Targeted Improvements:…