Funding

Funding

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGHLY INTEGRATED MIXED SIGNAL KA-BAND RF FRONT END SYSTEM-IN-PACKAGE FOR ACTIVE ANTENNA (ARTES AT 5C.464)

    The objective of the activity is to design, assemble and test a Ka-band RF front end system-in-package integrating amplification, beamforming and analogue-to-digital signal conversion as needed for active antenna applications. Heterogeneous integration techniqueswill be used to manufacture the system-in-package.Targeted Improvements:- 20% insertion loss reduction and lower inductances in the RF circuit,- 30% reduction in RF front-end module si…

  • SINGLE-CHIP 71-86 GHZ TRANSCEIVER RFIC FOR AERONAUTICAL SATCOM APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 6A.074) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an integrated W-band transceiver Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) configurable as transmitter and receiver covering the 71-86 GHz band for aeronautical satcom applications.

    Targeted Improvements: Enable satellite aeronautical broadband services in W-band.

    Description: The maturity of Silicon technologies allows for the implementation of multifunctional and…

  • 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…

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

    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 typicallyemployed.Description:RF filters are key elements in any…

  • 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 haveenabled "smart clothes" with embedded body-worn antenna systems and find applications for sport outfits, emergency workers' outfit,medical and space suits. The technology h…

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

    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. TargetedImprovements: 10 dB increase of extinction ratio compared with current baseline products, which translates as an improvement of theachievable Quantum Bit Error rate (and consequently k…

  • EMBEDDED THRUST VECTOR TILTING TECHNOLOGY BASED ON SMART DEVICES (ARTES AT 4B.168)

    The objective is to develop, manufacture and test a miniaturised lightweight mechanical tilting technology suitable for thruster assemblies and to demonstrate its functional performance. The main actuation function shall be based on smart active technologies (e.g. shape memory, piezo, electroactive polymers).Targeted Improvements:mass saving by about 30% and an overall envelope reduction by about 30%Description:The increased need for agility b…

  • 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…

  • 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 fibretelecom market and are not produced with good noise performance. Description: Wavelength Division Multiplexing is a technique commonly used in terrestrial high-capacity optical transport…

  • 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…

  • LUNAR OPTICAL UPLINK BEACON AND DATA TRANSMITTER (ARTES 6C.017)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is the development of a high optical power transmission system for lunar uplink communication. The transmission will comply with the high photon efficiency (HPE) standard in CCSDS targeting uplink data rates of up to 2.1Gbps. Targeted Improvements: The development can provide a 100 times improvement of the uplink data rates to the Moon. Description: An unprecedented number of lunar missions are planned…

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

    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…

  • 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,…

  • UNCOORDINATED SATELLITE ACCESS SCHEME OVER-THE-AIR DEMONSTRATION IN MARITIME VHF BANDS (ARTES AT 3C.030) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test signal reception techniques that enable uncoordinated satellite access schemesin the maritime bands for VHF Data Exchange (VDE) by a population of maritime transmitters in the presence of in-band interference from maritime and external sources such as in-land terrestrial services. The techniques will be implemented and evaluated in a prototype receiver to be developed as part of the activity…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • INTER-SATELLITE LINKS DIMENSIONING IN SATELLITE CONSTELLATION SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3A.152) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a software able to optimise inter-satellite links in a specific satellite constellation system.

    Targeted Improvements: Enabling to perform inter-satellite link sizing and sensitivity analyses.

    Description:

    In the new space era, access to space is much cheaper. Relatively modest investments have allowed small operators to procure andoperate little constellations o…

  • TOWARDS STANDARDISED INTER-SATELLITE LINK SOLUTIONS (ARTES FPE 1A.116) - EXPRO+

    There has been steady growth in the number of new satcom systems that plan to make use of an RF Inter-Satellite Link (ISL) to enhance their functionality and/or efficiency. In addition to reducing the complexity and cost of the associated terrestrial infrastructure, ISL technology can enable additional networking functionality, increased service area provision, enhanced data security, and congestion load balancing capabilities. With this growt…

  • LUNAR OPTICAL COMMUNICATION PHOTON COUNTING RECEIVER (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.018)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is the development and testing of an receiver for lunar optical communication in a photon starved regime. Targeted Improvements: Photon-starved optical communications data and tracking receiver with 8 times increased bandwidth (1 ns versus 125 ps). Description: A photon-counting detector receiver package for free-space communications between a lunar satellite and Earth-based ground terminal does not exi…

  • 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 signallingoverhead shall be below 1% of the link capacity. Tar…

  • SINGLE CHANNEL FULL DUPLEX TECHNIQUES FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES FPE 1B.133) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to assess the feasibility of applying single channel full duplex techniques within satellite communication networks. Simultaneously transmitting and receiving information in a single frequency channel has already proven a viable approach in other wireless communication application domains and has the potential to double total system throughput. Such systems typically employ a combination of both analogue and di…