Funding

Funding

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The official information platform for providing potential bidders all the relevant documentation and details concerning the intended and issued Invitations To Tender (ITTs) for Open Competitions and Direct Negotiations is ESA-STAR - managed and operated by the ESA Procurement Department.

  • FOUR-QUADRANT INGAAS AVALANCHE PHOTODIODES FOR LEO DIRECT-TO-EARTH OPTICAL GROUND STATION (ARTES 6C.016)

    Objective: The objectives of the activity are to demonstrate the operation of a Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) four-quadrant Avalanche Photodiode (4QD-APD) detectors in a combined tracking/communication receiver mode and to facilitate the establishment of a European supplier for high-speed large area four-quadrant avalanche photodiodes. Targeted Improvements: Significantly higher tracking speed avoiding power splitting between a separate tra…

  • 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…

  • ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FOR MULTIFUNCTIONAL BATTERY PACKAGING (ARTES AT 4F.154) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design, develop, manufacture and test a multifunctional battery packaging thanks to a new manufacturing process based on additive manufacturing, offering lighter, safer, faster, more reproducible and cleaner solution for telecommunication satellites, including constellations.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • mass saving of about 20%
    • increase the number of battery packaging's produced in a…
  • 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 becomesavailable from DVB. Targeted Improvements:Enable the…

  • TRUSTED PLATFORM MODULE FOR SMALLSAT PLATFORMS

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a reduced scaled engineering model for an onboard trusted platform module (TPM) in order to support security features in small satellite telecom systems. Targeted Improvements: Enabling a built-in route of trust providing security and privacy features for small satellite telecom systems. Description: In an increasingly digital world, security and privacy concerns are becom…

  • IAP.KS.PT.000 PROPTECH - KICKSTART

    Property Technology, or "PropTech", is a term that encompasses the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. PropTech has proliferated over the last 35 years initially due to the development of mainframe and personal computers, tools such as Lotus and Excel, more comprehensive software solutions for architecting, engineering and construction, and finally the Internet era and online marketpla…

  • PRECODING FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3C.027) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to develop precoding techniques for the forward link of multi-beam LEO satellite systems operatingin full frequency reuse. The activity will target the conventional single-satellite precoding, as well as precoding across adjacentsatellites having beams with overlapping footprints. The developed techniques will be implemented and tested in a software simulator able to assess the performance at both link level 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 MobileBroadband services (eMBB) from LEO. Targeted Improvements: Enabling 5G regenerative satellites.Description: The 5th Generation (5G)wireless access technology, known as New Radio (NR),…

  • DIRECT SATELLITE TO VEHICLE MULTICASTING BELOW 6 GHZ BASED ON OPEN STANDARDS (ARTES AT 7C.072)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a solution to provide direct satellite to vehicle multicasting services for video and data distribution in frequencies below 6 GHz and based on open standards. The solution will be verified by a test bed that will implement key ground segment components including a prototype receiver. The test bed will be developed as part of the activityTargeted Improvements: Increasing the number of concurrent deli…

  • CONCEPTS FOR ULTRA-LARGE APERTURE ANTENNAS (ARTES FPE 1A.113) - EXPRO+

    Satellite antenna size and the data throughput achievable in a satellite communications channel are directly related, but the benefits from an increased aperture size can also be used to enable access to smaller ground antennas or to improve QoS, as well as increase data throughput. As well as gain, increasing satellite antenna size also enables increased spatial discrimination, enabling greater frequency reuse across a given service area. Wit…

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

    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…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT : QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION BUILDING BLOCKS (3D.003 / SL.025)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop a high count-rate entangled photon source (space segment) plus a complementary photon counting detector with enhanced quantum efficiency, timing resolution and decreased dead time (ground segment)Targeted Improvements:Enable Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) with an increased secure QKD bit-rate from a geosynchronous orbit (GEO)Description:Quantum key distribution (QKD) is considered one of th…

  • MICROWAVE PHOTONICS VOLTAGE-CONTROLLED OSCILLATOR FOR Q/V/W-BAND LOCAL OSCILLATORS (ARTES AT 5C.466)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test low phase noise millimetre-wave VCOs based on a photonic integrated circuit for Q/V/W-band local oscillators. Targeted Improvements:- Improvement of 10 to 20 dB on phase noise performance as compared to state-of-the-art MMIC implementation- Compliance to phase noise requirements for Q/V and future W-band frequency convertersDescription: Very high throughput satellites call for th…

  • HOLOMONDAS OBSERVATORY UPGRADES FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.013 / SL.049)

    Objective: To develop transmit and receive systems for optical communication and the reception of quantum keys. Targeted Improvements: Tenfold speed increase in data rates by optical communication between satellites and ground and implementation of a cyber-securequantum channel. Description: The Holomondas telescope has been identified to support the ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON as well as the SAGA Project for the preparation of the space seg…

  • COMPACT POWER CONTROL MODULE WITH DIGITAL CONTROL (ARTES AT 4F.153)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a power module, based on a bi-directional switch power conversion topology and digital control, which integrates three functions, solar array regulation, battery charge and battery discharge regulations, with a power between 2.5 kW and 3 kW for each function.Targeted Improvements:- mass reduction by 35% by integrating the 3 main power control functions (solar array regulation, ba…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: SPACE QUALIFIED FAINT PULSE LASER SOURCE FOR QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION (5G.003/SL.012)(ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop and qualify a faint pulse laser source for space-based quantum key distribution systems.Targeted Improvements:Increase the technical readiness level of faint pulse laser sources suitable for quantum key distribution applications from 5 to 7. Description:Quantum key distribution systems using protocols based on faint laser pulses require a photon source emitting less than one photon per puls…

  • END-TO-END MANUFACTURING AND INTEGRATION PROCESSES FOR STANDARDISED BALL BEARINGS IN TELECOM SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4E.086)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a simplified, scalable ball bearing family and a suitable end-to-end manufacturing and integration process, leading to a COTS approach for a wide range of mechanisms used on telecommunication satellites. Targeted Improvements: Enabling a common approach for the use of commercial ball bearings with a 50% reduction in lead time. Description: Ball bearings are widely used in space mechanisms for telecom…

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

    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: Opticalcommunication promises the possibility to transmit virtually unlimited amounts of data from optical ground stations (OGS) to futuretelecommunication satellites, without the need for lic…

  • PATH AWARENESS TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSPORT PROTOCOLS OVER SATELLITE (ARTES AT 3A.157)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test Path Aware Networking (PAN) techniques for LEO, MEO or GEO systems with dynamic bandwidth allocation and oversubscription and for hybrid satellite-terrestrial networks with multipath. The new protocols will be implemented in software and verified in a laboratory environment first, and then they will be validated over the air. Targeted Improvements: Enabling transport layer protocol performan…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: REFERENCE ATMOSPHERIC PROPAGATION MODELS AND DATA FOR OPTICAL EARTH-SPACE COMMUNICATION LINKS (3B.043/SL.026) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST) - EXPRO PLUS

    Objective:To develop reference ITU-R recommendation for Optical Atmospheric Propagation data, and statistical prediction methods required for the design of Earth-space optical, telecommunication systems using link-budget and link availability analysis.This development shall be based on published scientific models and the results of relevant ESA activities. The statistical models shall be tested using experimental data from past or on-going opt…

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

    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 ofthe communication channel also for RF sensing applica…

  • 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…

  • 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…