Funding

Funding

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  • 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…

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

    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…

  • 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…

  • STANDARDISED GROUND SOFTWARE COMPONENTS FOR ORCHESTRATING HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE SERVICES (ARTES AT 6B.097)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test standardised ground software components to control, manage and share resources of a fleet of flexible high throughput satellites among multi-vendor service operators and service providers.Targeted Improvements:- increase the uptime of satellite service at least by a factor of 2,- facilitate the integration of the satellite into other communication networks and provide flexibility for…

  • ALPHASAT Q/V BAND COMMUNICATION EXPERIMENTS COVERING MOBILE AND NON-GEO USE CASES (ARTES AT 3B.046)

    The objective of this activity is to design, implement and carry out a number of communication experiments in Q/V band using Alphasat's Aldo Paraboni (TDP5) infrastructure. The experiments will cover mobile and non-GEO use cases. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the practical use of Q/V-band for satcom systems for new operational scenarios including land mobile systems, railway, maritime and non-GEO mission profiles.Description: Alphasat…

  • DEPLOYABLE MECHANISMS FOR MULTI FLAT-PANEL REFLECTARRAY ANTENNAS FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5E.026)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test the mechanisms to support a Ka-band reflect array composed of several panels that deploy in two orthogonal directions. The activity will develop packing, deployment solutions and mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Enable small telecommunications satellites to embark deployable reflect arrays of at least 1 square meter. Description: In order to increase the gain of antennas employ…

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

    Objective: 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 qu…

  • OPERATIONS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.031) - EXPRO+

    Objective: To provide initial operational development support to optical ground stations (OGS) developed within the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI) and the ESA nucleus ground station networks.Targeted Improvements: Tenfold increase in the operational readiness by optical and quantum communication ground stations.Description: Multiple European telescope sites have been identified to support ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON…

  • INTEGRATED Q/V/W-BAND PASSIVE RF HARDWARE FOR GROUND SEGMENT NETWORK EQUIPMENT (ARTES AT 6A.077) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test integrated Q/V/W-band passive RF hardware for ground segment gateways.

    Targeted Improvements:

    • Reduction of number of piece parts by at least a factor of 2;
    • Reduction of losses in the order of 0.5 to 2dB due to less RF interfaces;
    • Reduction of effort of assembly, integration and testing.

    Description: Very High ThroughputSatellite…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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

    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 elementina very compact form factor. The integration of the dip…

  • HIGH POWER COATING DEVELOPMENT FOR SPACE-BASED LASER COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.030)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test optical coatings at 1550 nm (C- and L-band) for long term operation with high laser powers in vacuum. This shall cover the effects of space radiation and extended exposure to the space environment.Targeted Improvements:Extend the overall mission duration to a typical GEO satellite lifetime with optical power levels exceeding 100 Watts. Description: Optical coatings are pr…

  • 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…

  • HYBRID MECHANICAL ELECTRONIC SCANNING ANTENNA FOR USER TERMINALS COMPATIBLE WITH HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION (ARTES AT 7B.068)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a hybrid mechanical electronic scanning antenna for satcom user terminals suitable for LEO satcom systems. The antenna shall be compatible with high volume production. The design will focus on lowering complexity in comparison to fully electronically scanning antennas achieving sufficient functionality without over designing.Targeted Improvements:Enabling a hybrid electronic mech…

  • L-BAND GALLIUM NITRIDE LOW NOISE AMPLIFIER-BASED RF FRONT-END (ARTES AT 5C.465) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to design a compact L-band RF front-end for telecom applications which is based on a GaN Low NoiseAmplifier (LNA). A breadboard of a GaN microwave monolithic integrated circuit will be developed and tested. The RF front-end including the filtering function shall be modelled.Targeted Improvements: up to 30% mass and volume saving of the RF front-end (LNA and filtering) and 20 dB improvement of the LNA dynamic ra…

  • 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…

  • COMPACT, RELIABLE MULTI-BAND ANTENNA FOR MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE - EXPRO PLUS

    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 and…

  • PROTOCOL-AWARE SMART GATEWAY DIVERSITY TECHNIQUES (ARTES AT 3A.138) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop smart gateway diversity techniques that minimize the impact of feeder link gateway switching across the protocol stack (physical, medium access control, network, transport and application layers). The techniques will betested on typical broadband applications using a cross-layer protocol emulator driven by real multi-site propagation measurements. Targeted Improvements: Enabling feeder link gateway s…

  • EVAPORATION MODELLING FOR LONG LIFE MECHANISMS USED IN GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4E.087) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and correlate an evaporation software model for long life (15 years and above) mechanisms (e.g. solar array drive mechanism, reaction wheels, electric propulsion and antenna pointing mechanisms) as needed for geostationary spacecraft. The developed evaporation software model will be validated through testing of mechanism test-vehicles. Targeted Improvements:- increase the accuracy of the current anal…

  • GROUND NETWORK DIMENSIONING FOR CONSTELLATIONS SECURE NETWORKS (ARTES 6B.096)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test methodologies and algorithms supporting trade-off analysis,performance evaluation and operation concept for constellations ground networks. The methodologies and algorithms developed will beapplied and tested on representative satellite constellations delivering secure services. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the combined optimization of system architecture for secure con…

  • RELIABLE LEO OPTICAL FEEDER LINK DEMONSTRATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.007)

    Objective: To develop technologies and to demonstrate a reliable optical communication uplink from an optical ground station to a satellite in low Earth orbit.Targeted Improvements: First ever demonstration that reliable optical feeder uplinks to telecommunication satellites in LEO are feasible. Description: Optical communication promises the possibility to transmit virtually unlimited amounts of data from optical ground stations (OGS) to futu…