Funding

Funding

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  • CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGIES ENABLING MODULAR DEPLOYABLE KU/KA BAND ACTIVE ANTENNAS FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5E.025)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test connectivity solutions for power, data and thermal transfer acrossdeployed active antenna panels compatible with the form factor limitations of small satellites. A scaled engineering model including critical functionality relevant to power, thermal and data transfer across panels will be developed and evaluated for effectiveness and repeatability.Targeted Improvements:Enabling de…

  • IN-ORBIT EXPERIMENT OF AN INFLATABLE DE-ORBITING DRAG DEVICE FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 3E.003) (FORMER ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…
  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • ARTES CG - ENTRY - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    The objectives of ARTES Competitiveness Growth are to ensure the readiness of the industry to respond to commercial opportunitiesby focusing the activitieson technological innovation in equipment, systems and applications for satellite communication, resultingin products ready for future exploitation within eitherthe commercial or institutional market. The program supports space, groundand applications segments as well as overall system-relat…

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS ARTES 4.0 BUSINESS APPLICATIONS SPACE4RAIL

    The ARTES 4.0 Business Applications Space4Rail Call for Proposals is comprised of several thematic domains supporting industry-specific initiatives related to the digitalisation of railway. This call aims to support the exploitation of space-based assets (satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services:i) related to future Control, Command and Signaling (CCS) in the E…