Funding

Funding

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Q/V BAND PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS FOR GROUND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7C.070) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test a receive Q-band prototype, and a transmit V-band beamformer, both supporting2 beams scanning in a large field of view for the mobility market (e.g. aeroplanes, buses, trains). Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for Q/V band user terminals for the mobility market (aeroplanes, buses, trains). Description:Today, terminal antennas are mainly exploiting the Ka- and the Ku-frequency bands…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 payloadimplementing noise shaping will be developed and performances evaluated, including the development of noise shaping algorithms and their digital implementation. Targeted Improvements:…

  • ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE EFFECT MITIGATION BY SECONDARY MIRROR ACTUATION (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.020)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to simplify optical feeder links systems in Optical Ground Stations by replacing the secondary mirror with an active (deformable) one and to demonstrate the improvement in transmission budget and complexity. Targeted Improvements: 30% increased optical throughput in optical communication ground stations. 20% reduction of complexity in adaptive optics and beam pre-distortion in feeder-link systems. R…

  • 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…

  • TURBULENCE MONITORING EQUIPMENT (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.009 / SL.046)

    Objective: To develop a turbulence monitoring equipment to demonstrate an accurate turbulence measurement concept that can be used during daytime and night-time conditions. The equipment shall also include cloud and aerosol monitoring. Targeted Improvements: To support handover decisions of individual optical ground stations and automated operation of a network of optical ground stations.Description: Accurate knowledge of the optical link avai…

  • THERMOPLASTIC SMALL SATELLITE PLATFORM (ARTES AT 4H.006)

    The objective of the activity is to replace existing primary structure of small satellites (up to 200 kg mass) with thermoplastic materials. Targeted Improvements:Simpler platform due to 30% lead time reduction in design, manufacture and assembly. Description:Manufacturing of spacecraft platform components requires the use of metallic or carbon fibre reinforced polymer (thermoset-based) materials that have some drawbacks: metallic corrosion ne…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: SCINTILLATION MITIGATION TECHNIQUES BASED ON FEMTOSECOND PULSES FOR OPTICAL FEEDER UPLINKS (5G.014/SL.033) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop scintillation mitigation techniques based on femtosecond pulses for optical feeder uplinks. Their performance will be experimentally verified using the fine acquisition sensor on Alphasat's laser communication terminal.Targeted Improvements:25dB link budget improvement under strong turbulence conditions.Description:The adoption of optical feeder links will largely depend on their abili…

  • POWER REFLECTION TOLERANT SOLID STATE POWER AMPLIFIER FOR ACTIVE ANTENNA APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 5C.456)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a power reflection tolerant solid state power amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuit for active antenna applications in Ku- or Ka-band. The amplifier shall be able to handle power reflections as expected during operation and also be able to withstand reflection in failure cases whilst improving the overall efficiencyat the operating point. Targeted Improvements:- Up t…

  • SMALL SATELLITE DESIGN GUIDELINE ENABLING MULTI LAUNCH FROM HEAVY LIFT LAUNCH VEHICLES (ARTES AT 4H.005)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and evaluate by test a design guideline for Small Satellites (>50 kg and <150 kg) that allow efficient stacking inside large launch vehicle fairing. The design guideline will allow common design approaches for compatibility with heavy launch vehicles and demonstrate high volume packing efficiency. Targeted Improvements: Creating a European satellitestacking solution capable of accommodating mor…

  • IN-ORBIT TEST BED FOR AI USING HARDWARE-ACCELERATION-ASSISTED SIGNAL PROCESSING OF RANDOM-ACCESS PROTOCOL SIGNALS (ARTES AT 3E.008)

    The objective is to design, build and test an in-orbit test bed, comprising an RF receiver/transmitter, Artificial Intelligence (AI) hardware and associated signal processing algorithms, for the reception of low power random access protocol signals using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms that can either be trained on the ground or self-trained in orbit. The in-orbit testwill apply and refine these algorithms in the real-t…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT : DEMONSTRATION OF RELIABLE HIGH DATA RATE OPTICAL LINKS UNDER STRONG ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE CONDITIONS (3B.042 / SL.015)

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to demonstrate reliable high data rate optical transmission through the atmosphere (>100Gbps) in a scenario representative (in terms of link attenuation and optical turbulence) of an optical link between a telecom satellite and an Optical Ground Station for elevation angles down to 5deg. Targeted Improvements:Improve the service quality and availability of high data rate optical links through the…

  • DRAG AND ATOMIC OXYGEN RESISTANT CARBON FIBRE REINFORCED POLYMER FOR VERY LOW EARTH ORBIT TELECOM SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4A.092) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a coating material (e.g. for substrates such as carbon fibre reinforced polymer, polymers, etc) with improved atomic oxygen and drag resistance to be used on the external satellite surfaces for very low Earth orbit applicationsTargeted Improvements:- Enabling technology not existing today; allowing telecommunication satellites with conventional construction materials in much lower orbits tha…

  • FAST-LOCK INTERCONNECTIONS AND CONNECTORLESS FLAT CABLES FOR SATCOMS (ARTES AT 4A.091)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test dedicated connectors with a fast-locking mechanism for satellite electronic units and boards. The developed connectors will allow direct mating with connectorless flat cables. Targeted Improvements:Reduction of the number of connection points by 20%, reduction of the total cable harness volume and mass by 60% and 40% respectively. Reduction of harness and satellite manufacturing,…

  • 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…