Funding

Funding

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  • ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTS FOR CG, SCYLIGHT, 4S AND 5G - CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    This Call for Proposals covers the industry initiated activities for the four Programmes lines identified below:- ARTES 4.0 Core Competitiveness Generic Programme Line - Component B: Competitiveness Growth - ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Space for 5G- ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S)- ARTES 4.0 strategic programme line Optical Communication - ScyLightThe participating states per programme are…

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS IN ARTES 4.0 (UNDER BASS, 4S OR 5G PROGRAMME LINES)FEASIBILITY STUDIES/DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

    The overall goal of ARTES 4.0 Business Applications can be summarised as the development of pre-operational services - possibly in partnership - for a wide range of users through the combination of different systems. Business Applications activities aim at: i) collecting user feedback for better tuning of the applications and the operation of all elements involved, ii) developing commercial sustainable space based applications by linking user…

  • ARTES CC - ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY - WORK PLAN 2021 - EMITS / WEBSITE

    A key role of ESA within the satellite telecommunications sector is to promote high levels of Research and Development activity within Participating State industry to help ensure both their preparedness and competitiveness in both the short and long terms. ARTESCore Competitiveness Element Programme Component "A" Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is concerned with the early development stages ofnew systems and the exploitation of new an…

  • PERMANENT OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR NHS FUTURE HOSPITAL INITIATIVE

    Following a well-established collaboration among the UK National Health Service (NHS), the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and ESA are promoting innovative solutions exploiting space technologies for the benefit of NHS ecosystem. This Open Call for Proposals is aimed at fostering activities bringing space technology that contribute to shape the NHS Future Hospital project initiative, recently kicked off by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.…

  • SPACE-BASED INNOVATION AND DIGITALISATION FOR THE SCHOOL OF TOMORROW

    This Call is built on the existing collaboration between ESA and the Italian Minister of Education, the two organizations cooperatewith the objective of pursuing space based activities delivering innovation and digitalisation to support the education for the benefit of students, teachers and the entire surrounding community. MI has supported the definition of objectives and use cases for the present call. The objectives of the Call are to: i)…

  • DEMONSTRATION OF DIRECT 5G BROADBAND ACCESS FROM LEO TO SMALL APERTURE TERMINALS (ARTES SPL 5G 2-.021)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate in orbit a communications experiment to demonstrate direct 5G broadband access from LEO to very small aperture mobile terminals. The minimum target data rate target is 1 Mbps. Targeted Improvements: Enabling 5G broadband services directly from satellite. Description: The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) completed the first global 5th Generation (5G) New Radio (NR) standard in it…

  • SPACE FOR AVIATION SAFETY EVOLUTION (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL)

    Digitalisation and remotisation of operations, digitalisation of communications, reduction in human operational intervention, development of remotely piloted and autogitalisation and remotisation of operations, digitalisation of communications, reduction in humanoperational intervention, development of remotely piloted and automated platforms (i.e. drones, UAVs, HAPS) and operations in new layers of airspace kept mostly unutilised up to now (V…

  • SPACE FOR RESILIENT UTILITIES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL)

    The utilities sector, including water, sewage, and energy networks amongst other, is considered a critical infrastructure, meaning that the loss, or interruption of them would result in a significant impact of the functioning of the state and/or significant economic and social impacts. These networks, as well as their associated equipment and personnel are increasingly monitored and controlled by communication technologies. While this digitali…

  • KA- TO W-BAND FREQUENCY CONVERTER (ARTES AT 5C.437)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a Ka- to W-band up-converter for future very high throughput telecom payloads. Targeted Improvements: enabling technology for future satellite telecommunication systems based on the use of W-band for the gateway links. Description: The trend in very high throughput satellite systems is to employ high frequency bands (e.g. Q/V-band) for the gateway communication links in order to…

  • CRITICAL BUILDING BLOCKS FOR FUTURE LIGHTWEIGHT FLEXIBLE SOLAR ARRAY (ARTES AT 4F.147)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test innovative concepts of flexible solar array, including interface technologies combining the flexible photovoltaic assembly with the mechanical flexible support. Targeted Improvements:- Increase the solar array power/mass ratio by at least 25% compared to flexible solar arrays currently under development;- Enabling European flexible solar array guaranteeing European independence…

  • END-TO-END CONGESTION CONTROL FOR BROADBAND NETWORKS WITH SATELLITE-TAILORED QUIC PROTOCOL (ARTES AT 6B.084)

    The objective of the activity is to design and develop end-to-end transport layer congestion control mechanisms for broadband GEO and non-GEO satellite networks, and demonstrate them over a QUIC protocol reference implementation. Targeted Improvements: QUIC over satellite performance with a quality of service similar or better compared to HTTP v2 over PEP. Description:QUIC is a new transport protocol, alternative to the IETF (Internet Engineer…

  • MULTIPLE ACCESS SEQUENCES FOR SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS WITHOUT CENTRALISED MANAGEMENT (ARTES AT 4G.037)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a breadboard of the digital part of a receiver to validate the use of cipher-based sequences for uncoordinated multiple access operation on command and telemetry links for communication satellite constellations. Targeted Improvements: Eliminate the need for a central sequence assignment and coordination entity. Description: Spread spectrum modulation in satellite telecommand and…

  • DISTRIBUTED, MODULAR ACTIVE ANTENNA WITH CLOSE-TO APERTURE CONVERSION AND PROCESSING (ARTES AT 5B.203) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop, breadboard and experimentally test a concept of a distributed modular active antenna based on digital conversion and processing close to the aperture for future Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS). This includes a digital interface concept between the antenna and the on-board processor enabling a deployable active antenna. Targeted Improvements: Reduction in the large number of on-boa…

  • ADVANCED MANUFACTURING OF ROTORS FOR REACTION WHEELS (ARTES AT 4E.081) - EXPRO+

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a single piece part rotor of a reaction wheel optimised in structure, function and manufacturability by using cutting-edge technologies, including topology optimisation, advanced manufacturing and laser balancing techniques. Targeted Improvements:- Mass reduction of the rotor by 30%;- Increased robustness against launch loads.Description: The manufacturing of rotors for reaction…

  • CRITICAL COMPONENTS FOR W-BAND FEEDER LINK APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 6B.069) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop critical components (modulator and demodulator) mitigating RF-introduced impairments (e.g. phase noise, group-delay) in the feeder link of VHTS W-band gateways and related user terminals. The performance willbe tested in laboratory environment and the outcome will be available for possible DVB-S2X standard evolution. Targeted Improvements: This activity aims at limiting the link performanc…

  • TECHNIQUES FOR INTELLIGENT JAMMING DETECTION AND MITIGATION OF SATELLITE IOT GATEWAYS(ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 6B.085 / 4S.009) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: This activity aims to develop jamming detection and mitigation techniques for satellite Internet of Things (IoT) gateways as a counter-measure against security threats. In particular, threats involving partial jamming or complete service unavailability shall be addressed. A test-bed will be developed in order to evaluate the counter-measure mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Enabling jamming resilient satellite IoT networks. Reduce…

  • SYSTEM DEMONSTRATOR OF NON-ORTHOGONAL MULTIPLE ACCESS OVER SATELLITE (ARTES AT 3C.024)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a non-orthogonal multiple access scheme for satellite uplink to increase the overall system's return link throughput for selected scenarios. An over-the-air end-to-end system demonstrator will be developed and the developed non-orthogonal multiple access scheme will be tested. Targeted Improvements: Increasing the system's aggregated return link throughput by 60%; Reducing the retu…

  • LIGHT WEIGHT INSULATING COATING TECHNIQUES FOR HIGH VOLTAGE POWER CONVERTERS (ARTES AT 5C.426)

    The objective of the activity is to specify, trade-off and evaluate high voltage coating isolation technology for state of the art high voltage power converters used in telecommunication satellites, such as those used for travelling wave tube amplifiers and electric propulsion.Targeted Improvements: Mass reduction of high voltage modules > 50%;- Enabling the use of surface mounted devices on high voltage printed circuit boards;- Enabling te…

  • SATELLITE AND INTEGRATED ACCESS BACKHAUL (IAB) AN ARCHITECTURAL TRADE-OFF (ARTES SPL 5G 1A.117) - EXPRO+

    The objective of the activity is to identify the benefits of Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) in future satellite-terrestrial integrated communications networks, and propose the most promising use-cases of IAB that shall be implemented and validated. Targeted improvements: Adding flexibility to integrated satcom nodes needed to support the densified networking architectures not existing today. Description: In terrestrial 5G networks, the conce…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL SPACE FOR DIGITAL PLATFORMS

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions related to Digital Platforms. The services/solutions put forward should use space assets, such as one or more of Earth observation, Satellite Communication, Satellite Navigation, and Human Spaceflight technologies, or otherwise serve the Space sector/ecosystem. Solutions should broadly address one of consumer services (platforms…

  • KU- AND KA-BAND FILTERS FOR TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE ACTIVE ANTENNAS (ARTES AT 5C.431)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and experimentally verify compact filter solutions exploring novel materials and resonator folding techniques to achieve a high Q factor and physical envelopes compatible with the feed spacing in active Ku- and Ka- bandantennas. Targeted Improvements: Volume reduction of 50% with respect to a waveguide implementation whilst maintaining good RF performance.Description: Future satellite systems will em…

  • RECONFIGURABLE PASSIVE MULTIBEAM ANTENNAS FOR NEXT GENERATION OF LEO SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5B.208) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective is to design, manufacture and test simpler but competitive passive multibeam antennas for next generation low Earth orbit satellites. Dual polarisation as well as transmit and receive capabilities shall be combined in the same aperture. At least 32 reconfigurable beams shall be generated in Ka band.Targeted Improvements: 50% decrease in antenna complexity (e.g. components and connection counts) as compared to an active antenna ge…

  • COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ENABLED BY SPACE ENVIRONMENTS (CASE) CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    Space can be the ideal environment to exploit a wide range of phenomena and physical processes that are not possible under the effects of gravity experienced on Earth, such as different fluid dynamics, material behaviour or cell biology. Besides microgravity, space offers extreme conditions, such as huge temperature differences and radiation, as well as an unobstructed vantage point for remote sensing or communication. All these characteristic…

  • ON CHIP INTEGRATED POWER CONVERTER FOR ADVANCED FIELD PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAYS (ARTES AT 5C.440) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test an on-chip integrated power converter for high performance Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) applications to reduce size and footprint. Targeted Improvements: 50% reduction in FPGA application footprint, fourfold increase in reliability and 20% increase in efficiency. Description: Currently external power supplies are used to power FPGAs in space applications. This limits the…

  • MEMORY CONTROL SUB-SYSTEM FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT APPLICATIONS (ARTES AT 4G.035)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a technology independent and adaptable memory control sub-system for modern, integrated system-on-chip devices for low earth orbit applications. This will include radiation testing of low voltage, high speed memory technology. Targeted Improvements: Enabling integrated software defined radios utilising DDR3 and 4 memory; Resilience to radiation induced destructive events in LEO. Description:…