Funding

Funding

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  • HEAT EXCHANGER FOR A LOOP HEAT PIPE CONDENSER (ARTES AT 4D.072) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an engineering model of a highly efficient heat exchanger for a loop heat pipe condenser coupled to heat pipe radiator panel. Targeted Improvements:- Improved overall conductance of the loop heat pipe plus radiator system by 30%;- Increased reliability of the system against micrometeorites;- Reduced volume of the compensation chamber.Description: Loop heat pipe (LHP) condensers f…

  • MACHINE LEARNING IN OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6B.090 / SL.047)

    Objective: To develop applications for machine learning algorithms in optical communication systems. Targeted Improvements: Ten fold speed increase in traffic routing of optical communication signals in a satellites, air-borne and optical ground stations network. Optimisation of optical communication-link acquisition time. Description: Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI) and is addressing computer algorithms that impro…

  • FEEDER LINK ARCHITECTURES FOR FUTURE NGSO CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES FPE 1B.132) - EXPRO+

    This activity comprises a system-level assessment of the optimal approach for implementing feeder links within future NGSO communications constellations: specifically comparing the potential benefits and challenges of implementing optical feeder link architectures with those of future RF solutions. The study will focus on the system-level topology, implementation, operations, and service-level impacts of such an approach, as opposed to the det…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: LOW-PROFILE OPTICAL HEAD FOR AIRBORNE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (5G.007/SL.023)(ON DELEGATION REQUEST)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design and prototype a low profile optical head, together with a roadmap leading to the certification for use on aircraft.Targeted Improvements:Demonstration of flat antenna technology within the optical domainDescription:With Europe having established the use of optical communication systems through the deployment of EDRS, qualified optical terminals for space, operating in both the Low earth and…

  • ELECTROHYDRODYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT OF TWO-PHASE AMMONIA HEAT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 4D.073) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an ammonia two-phase system enhanced by electrohydrodynamic technology. Targeted Improvements: Increase the thermal transport capability of existing two-phase systems by 30%. Description: Currently, telecommunication satellites are moving to much high power densities that require new thermal management designs. This increasing demand to put a more performant payload on the spacec…

  • PROTOTYPE FOR MEASURING NGSO SATELLITE NETWORK INTERFERENCE AND RADIOFREQUENCY CHARACTERISTICS (ARTES AT 6A.072)

    The objective of the activity is to develop a ground terminal prototype, as well as the measurement procedure, for identifying interference and measuring Radio Frequency (RF) characteristics from a non-geostationary (NGSO) satellite network. The NGSO satellite RF characteristics to be measured, include the effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and transmit gain pattern, power flux density(PFD) and equivalent downlink PFD. Targeted Improvem…

  • V-BAND INTEGRATED ACTIVE RECEIVE FRONT-END (ARTES AT 5C.433)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test an integrated V-band receive front-end, including redundancy, for future telecommunication payloads. Targeted Improvements: Noise figure improvement of 1 dB compared to a conventional distributed architecture. Description: The use of V-band for satellite communications (47.5 - 51.4 GHz) will significantly reduce the number of gateway earth stations required in very high throughp…

  • QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION HIGH RATE DETECTOR PREDEVELOPMENT (4S SAGA) 6C.032

    QKD High rate detector technologies development results are an important element to improve the Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) key rate of the SAGA payloads, which is currently limited by the maximum key rate of available single photon detector technology, The QKD high rate detector pre-development activity has the following objectives : - Study and develop a single photon detector with >2 GHz count rate at high quantum efficiency and assoc…

  • EFFICIENT, LIGHTWEIGHT RADIATION SHIELDING OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS ON BOARD GEO SPACECRAFT (ARTES AT 5C.438) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a novel radiation shielding solution with significant improvement of the shielding efficiency per unit mass in comparison to aluminium for geostationary Earth orbit applications. Targeted Improvements: 30 - 50% increase in radiation shielding efficiency per unit mass compared to aluminium. Description: The radiation environment of the geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) is challengin…

  • NEXT GENERATION 4S SATCOM SOLUTIONS - DESIGN (B1) PHASES (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.150 / 4S.011)

    Objective: Objective is to consolidate design of innovative and promising next-generation 4S satcom solutions put forward by exploratory next-generation satcom system studies, including those identified as possible components of an EU Connectivity infrastructure,in anticipation of CM22 and the possible need to secure additional funding for theirdevelopment, early deployment and end-to-end validation. Targeted Improvements: Preliminary design a…

  • GENERIC ADAPTIVE OPTICS FOR OPTICAL COMMUNICATION AND QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.014 / SL.050)

    Objective: To develop a generic adaptive-optics (AO) building block to be used in optical ground stations (OGS). Targeted Improvements: More than tenfold increase in optical bandwidth and quantum key rate in satellite to ground based optical communication and quantum links. Commercial of-the-self adaptive optics systems (AOS) are not available Description: With the large increase in optical and quantum communication applications also the numbe…

  • W-BAND INTEGRATED ACTIVE RECEIVE FRONT-END (ARTES AT 5C.432)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test an integrated W-band receive front-end for future telecom payloads. Targeted Improvements:- Enabling technology for W-band uplink gateway connectivity;- Noise figure improvement of 1 dB comparedto an equivalent distributed front-end architecture.Description: It is becoming more and more difficult to satisfy the ever increasing demand for higher data-rates in very high throughput…

  • ENVELOPE TRACKING SSPA PROTOTYPE (ARTES AT 6A.073)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test an end-to-end envelope tracking SSPA prototype. The prototype willinclude a digital implementation of critical envelope tracking/class-G functions including predistortion and an analogue implementation of monolithically integrated DC-DC converter, modulator and RF high power amplifier.Targeted Improvements: At least 10% improvement in the overall SSPA efficiency (calculated inclu…

  • SECURITY SOLUTIONS AND SECURITY TEST BED FOR NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKS (ARTES SPL 5G 3D.005)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate solutions for the security vulnerabilities introduced by the adoption of 5G features in Satcom networks. The developments will be validated in an end-to-end 5G Satcom test bed to be implemented as part of the activity. The test bed will be developed to serve as a platform for the development, testing, validation and satellite live demonstration of future security solutions for 3GPP Non-T…

  • LOW LOSS AND TEMPERATURE STABLE SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE FILTERS (ARTES AT 5C.439)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test low loss (quality factor > 4000) and temperature stable surface acoustic wave filters for L- and S-band applications. This activity aims to spin-in 4G and 5G surface acoustic wave technologies to the space industry. Targeted Improvements: At least a factor of two improvement of quality factor and temperature stability in comparison to today's space surface acoustic wave…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL SPACE AND EDGE INTELLIGENCE

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions leveraging the inherent advantages of Edge Intelligence. Edge Intelligence refers to a paradigm shift in computing in which certain data analysis processes are moved from centralised cloud or in-house data centers to the "edge" of the network. In such solutions, certain aspects of the analysis of the data and derivation…

  • KICK-START THEMATIC CALL: CARBON CAPTURE, STORAGE AND SEQUESTRATION

    The objective of this Kick Start is to analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new services and solutions related to Carbon Capture, Storage and Sequestration. 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 or more…