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  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SPACE4RAIL DOWNSTREAM APPLICATIONS IN ARTES 4.0 (UNDER BASS, 4S OR 5G PROGRAMME LINES)

    The call for proposals for Space4Rail Downstream Applications in ARTES 4.0 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 (e.g. satellite navigation, satellite communications and/or earth observation) in innovative and sustainable applications/services:i) related to future Control, Command and Signaling…

  • ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS ACTIVITY - STANDARD CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    This Call for Proposals covers the industry initiated activities for the four Programmes lines identified below:ARTES Core Competitiveness Generic ProgrammeLine- Component B: Competitiveness GrowthARTES Strategic Programme Line Space for 5G/6G and Sustainable Connectivity ARTES Strategic Programme Line Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S)ARTES Strategic Programme Line Optical and Quantum Communication - ScyLight. The participating state…

  • REFERENCE IP CORE FOR UNIVERSAL SATELLITE-TERRESTRIAL 5G USER EQUIPMENT (ARTES SPL 5G 7B.056) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and validate a reference high-throughput IP core to be used as a basis for universal satellite-terrestrial connectivity in 5G user equipment. The development will support both 5G New Radio (NR) Terrestrial and Non-Terrestrial (satellite) Networks and will be compliant with 3GPP Release 17. The target maximum throughput will be in the order of hundreds of Mbps requiring specialised hardware (e.g. FPGA…

  • MOONLIGHT PARTNERSHIP PROJECT - LUNAR COMMUNICATION AND NAVIGATION SYSTEM (LCNS) PHASE B2/C/D/E (SYSTEM AND SERVICES)

    Moonlight Public Private Partnership contract addressing the procurement of cislunar communication and navigation services as well as the development of the co-funded infrastructure required for those services.

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

    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…

  • 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 test will apply and refine these algorithms in the real-…

  • CYBER RESILIENCE FRAMEWORK FOR SPACE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.015 / 4S.030) - EXPRO+

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop a space centric framework for cyber information exchange, a threat and vulnerability assessment tool, and sets of reference security blueprints for future product implementations. Targeted Improvements: The immense majority of attacks use known security breaches: this framework will help defuse at least 85% of common attacks. Description: There is a growing need to increase the cyber resil…

  • SATELLITE-BASED VOICE CONNECTIVITY OVER IP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION EMERGENCY CALL (NG ECALL) (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3A.154 / 4S.012) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to design and develop a system concept for the Next Generation Emergency Call (NG eCall) service over satellite for emergency applications. A software testbed will be designed and developed to assess and evaluate the performance of the system concept. Targeted Improvements: Enabling the NG eCall service over satellite for emergency applications, including in particular voice and remote control commun…

  • ON-BOARD CONTINUAL LEARNING IN SATCOM SYSTEM (ARTES FPE 1B.138) - EXPRO+

    The traditional Machine Learning (ML) implementation method is based on a regime called offline learning or batch learning, where in large amounts of data are collected in advance and stored for training and verification purposes. This approach works well for applications where the input data stream is stable and regular, with minimal fluctuation or noise. This approach can however lead to a degradation in performance if the input changes in a…

  • HIGH THRUST, HIGH SPECIFIC IMPULSE XENON RESISTOJET (ARTES 4.0 AT 4B.171)

    The objective of the activity is to design and test a Xenon-fed, high power, high pressure resistojet capable of producing high specific impulse and high thrust (e.g. up to or above 2 N and 100 s at 186 bar). High specific impulse will decrease the propellant consumption and high thrust will allow low perigee and rate damping manoeuvres for large full-electric GEO satellites.Targeted Improvements:- Increase thrust by >10 times (versus Xenon…

  • DYNAMIC SIGNALLING AND CONTROL OF GROUND TERMINALS WITH ACTIVE ANTENNAS FOR INTERACTIVE SERVICES (ARTES AT 7-.046) (RE-ISSUE)

    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 signalling overhead shall be below 1% of the link capacity. Ta…

  • BEYOND 5G/6G NETWORKING ARCHITECTURES FOR MULTI-LAYERED NON-TERRESTRIAL NETWORKS AND SMART SATELLITES (ARTES SPL 5G 3A.165)

    The objective of the activity is to develop space networking solutions suitable for multi-layered Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) and smart satellites serving as unified part of beyond 5G/6G network. This will include the definition and specification of networking architectures and supporting protocols that will be implemented in a testbed. The resulting specifications will be openly available for standardization. Targeted Improvements:- Enabli…

  • PHASED ARRAY ANTENNAS BASED ON FLEXIBLE ULTRA-LIGHT MATERIALS AND PRINTED RF COMPONENTS (ARTES AT 7C.074)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a phased array antenna, in Ku- or Ka-band, based on ultra-lightweight, flexible and conformable dielectric substrate materials and printed passive and active RF components. Targeted Improvements:The phased array antenna is expected to be 5-10 times lighter, could be installed on curved surfaces, and guarantee an extended field of view. Description:Traditional arrays are rigid, b…

  • LOW NOISE SLIPRINGS FOR SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE MECHANISMS (ARTES AT 4E.085)

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a low noise slipring breadboard assembly for solar array drive mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Reduction of the slipring noise by at least 3 orders of magnitude with respect to the worst measured noise on current slipring technology. Description: A slipring of a solar array drive mechanism is an electrically conductive rotating track transferring low level signals and high cu…

  • IAP.KS.SM.000 SUSTAINABLE MICRO-MOBILITY KICKSTART - OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL

    The aim of this Kickstart is to help tackle sustainability challenges relating to batteries, electrical products, electronic waste, and the ICT sector. Solutions can target any part of the product lifecycle, whether it's improving sourcing of materials for the micromobility industry or helping to recover useful components from landfill sites. Winning teams will receive 80% funding of up to 200,000 to run a year-long feasibility study. Thi…

  • FREQUENCY COORDINATION DEMONSTRATOR FOR NON-GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE SYSTEMS (ARTES AT 3A.153) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test a demonstrator of a frequency coordination system that manages access to spectrum among different non-geostationary satellite systems. The concept will be implemented and tested as a real-time emulator to be developed as part of the activity. Targeted Improvements: improving the achievable throughput by 50% with respect to partitioning the frequency band. Description: The increasing number o…

  • KA-BAND PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA TILE FOR SMALL SATELLITES (ARTES AT 5E.022) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of a 10x10-cm tile integrating all elements of a Ka-band transmit or receive active phased array antenna. Targeted Improvements: Enabling a Ka-band phased array antennas for nanosatellites, demonstrating up to four single-polarisation beams. Description: While at the beginning of the millennium CubeSats were mostly considered educational projects allowing students to…

  • IAP.FS.5C.002 5G FOR L' ART - STRUCTURAL MONITORING AND RISK MODELLING - FIXED CALL FOR PROPOSAL

    Structural Health Monitoring and Risk Modelling systems include a number of elements such as use cases, data models, risk managing processes, system concepts, technologies, in-situ sensors and satellite technologies. Managing this complexity requires a structured, secure means of communications, encompassing the integration between satellite communication and terrestrial communication infrastructure(5G), to ultimately share information across…

  • DUAL-REDUNDANT BROADBAND LOW NOISE AMPLIFIER MODULE FOR INTER-SATELLITE LINKS AT V-BAND (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.484)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test a scaled engineering model of dual-redundant broadband low noise amplifier module for V-band inter-satellite links, operating over the full 59 -71 GHz band and targeting a state-of-the-art noise figure of less than 3 dB. Targeted Improvements:- Increased bandwidth by 20%.- Low noise figure below 3 dB over 20% bandwidth.Description: V-band inter-satellite links (ISL)…

  • LINK MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR REGENERATIVE BROADBAND LOW EARTH ORBIT CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES 4.0 AT 3C.036)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test user and feeder link management techniques such as dynamic and adaptive data rate loops, flow control, link margin management and distortion mitigation techniques for regenerative broadband Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. The techniques will be implemented, and their performance assessed in a test-bed consisting of a scaled regenerative onboard processor (OBP).Targeted Improvements:- F…

  • SYSTEM STUDY OF LARGE IN-ORBIT-ASSEMBLED ARRAYS IN FREQUENCY RANGE 1 (FR1) FOR 5G AND BEYOND 5G (ARTES SPL 5G 3F.001)

    The objectives of the activity are to perform antenna system trade-offs relevant to the realization and in-orbit assembly of large arrays in Frequency Range 1 (FR1), to identify critical functions and technologies, to provide some demonstration of critical functions and to define a roadmap to make such antenna systems available. Targeted Improvements: Enabling satellite communications for unmodified terrestrial 5G user equipment operating in F…

  • CLOUD BASED BEAMFORMING FOR ELECTRONICALLY STEERABLE ANTENNAS (ARTES 4.0 AT 6B.115)

    The objective of this activity is to design, implement and test a cloud based beamformer compatible to Digital IF open standards. Targeted Improvements: Enabling cloud-based beam forming capabilities as virtual network functions compatible to Digital IF Open Standards. Description: Virtualisation of the satellite ground segment is evolving at a high pace. In the last few years, we have been experiencing a transition from legacy hardware ground…

  • SPACE FOR GREEN CONSTRUCTION FEASIBILITY STUDY - EXPRO+ (RE-ISSUE)

    The European Space Agency's "Space for Green Construction" opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop services supporting sustainability in the construction lifecycle using space-based technology and/or data. This opportunity enables companies to carry out in-depth analyses of the technical feasibility and economic viability of applications across several domains. The construction process involves sev…