A key role of ESA in telecommunications is to promote a significant level of R&D activities to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of European industry in the short and long term.
ARTES Advanced Technology (formerly named ARTES Element 5 sub-element 5.1), in short ARTES AT, is the Agency's main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications, and it covers the long-term R&D activities. ARTES AT activities contain significant amounts of industrial research and technical risk and are therefore fully funded.
ARTES AT is concerned with the early stages of development of systems and exploitation of new and promising technologies for satellite communications. In several cases the ARTES AT activities are a continuation of a Technology Research Programme (TRP) activity. Within the TRP the components are developed and basic feasibility is demonstrated, while within ARTES AT the equipment are developed to breadboard or engineering model level. The further development to a space qualified or industrialised product is supported within the co-funded ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (formerly called ARTES 3-4) element.
Through ARTES AT, ESA supports the exploitation of new technologies into equipment such that in the long-term the industry will be able to offer state-of-the-art equipment and systems at competitive prices. It encompasses activities related to the development of subsystems and equipment for satellite communications.
The Workplan specifically addresses technology and equipment activities in support of the priorities defined in the Telecommunications Long Term Plan. The ARTES AT 2016 and 2017 Workplans have been coordinated with other ESA technology programmes. The activities are organised per application area and grouped as Ground Segment, System, or Space Segment (Payload, Platform) related.
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In addition to the annual ARTES AT Workplans, a summary table for all planned ARTES AT Workplan activities is available for download to registered users residing within participating Member States.