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  • GRASP: seizing the benefits of a single antenna design tool

    Reflector antennas are by far the most used technology for telecom satellite and ground station antennas. TICRA, a leading provider of cutting-edge reflector antenna modelling software based in Copenhagen, has now under the ARTES programme made great strides in antenna design – with a product that dramatically simplifies the whole process. 

  • AlbaPod: the most advanced space-proven PocketQube deployer

    The ‘maker’ movement in electronics and the meteoric rise of smartphones have led to a surge in small satellites - such as nano- and picosatellites (picosats are the tiniest of smallsats). But something has to propel these pocket-size payloads into space. The AlbaPod is the first flight-proven six unit (6p) ‘PocketQube’ or picosat satellite deployer, whose successful demonstration was performed under the ARTES Competitiveness & Growth programme.  

  • Novel flat panel antennas give drones long-range satcom capabilities

    A satellite communications antenna which fits snugly into the wing of a UAV or ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft’ (RPA) for use in long-range missions has now ‘got its wings’  – giving the green light for a variety of civilian applications across the globe.  

  • 'Extraordinary efficiencies’ with next-generation space solar cell

    Telecommunication satellites are demanding ever-increasing power for new technologies. This makes ever-more efficient and lightweight solar generators a must for full electric propulsion satellite platforms. 

    AZUR SPACE, German-based company and European leader for multi-junction solar cells, rose to the challenge of developing and qualifying a new cell to meet this rapidly evolving brief. With the support of the ARTES C&G programme, the ‘4G32C’ solar cell has trumped AZUR’s own best-selling product as the first upright metamorphic 4J (4 junction) cell on the market for high end-of-life efficiency in geostationary orbit applications.

  • A giant step towards satellite interference mitigation with SkyMON

    Data-hungry media, like HDTV and mobile services, have made the use of satellites and their broadcasting capabilities crucial for global communications. But in order to offer these services there is a growing number of satellites required, crowding the geostationary arc. This then increases the risk of interference. Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH, Austria, have sought to address this with ARTES support, introducing a powerful new VSAT Monitoring and Geolocation product.

  • Qualification of new family of hybrid solar arrays

    Under ESA’s Competitiveness & Growth programme, Airbus (Ottobrunn, D) is qualifying a new family of hybrid solar arrays that is capable to deliver approximately ≈ 50% more power in the same volume and with the same weight as previous generations. This new subsystem will be a key asset of the new Eurostar Neo platform, developed within ESA's Partnership Projects.

  • ARTES 4.0 – a new proposal for a new marketplace

    The world space market is undergoing a deep transformation fuelled by the digitalisation of the economy and society. At the same time, many governments recognise the growing strategic importance of space. 

  • Space2connect 2020 Conference

    The European Space Agency is organising the first ever “Space2connect” conference. Space2Connect is postponed to Q2 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new date will be communicated as soon as possible later this year.

  • TESAT’s high-flying, high-performance X-band modulator: a data-relay and data-downlink star

    The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimate that by 2020 there will be around 40 trillion gigabytes of data in existence. To cope with this increasing volume, data rates for satellite transmission to the ground need to be augmented. TESAT, experts in manufacturing payload equipment for communication satellites, have developed in response a high-performance 8PSK X-band Modulator under ESA’s ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (ARTES C&G) programme.

  • Keeping Satcom Safe – Anti-jamming Solution for Antennas

    Thales Alenia Space with the support of ESA has successfully developed anti-jamming antenna capabilities for reflector-type antennas – whose appeal is set to generate great interest on the commercial market.