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Autonomous Orbit Determination and Station Keeping Control for Competitive Telecom Missions
Category: Space Segment - Platform, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence and Space (Friedrichshafen Site)
Subcontractors: AIRBUS Defence and Space (France)
Trade-off on different autonomous orbit-determination solutions including GNSS and optical-based navigation, and a trade-off on different station keeping strategies, to define the global autonomous system best suited for chemical and for hybrid chemical/electrical Telecom platforms on geo-stationary orbit. The chosen solution is based on GNSS and on classical Station Keeping strategy.

Status date: 21 March 2017
Optical RF Distribution Flight Demonstrator (ORFD)
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: DAS Photonics
Subcontractors: -
This project intends to demonstrate the attractiveness of optical distribution of RF/LO signals in terms of low mass, signal integrity and EMI immunity. A follow-on qualification program will further increase the TRL level of this implementation.

Status date: 21 March 2017
SatNetCode
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: AnsuR A/S
Subcontractors: Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
SatNetCode empowers robust and powerful end-to-end networking over multi-hop integrated satellite networks in potentially difficult mobile scenarios where packet loss and interruptions may occur. By applying adaptive Network Coding – with re-encoding option per network – significant improvements can be obtained over traditional Forward Error Correction approaches. Application areas include aerial, vehicular and maritime users with sources like photos, video and other critical data. The focus is specifically on video over multiple hops.

Status date: 18 March 2017
SB-SAT
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Honeywell UK
Subcontractors: Inmarsat Navigation Ventures Ltd, Moog Space and Defense Group
The SB-SAT (Swift-Broadband for Satellites) spacecraft communications system is designed to enable continuous, near real-time communications between satellite operators and spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The system eliminates the need for expensive new investment in dedicated ground-based communications infrastructure and greatly increases the operational capability of LEO spacecraft.

Status date: 08 March 2017
SHINE (Secure Hybrid In Network caching Environment)
Category: System/ Network/ Protocols, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: CINI – Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica
Subcontractors: Nitel, ITSLAB S.r.l., ISCOM – Istituto Superiore delle Comunicazioni e delle Tecnologie dell’Informazione
An end-to-end secure infrastructure for the delivery of collaborative multimedia services over integrated satellite-terrestrial networks

Status date: 08 March 2017
RF COAXIAL CONNECTORS, TNC, VERY HIGH POWER, 50 OHMS
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Radiall/D-Lightsys
Subcontractors: -
Radiall has developed and qualified a new serie of TNC connectors under ARTES 5.1 and 3 contract. Radiall has qualified a complete range of TNC Very High Power connectors. 14 variants have been created and qualified, and three new ESCC detail specifications have been created.

Status date: 08 March 2017
Design Tool for High Performance Antenna Systems with Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Surfaces
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness, ARTES 5.2 Technology
Prime Contractor: TICRA
Subcontractors: -
The objective of the activity is to develop a design tool for RF analysis and optimisation of advanced reflector antenna systems that consist/involve periodic or quasi-periodic surfaces that can either reflect or transmit electromagnetic fields to fulfil certain radiation characteristics when illuminated by an external source.

Status date: 07 March 2017
New Avionics for SATCOM
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness, ARTES 5.2 Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Belgium
Subcontractors: -
This newly developed generation of avionics for commercial geostationary communications satellites (SATCOM) achieves a significant reduction in cost while at the same time greater flexibility at system and operational level are reached.

Status date: 06 March 2017
RAMSES
Category: Support to Telecom Strategy, Future Preparations, Next generation of systems
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defense and Space (FR)
Subcontractors: Inmarsat Navigation Ventures Ltd, Space Engineering S.p.A
The RAMSES (Roadmap for Advanced Mobile SatellitE Systems) project has been defined in order to contribute to the definition of roadmaps of new solutions – new technologies, new products – for the successful deployment of Next Generation Mobile Satellite Systems in the 2025 timeframe.

Status date: 24 February 2017
GNSS in GTO
Category: ARTES 5.2 Technology
Prime Contractor: Airbus DS (Germany)
Subcontractors: -
The Airbus DS GmbH LION Navigator is a multi-GNSS-constellation multi-frequency receiver for spacecraft that is space qualified for operation in low Earth orbits and in-tended for geosynchronous Earth orbits. The goal of the activity is to enlarge the application area of the LION Navigator to launch and early operation phases on transfer up to and including the nominal operation in geosynchronous orbit.

Status date: 22 February 2017
NFG
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness, ARTES 5.2 Technology
Prime Contractor: RUAG Space AB
Subcontractors: Chalmers University of Technology
The project comprises investigation on how novel semiconductor technologies (GaN) can be used to meet demanding, future requirements on signal sources. The effort is divided in three consecutive technology steps. This first step include system definition, semiconductor technology trade-off and broadband VCO design including detailed PLL EM unit design. One PLL EM Unit has been built to show function and performance of the VCO.

Status date: 21 February 2017
BEHOP
Category: System/ Network/ Protocols, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Fraunhofer IIS
Subcontractors: WORK Microwave GmbH, Eutelsat S.A.
This project represents the basis for enabling satellite systems using beam hopping capabilities to support distributed coverage areas. The coordination between input data, modulator and beam switching payload will be addressed. Furthermore, a receiver capable of operating with bursty DVB-S2X super-framing format 4 waveforms will be designed and implemented.

Status date: 21 February 2017
Network Security on Multi-Spot Beam Broadband Networks for Multicast Based Interactive Systems
Category: ARTES 5.2 Technology
Prime Contractor: Magister Solutions Ltd
Subcontractors: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
In this project a secure multicast framework and architecture is defined on top of a multi-spot beam interactive satellite system, including the proposed application scenarios and use cases. A demonstrator is designed and developed to verify and demonstrate the defined secure multicast solution and proposed enhancements. Finally, implementation guidelines and standard evolution recommendation for the secure multicast satellite system are produced.

Status date: 20 February 2017
MTN-CCN2
Category: User terminals (Ground), Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Fraunhofer IIS
Subcontractors: Global VSAT Forum
In the main study "Characterization of the Mobile Tracking Needs // ESA AO/1-6669/10/NL/NR" a measurement database was designed, developed and published. The database provides statistics of motion dynamics for mobile satellite terminals. The database (with access to industry residing within ESA member states) supports the design and testing of Satellite Communications On-The-Move (SOTM) tracking systems. The activity included a data gathering campaign and the development and population of a database. In this Contract Change Notice (CCN) standard motion profiles are defined based on the full set of measurements (including new measurements). The motion profiles are included in the GVF-105 standard SOTM test recommendations and their usability and applicability were tested in a pilot test with a commercial SOTM terminal at the Fraunhofer IIS Facility for Over-the-air Research and Testing (FORTE).

Status date: 20 February 2017
HEVC_4K
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Fraunhofer Institut - Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI)
Subcontractors: Airbus Defence and Space, EBU - European Broadcast Union, RAI, Rohde & Schwarz
The project developed key technologies for UHD satellite broadcasting systems both for direct-to-home (DTH) services as well as for presenting live events in digital cinemas. It successfully developed and implemented a real-time encoder for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) supporting High Dynamic Range video.

Status date: 20 February 2017
KaLQ
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Prime Contractor: Kongsberg Norspace AS
Subcontractors: -
Through the Artes-34 R&D project “KaLQ” with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the two frequency converter units for conversion between Ka- and L-band frequencies. The up- and down-converter units are tailored for use on in a Ka-Band Terminal for Inter Satellite Links.

Status date: 17 February 2017
INSTINCT
Category: Satellite Integration in terrestrial system, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: EURESCOM
Subcontractors: Fraunhofer FOKUS, Technische Universität Berlin, Newtec, University College London (UCL)
This project investigates the feasibility of satellite networks integration with terrestrial clouds to dynamically and optimally offer services. It identifies suitable solutions in connection to key satellite capabilities, such as broadcasting/multicasting, large coverage areas, ability to reach remote areas, mobility support, service resilience and flexibility for extending capacity, as well as uniform QoS irrespective of distance to end user.

Status date: 31 January 2017
MARF
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: RUAG Space Austria GmbH
Subcontractors: -
High power telecom platforms require the deployment of large appendages like solar arrays, antennas or radiators. In many cases their deployment needs to be speed regulated in order to better control their dynamics but also to avoid excessive latching shocks. This activity has been performed to demonstrate the potential of Magneto Rheological fluids in order to provide tuneable speed regulator solutions. An Engineering Model of a self-standing speed regulator unit, based on Magneto Rheological fluid technology, has been produced and tested.

Status date: 30 January 2017
CHVPS
Category: Space Segment - Platform, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Belgium
Subcontractors: -
The increase of required thrust power will follows the increasing mass and power of future satellite. In the frame of future development, a big challenge consists to develop a high voltage power supply configurable to supply several kind of thrusters.

Status date: 30 January 2017
ACCORD
Category: User terminals (Ground), Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: M.B.I. S.r.l.
Subcontractors: Space Engineering S.p.A, Mavigex, Software Radio Systems Ltd
ACCORD specifies a complete platform capable of generating innovative terminals able to automatically reconfigure seamless switching between different air interfaces. This truly innovative approach is based on: Smart router, provides seamless vertical handover selecting the most appropriate network on Quality of Service-based policies; Common Interface, manages satellite and terrestrial air interfaces and their protocols using a fully Software-Defined Radio approach.

Status date: 30 January 2017
250WkaRC
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Electron Devices SAS
Subcontractors: -
Design, development and test of an engineering model of a wideband and highly efficient radiation-cooled 250 W Ka band space traveling-wave tube.

Status date: 26 January 2017
Q/V-Feed
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space Ltd
Subcontractors: -
The development of a slimline Q/V-band feed system EM suitable for gateway applications in telecoms GEO VHTS systems.

Status date: 24 January 2017
TxBx2
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Kongsberg Norspace AS
Subcontractors: -
Through the Artes-34 R&D project “Development of 2nd Generation Telemetry and Beacon Transmitter (“TxBx2”) with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has developed and successfully qualified two new beacon transmitters at C-band and Ku-band. After the completion of the test campaign, the Ku-band unit was rebuilt to a frequency agile Telemetry Transmitter. This EQM is also successfully qualified.

Status date: 24 January 2017
SKYWAN 5G
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: ND Satcom
Subcontractors: -
The new SKYWAN 5G is designed for the Next Generation of Satcom. It is THE ONE mesh VSAT network solution with multiple integrated DVB-S2 stars. All data is transmitted reliably in single-hop and time critical data is prioritized avoiding extra delays. The unique hardware design of SKYWAN 5G has already build in the highest flexibility, fits all topologies and enables growth of your network by stacking The ONE modem.

Status date: 24 January 2017
STANDARDS PREPARATION FOR SOTM TERMINALS
Category: Support to Standardisation and Special Interest Group, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: Fraunhofer IIS
Subcontractors: Global VSAT Forum
The activity “Standards Preparation For SOTM Terminals“ is a study to define a common way to specify and verify Satellite On The Move Terminals (SOTM). Currently SOTM terminals are not consistently specified, nor independently verified for a number of key performance criteria. Under these circumstances, it is difficult for service providers, satellite operators, and end users to clearly understand the capabilities of the product being offered without embarking on expensive and lengthy trials. For the SOTM market to continue to grow, obstacles preventing fast and fluid transactions need to be removed, and a clear understanding of product performance needs to be developed. This activity will help move the SOTM market away from the characteristics of a niche market and towards a more established, consumer and manufacturer friendly one.

Status date: 23 January 2017
Unicorn 2
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Alba Orbital Ltd.
Subcontractors: -
Designing, building and testing the most advanced and first commercially-viable picosatellite in conjunction with a PocketQube Orbital Deployer - the means with which to launch a large number of PocketQubes profitably.

Status date: 23 January 2017
ULRKA
Category:
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Italia
Subcontractors: -
Development of a lightweight, low-cost reflector for C, X, Ku and Ka-band applications.

Status date: 23 January 2017
Wideband Flexible Front-End Design for DTH Receivers
Category: User terminals (Ground), Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Audens ACT GmbH
Subcontractors: Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH
The activity is aimed at design and prototyping of a novel wideband flexible front-end, capable to appropriately down convert, digitise and process a single or multiple input IF carriers with a (aggregate) bandwidth of up to 500 MHz.

Status date: 20 January 2017
RSSTP
Category: Next generation of systems, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space Ltd
Subcontractors: Space Engineering S.p.A, Tesat Spacecom GmbH & Co KG
Telecom satellite transponder specifications relating to transmission performances which may be overly stringent, and which could be relaxed, thereby reducing satellite overall cost and schedule.

Status date: 19 January 2017
EASO
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: SES
Subcontractors: -
SPELL (Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library, https://sourceforge.net/projects/spell-sat/) is a free, open source software package developed by SES in cooperation with GMV. SPELL was conceived in order to automate the execution of satellite procedures. SPELL works on multiple satellite platforms and can be interfaced to multiple ground control systems. From 2011 to 2016, SES planned to launch 12 satellites. In the context of this SES' satellite fleet expansion, there was an inherent need to: • Increase the productivity of satellite controllers; and • Increase the level of standardization and safety in SES' satellite operations.

Status date: 18 January 2017
ESPRIT
Category: Next generation of systems, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space - France
Subcontractors: Thales Alenia Space Italia, Triagnosys, Honeywell, Thales Airborne Systems
During the next two decades, civil Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market is expected to ramp-up exponentially. While UAS integration in non-segregated airspace will start in 2015, regular flights are expected in 2025. ESPRIT aims at identifying and defining the best solution to provide satellite Command & Control communications to UAS when flying in non-segregated airspace.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Generic Flexible Payload Solution
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space - France
Subcontractors: -
Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation of payloads. The interest of two major European Telecommunication Operators for these solutions has motivated the present study in order to define the possible Generic Payload Solutions in line with the Operator views and with the objective of taking benefit of their guidelines for the down-selection of preferred payload scenarios.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Ultra-High Throughput Transmission Through Wideband Ka Transponder
Category:
Prime Contractor: Fraunhofer IIS
Subcontractors: WORK Microwave GmbH, Avanti Communications
The central focus of this project is to develop, integrate, verify and optimise enhanced transmission techniques through testing over wideband satellite transponders, which allow reaching over 1 Gbit/s single carrier per transponder transmission data rates.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Assessment of the socio-economic impact of the ARTES programme
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Prime Contractor: Technopolis Group
Subcontractors: University of Twente
Study to estimate the socio-economic impacts of ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme in the period 2001-2012. The study follows a mixed-methods approach, which combines qualitative and quantitative techniques to assess various routes to impact and also to arrive at a final estimate of overall economic impact. The study shows that ARTES has enabled major game-changing industrial developments in the past decade and that the economic impact attributable to ARTES is on the order of €19 billion, realised over the past decade. This represents a return of investment of 11 to 1.

Status date: 16 January 2017
European Roadmap for Digital OBP Based on Deep Sub-Micron Microelectronics
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Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Italia
Subcontractors: Thales Alenia Space - France, Thales Alenia Space España
Next generation of flexible payloads will continue to widen towards the on-board processing (OBP) architecture as core of their design. The increasing of the satellite capabilities in term of service and applications demand is pushing the exigency to improve the current way to think and design a SATCOM payload. At European level another mandatory exigency is motivated by the technological non-dependence and competitiveness as stated and stimulated by European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission (EC) in the frame of H2020. This is to guarantee not only the non-dependency from products coming from out-side Europe and its affiliate Countries, but also to improve the competitiveness and final product/solutions performances. First step to improve OBP technology towards a Next Generation (NG) is to implement new space components having rad hard characteristics and improved integration scale moving towards deep sub-micron microelectronics (DSM) technology at 65 nm end beyond. The Study has given an outlook on the new space missions and related market interest that are stimulating the DSM as driver for the NG-OBP development. The description starts from an outlook on the state-of-the-art of the OBP technology, watching the main technologies up to now assessed. A view is provided on the relationships between the main actors can be involved in the space DSM and that contribute in the implementation and improvement of this technology. The Study has been concluded providing a summary on the main key functional requirements derived by the provided technology assessment, useful for the future developments and contributing in convincing the satellite market to make the jump towards a new age of the satellite technology. Another item provided in the concluding part of the Study has been the definition of a cost/benefit analysis providing a consistent technology roadmap.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Compact and Scalable Ka band Switch Matrix
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: MEC - Microwave Electronics for Communications
Subcontractors: Thales Alenia Space Italia, Elital s.r.l.
Feasibility of an advanced highly integrated, low mass and cost efficient High Order Scalable Solid State Switch Matrix for use in future Ka-band multibeam payloads, aiming at reaching higher on board capacities, higher number of user beams and even higher number of RF equipment units.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Next Generation Tactical and Mobile Satcom Systems Study
Category: Support to Telecom Strategy, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: e2E Services Ltd.
Subcontractors: DKE Aerospace Germany GmbH, Sunwynd Limited
Tactical and mobile satellite has become an increasingly important means of communications for European defence forces. Systems have predominantly been based around the UHF TacSat system, which is quick and easy to use, making it popular with users as a means of providing reliable voice and low rate data communications. However, the limited UHF spectrum and system capacity has meant that users have been looking increasingly to commercial mobile satellite systems to fill the gaps in capability. The Next Generation Tactical and Mobile Satcom Systems Study aims to develop typical user scenarios; identify the capability gaps in current systems; and produce technical (and non-technical) solutions to address these gaps.

Status date: 16 January 2017
Converters and Local Oscillators for Flexible Payloads
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Italia
Subcontractors: RUAG Aerospace Sweden, Kongsberg Norspace AS
The target of the ESA contract. 21425/08 is to design and develop converter and local oscillators for flexible payloads. Thales Alenia Space Italia has designed, manufactured and tested the Engineering Model of the unit verifying the given requirements. As result of this study, Thales Alenia Space is able to propose Ku band Frequency Flexible Down Converters for Flexible Communication Payloads with less units having the same configuration and enhanced flexibility in frequency.

Status date: 12 January 2017
CETB Phase 2
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Honeywell UK
Subcontractors: -
The Communication Equipment Test Bed (CETB) phase 2 programme is an evolution of CETB phase-1 which ended in 2013. Phase 1 covered the development of: • TT&C (Telemetry, Telecommand and Control) transceiver • C-band downlink transmitter • High speed data recorder • CCSDS translation node Phase-2 has covered the evolution of the TT&C product to meet market requirements not previously addressed.

Status date: 11 January 2017
3D-MID4Space
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Art of Technology AG
Subcontractors: Hahn Schickard Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V
3D-MID Technology enables the integration of mechanical, electronic, optical and thermal functions into single parts via selective metallisation offering a high geometric design freedom. This enables the miniaturisation of electronic devices and allows three-dimensional designs to be realised with offer significant reductions in space and weight compared to conventional electronic manufacturing methods.

Status date: 11 January 2017
Advanced Mobility management Protocols (AMP)
Category: System/ Network/ Protocols, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Frequentis
Subcontractors: -
In future high-capacity multi-beam GEO satellite networks, mobile terminals are subject to relatively frequent beam and gateway handovers with a significant rate of inter-system handovers to be handled by sophisticated IPv6-mobility management solutions. The verification of satcom scenarios on a test bed tailored for heterogeneous mobile networks alongside with the analysis of respective economic impacts are on focus of this activity.

Status date: 10 January 2017
Eurostar 3000 AOCS Mk2 Evolutions
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: AIRBUS Defence and Space (France)
Subcontractors: -
Ultimate Eurostar 3000 (E3000) AOCS evolutions for low-thrust transfer and electric station keeping, implemented on full electric telecom satellites: • Accommodation of new gyroscopes and new wheels, • Development and qualification of: o Star tracker-based AOCS for operational and recovery modes, o Management of low-thrust transfer (Electric Orbit Raising = EOR) o Commanding of the robotic arm supporting the electric thrusters in EOR and on-station configuration o Autonomy management with hierarchical Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery (FDIR), commandability and observability optimization adapted to electric transfer.

Status date: 09 January 2017
GaAs Evo1 Solar Arrays Product Family for Spacebus™ 4000C
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space - France
Subcontractors: -
GaAs Triple Junction 30% BOL Solar Array Off-the-Shelf Family for Spacebus Development

Status date: 09 January 2017
CAN bus implementation on E3000
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: AIRBUS Defence and Space (France)
Subcontractors: -
A robust, efficient and flexible communication data bus compatible with a next generation of more versatile and powerful Telecom payloads.

Status date: 19 December 2016
OMCU
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space - France
Subcontractors: DAS Photonics, iXBlue-Photline, Vectrawave
Status date: 19 December 2016
Artes 5-2 Low Cost L-Band SSPA
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Airbus Defence & Space Ltd
Subcontractors: -
A GaN SSPA was developed with the aim of reducing complexity and cost, with increased power (from 15W to 30W), and thus halving the number of operational SSPAs and simplifying payload architecture. The overall SSPA test approach has also been improved with a significant increase in throughput during production realised through streamlining of test stages and optimisation of test algorithms.

Status date: 19 December 2016
RaDIGo
Category: Space Segment - Payload, Core Competitiveness, Advanced Technology
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space Italia
Subcontractors: Università di Bologna, WISER SRL, Consorzio ULISSE
The RF2D-D2RF project (direct Digital to RF and vice-versa), basing on the data converters manufactured by E2V within the ESA deep submicron technology activity, has concretely removed analog frequency conversions directly processing L band signals in digital. The performances of the RF digitization/generation hardware demonstrator have been analytically modelled and measured for a triple RF2D and D2RF beamforming-ready chain.

Status date: 19 December 2016
300W Ku-Band Single FPM
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Tesat Spacecom GmbH & Co KG
Subcontractors: -
To improve the flexibility of the individual satellite, TESAT has developed the new product line of Flexible Programmable Microwave Power Modules (FPMs). The subject of this program lies on the development of a EPC/LCAMP assembly for higher power class FPM in the currently most frequently employed frequency band for telecommunication payloads, a 300W Ku-Band Single FPM. Additionally a qualification campaign is to be conducted using an EQM EPC/LCAMP assembly with a representative 300W TWT.

Status date: 16 December 2016
K/Ka-Band CP OMT for Complete Band Suitable for Multibeam Applications
Category: Competitiveness & Growth, Core Competitiveness
Prime Contractor: Radiación Y Microondas S.A.U
Subcontractors: -
The aim of the activity was to qualify an EQM for a Circular OMT for complete K/Ka-Band (TX: 17.7-20.2GHz & RX: 27.0 – 30.0 GHz) suitable for multibeam applications.

Status date: 09 December 2016
PACO_ Payload competitiveness improvement plan for the payload core markets
Category: Next generation of systems, Future Preparations
Prime Contractor: Thales Alenia Space - France
Subcontractors: -
The aim of the study is to define an ambitious roadmap for payloads in the C/Ku-band core market in order to achieve a significant competitiveness improvement.

Status date: 09 December 2016

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