As far as the frame contract is concerned, four tasks are considered:
Task 2.1: Vision and Systems. This study will horizon scan technology, systems and services developments in communications in general and in satellite communications in particular. The aim is to apply the results of this to the determination of the role of satellites in communication systems out to 2030. This will then be used as a foundation upon which to develop a high level research roadmap for the key technologies that will be needed to meet the vision. Finally system architectures in which satellite and terrestrial system integrate to meet future service demands will be developed. The visions and research roadmaping will flow into the COO activities as background material.
Task 2.2: Physical and Access Layers. It aims at reporting on terrestrial trends and possible reuse of emerging terrestrial wireless Physical and Access Layers standards and solutions in satellite networks. Besides, it will Identify new research areas and preliminary assessment of their suitability to satellite scenarios. Finally, attention will be also paid to physical and access layers standardisation areas of interest for satcoms.
Task 2.3: Networking and Protocols. The main objectives to be achieved in this task concern the networking framework in terms of investigation and definition of the protocols needed to enable the interoperability between satellite and terrestrial technologies. To this end, the attention will be specifically dedicated to broadband and mobile satellite networks, by taking as reference the scenarios and the relevant communication architectures derived in Task 2.1. In more detail, the focus will be on aspects related to multicast and mobility management, quality of service in heterogeneous networks and security protocols. Finally, as special outcome of the activity, identification of work items in standardization bodies that would require the contribution of the satellite community will be done, with special attention to activities performed within ETSI BSM, ETSI MSS, IETF, IRTF, 3GPP/3GPP2.
Task 2.4: Dissemination and Training Activities. This task is mainly devoted to the dissemination and training activities that could be fostered by research activities and inputs coming from Tasks 2.1-2.3. In particular publications, exchange of personnel and organisation of research events, like the ASMS/IWSSC conference, will be pursued.
As far as the COO programme, each year new themes are investigated.
In the first year (COO 1) the selected topics of investigation are:
Task 1: System Techniques to Support Terabit/s Satellite Networks
In this task, the team investigates a number of critical technical system aspects related to the development of a Terabit/s satellite system.
Task 2: Hybrid Space-Ground Processing
In this task the team investigates the potential applicability of hybrid space ground processing techniques with signal digitalisation on-board the satellite.
Task 3: Applicability of Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networks to Space Systems
In this task the team investigates the applicability of new DTN protocols to satellite communication systems.
In the second year (COO 2) the selected topics of investigation are:
Task 1: Advanced Interference Mitigation Techniques.
Task 2: The Role of Satellites in Future Sensor Networks.
Task 3: Adaptive Modulation and Coding for Satellites.
In the third year (COO 3) the selected topics of investigation are:
Task 1: High Capacity Multibeam Satellite Networks.
Task 2: Satellite Links for Earth Observation.
Task 3: Future Web Technologies and Protocols.