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Below is a list of all running or recently completed projects. Find out about projects funded by ESA through contracts awarded to previous ITTs.

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  • APRIOM

    Status date: Mar

    This technology phase study aims to design, develop, manufacture and test an Advanced sliP Ring for hIgh vOltage Mechanism (APRIOM). This new generation of slip ring will be able to operate at voltages up to 400V, without electrical breakdown, allowing a considerable power gain and efficiency for the next generation of High Power spacecraft.

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  • Compact Ka

    Status date: Feb

    Development of a modular and flexible solution in Ka Band providing low noise amplification and down conversion by slices that allow multiple configurations.

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  • ELSA+ Enhanced active Rx antenna system

    Status date: Jan

    Based on the heritage of ELSA antenna developed under the frame of ESA AG1 program, an enhanced system “ELSA+” has been developed, evolving from single to dual polarization, increased band from 250 MHz to 2050 MHz, together with inclusion of emitter Geolocation and Beam Hopping. The activity includes the design and qualification of the subassemblies and the RF and Thermomechanical analysis.

  • High Power 1064nm Optical Amplifier

    Status date: Jan

    MPB communications Inc. has developed a high power (6W) polarization maintaining Ytterbium (1064 nm) optical amplifier to be used as booster for satellite communications. An engineering model was built and tested in a relevant environment. The redundant design is based on three stages of optical amplification with photodiodes at each stage.

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  • KALOS - DEVAQ

    Status date: Jan

    Development of a range of new high performance products for High Throughput Satellites (HTS) operating in K, Ka, Q and V bands and validation in a repeater subsystem demonstrator

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  • Security Operations Services for Space (SECOPS)

    Status date: Jan

    The mission of the SECOPS definition study is to identify the set of security requirements and controls enabling protected delivery of configurable satellite communications services to meet government requirements for the new class of GOVSATCOM satellites and secure commercial communications, with a particular focus on the ‘Pooling and Sharing’ use case.

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  • DPP

    Status date: Jan

    There is a growing interest in flexibility, suggesting that the telecom satellite with digital payload processors, will be an increasing market in the coming years. The digital payload processors need several technologies that are not readily available. The digital parts envisaged are power consuming with high currents at low voltages. This project focuses on the design of these power converters including adequate cooling of the parts.

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  • SSDR

    Status date: Jan

    The development of a new Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform designed for the implementation of high-end satellite communication applications. This is a new modular platform, with a carrier board mounted in a 19” rack mechanical enclosure and the capability of plugging powerful FPGA SoC modules, radio front-end modules, and high-speed DACs and ADCs into FMC+ connectors.

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  • Honeywell Aspire 400 Inmarsat Satcom System

    Status date: Jan

    The Aspire 400 satellite communication system provides safety voice and data services for the aircraft cockpit and in-flight, non-safety services for the aircraft cabin for business aviation, airlines and helicopters - anywhere in the world. Leveraging Inmarsat's satellite system, Aspire 400 brings greater connectivity, reliability, cost savings and efficiency, globally.

  • C-Band LC-SSPA

    Status date: Jan

    The RF product policy from Thales Alenia Space is built according to the expansion of the GaN power amplifier based on a vertical housing approach. In this frame, Thales Alenia Space proposed a study to develop and to qualify a C-band LC-SSPA using European GaN technology.

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  • Array Antenna Generating Multiple Fixed Wide Beams for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Applications

    Status date: Jan

    A waveguide-based transmit (Tx) direct radiating array (DRA) operating in the Ku-band that is suitable for low earth orbit (LEO) applications is designed, manufactured, and RF tested. The designed passive aperture is fabricated monolithically by using selective layer melting (SLM) additive manufacturing (AM) technology and shows very good agreement with simulations.

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  • KaHYB

    Status date: Dec

    Four different frequency converter hybrids have been developed in the program. These converter hybrids can be used in payload equipment or in inter-satellite link applications.

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  • OneSat DPS

    Status date: Dec

    The Deployable and Pointing System (DPS) is a major feature of the OneSat innovative, fully reconfigurable, software defined, and standardized satellite for commercial telecommunication missions in geostationary orbit. As per the previous Eurostar series, it allows to maximize the efficiency of the propulsion system with very significant mass saving with respect to classical chemical propulsion systems.

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  • uRTU

    Status date: Dec

    The Micro Remote Terminal Unit (μRTU) provides interfaces for telemetry acquisition, telecommand execution and power to peripheral units on board a satellite. These interfaces are implemented in a modular way that allows the prime of the satellite to change the number and configuration of interfaces according to mission specific needs without the need to change hardware.

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  • SatLink Beyond 2020

    Status date: Nov

    The project renews modem portfolio and enhances SatLink VSAT Network capabilities related to mobility, security, and bandwidth efficiency including upgrade of forward link to S2X with increased throughput.

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  • Carnot-Sat 5G

    Status date: Nov

    The Carnot-Sat project aims to develop and validate a toolset which can be used in the planning and deployment of heterogeneous terrestrial/satellite networks, including optimisation, interoperability and network orchestration. It allows the quantitative design and evaluation of such networks and open up the market for satellites in 5G by focussing on the benefits to the terrestrial network operators.

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  • Narrowband IoT for SmallSat Networks

    Status date: Nov

    The overall goal is for GateHouse to provide a fully commercial quality 3GPP 5G compliant NB-IoT NTN SW solution including the payload - and UE parts (available for chipset manufactures and for dedicated HW).

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  • multiMIND on EIVE

    Status date: Nov

    Smaller and smarter – this is the trend for mini- and nanosatellites. Upcoming missions - such as IOT, SATCOM, spectrum monitoring, AIS, ADS-B and EO - show an increasing demand of power-efficient on-board processing capabilities. This activity leverages on latest-generation COTS processing technology integrated in a robust, cost-efficient and flexible space product to boost your system performance.

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  • GNNete

    Status date: Nov

    One of the major obstacles that the NewSpace market is faced with, is the incompatible costs associated with the operations of the spacecraft and the management of the data through the ground network offerings. Moreover, the limited frequency spectrum, has a damping effect to the growth of this market, as it severely limits the number of spacecraft that is possible to share this spectrum and get the necessary ITU frequency allocation within timescales compatible with the aggressive schedules of this market. Project GNNetE aims to address those problems directly.

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  • CASTeC

    Status date: Oct

    The project aims at reaching validation of CASTeC, a tool for advanced telemetry checking for satellites constellations, in an operational scenario (TRL 8). CASTeC provides early identification of anomalies in the behaviour of satellites relative to a contextualised standard, enabling fault isolation and mitigation strategies definition. It may also support the identification of critical operative conditions affecting service performance.

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  • C-Band Deployable Antenna for Microsats

    Status date: Oct

    This project is a pathfinder mission in order for Oxford Space Systems to develop and fly the technological building blocks required for future unfurlable antennas. It is supported under ARTES Competitiveness & Growth – Demonstration Phase (Atlas). The objective of the project is to design, manufacture and test in orbit a 3.5m diameter C-band high gain reflector antenna flight unit for an Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission.

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  • Development of a Low-Profile End-User Terminal for Ka-Band Mobility Applications

    Status date: Oct

    To design, develop, validate and deliver a production-ready, multi-beam, low-profile, Ka band satellite ground terminal suitable for Land or Maritime mobility applications on GEO, MEO and/or LEO networks

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  • AUTSS

    Status date: Oct

    Artificially intelligent satellites and communication systems, once solely the province of science fiction, are now a reality. Recent advances have equipped the latest generation of space platforms with new levels of autonomy, awareness and resilience. CGI have partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) and industry to develop the Autonomous Satellite Solutions (AUTSS) platform, an artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) accelerator for the Satcoms industry. CGI has created AUTSS to address the unique engineering challenges of Space. AUTSS combines CGI’s 50 years of experience in the European and North American Space industry with: optimised hardware; Machine-Learning-as-a-Service (MLaaS); and bespoke AI tooling. The platform offers substantial reductions in the cost, time and risk required to explore how AI can improve your business.

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  • FDISmallGEO

    Status date: Oct

    FDISmallGEO activities are to support further development and industrialization of the generic platform of the OHB SmallGEO Product Line in order to sustain the competitiveness of this platform.

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  • EuroSMG

    Status date: Oct

    The EuroSMG project consists of the design, manufacture, testing and qualification of an ITAR-free European Stepper Motor Gearbox (SMG). The EuroSMG contains no off-the-shelf sub-assemblies and is a full concept to qualification programme. The EuroSMG is designed to meet the requirements of a Solar Array Drive Mechanism (SADM) for the GEO Telecom Satellite market.

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  • LightBar

    Status date: Oct

    Project LightBar develops a communications-enabled lightbar that provides seamless hybrid communications for extended coverage, data reach and performance capability for emergency services and civil markets such as construction and utilities. The enhanced lightbar design is lightweight, low cost, low profile, small form factor and modular with a flexible design that provides: hybrid connectivity, satellite and cellular bonding, and resilient positioning.

  • EPJT

    Status date: Oct

    The EPJT project develops modular technologies for cost efficient space propulsion mechanism. Key-elements are a light and robust geared actuator, high-load carrying ball joints, a modular harness routing system across the mechanism.

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  • OPEPOR

    Status date: Sep

    The technology and the fast growing number of spacecraft using Electric Propulsion got ahead the nowadays Flight Dynamics Systems, - slowly, yet surely - making them outdated. As a result, there is a need of a new Flight Dynamics System capable of computing faster and more accurately the curled trajectories described by the Electric Propelled Spacecraft.

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  • RW6000 Reaction Wheel

    Status date: Sep

    Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH intendeds to enter new markets with its new state-of-the-art High Momentum Wheel RW6000. The smart reaction wheel provides a 100 Nms momentum capacity and an output torque of 0.2 Nm. Furthermore, it offers a digital interface with an embedded closed loop controller for higher accuracy and torque stability.

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  • LCT Enhancement

    Status date: Sep

    In this program, two replacement subunits of the LCT were developed and qualified. The units are the Fame Unit Structure (FUS) and the Telescope Unit (TLU). These units replace previous units and have to comply with the existing LCT design. This development took into account experience gained from the previous designs and handling to achieve a robust design and decrease overall cost of LCT while maintaining the known performance requirements. TLU and FUS have significant influence on the LCT mechanical design. Therefore, a LCT mechanical demonstrator (LMD) was built to qualify the required mechanical loads.

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  • 150W C-Band Industrialisation Phase of Radiation and Conduction Cooled TWTs

    Status date: Sep

    Qualification of 150W C-Band RC and CC Traveling Wave Tubes

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  • Technology Development for Q-Band Linearizers

    Status date: Sep

    Since satellite operators aim for more bandwidth to increase data throughput and capacity new system and payload concepts are required, leading also to the demand for new equipment. One promising option to increase capacity for HTS systems is moving the feeder link from Ka-band to Q/V-band. The focus of this activity targets the development of Q-band linearisers.

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  • TDTM

    Status date: Sep

    Development of a 3 axis arm supporting GIE thruster.

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  • Mx-SAT

    Status date: Sep

    Mx-SAT is a C&G Technology project that covers research tracks on efficiency and scalability improvements for the Newtec Dialog® system containing the platform and terminals. The Newtec Dialog® platform is a multiservice satellite communications platform that allows satellite service providers to build and adapt their network easily as their business grows.

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  • THALES ALENIA SPACE avionics development on new ARM-based Systems on Chip

    Status date: Sep

    This technology phase study aims to develop the Thales Alenia Space generic and highly competitive avionics product for future satellite platforms. It includes OBC-core unit with the rad-hard technologies NG-ULTRA that embeds a R52 quad-core ARM-based MPSoC and the largest space FPGA. The OBC-core constitutes, together with the modular Avionics Centralized Electronics and High Power Unit, the backbone of Thales Alenia Space future avionics.

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  • NGSA / ENEO Solar Array Technology Development (low level TRL)

    Status date: Aug

    The Airbus Next Generation Solar Array (NGSA) is based on a hybrid solar array concept which combines rigid backbone panels with lightweight semi-rigid lateral panels. This ARTES 5.2 project covers the low TRL development activities for the main components of the new Solar Array layout, such as mechanical components to accommodate and release the semi-rigid substrates, semi-rigid PVA design, system level design and analyses as well as the design and engineering testing of the panel stack.

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  • CSCE

    Status date: Aug

    The mission of RHEA Cyber Security Centre of Excellence is to develop supporting technologies enabling agile and effective cyber-security services, including education and training, operations, research, experimentation, test & evaluation, supporting the needs of the European space community as well as the wider aerospace, humanitarian, critical infrastructure, and defence & security communities.

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  • Flexible Compact Array Stack Rotation And Release Mechanism

    Status date: Aug

    The Flexible Compact Array (“FCA”) is a new type of solar array that is currently being developed. It has an unprecedented performance in terms of stowed volume, mass in the high power spectrum (10 kW - 35 kW). To enable reliable deployment of the blanket, two types of mechanisms are developed and verified. A wing demonstrator is realised to enable full functional testing of these mechanisms.

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  • FSHA

    Status date: Aug

    Thales Alenia Space is a major player in the LEO, MEO, HEO GEO, L2 or interplanetary satellite industry and has therefore a large background in systems and subsystems definition. In particular, Thales Alenia Space is developing a new product line of geostationary telecommunication satellites, Spacebus NEO, more and more powerful where harness accommodation is already challenging. The study of a new harness architecture based on a large flexible printed circuit board, associated connectors, intelligent connectors integrating multiplexing and demultiplexing functions will ease the harness accommodation for telecommunications payloads.

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  • BBK XEO

    Status date: Aug

    The project consists in advanced activities paving the way to NewSpace equipment, intended to cover the platform needs in terms of electronics. The key success factors are a drastic reduction of recurrent price and mass of the equipment based on three pillars : integration & standardization, low cost components and innovative technologies.

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  • Cygni

    Status date: Aug

    The satellite broadcast market is under pressure. OTT is taking market share from DTH. Density and ease of use is more and more a requirement. However, there are opportunities for innovative products that support the high-level quality standards of the satellite broadcast market as well as the upcoming OTT market.

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  • Telco EGSE (Power & TMTC SCOE)

    Status date: Jul

    Telco EGSE TMTC SCOE: Cost effective COTS HW elements and highly customizable SW layer for implementation of baseband TM/TC interfaces and related functions. Telco EGSE Power SCOE: Implementation in UniverSAS® (existing product) of some specific enhancements identified for Power SCOEs tailored for Telecom Satellites. UniverSAS® product was already successfully validated in over 50 Power and Launch SCOE systems.

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  • R3 Artes

    Status date: Jun

    R3 IoT are an end to end sensor-to-cloud solutions company differentiated by its satellite-enabled smart gateway. With 90% of the planet not serviced by communications infrastructure the system allows companies with remote operations to gain insight and improve operations. This project is developing the next generation of R3 technology, integrating new strategic technologies, improving the value-adding capabilities of our demonstrated service, and preparing for large-scale deployments around the world.

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  • Hi-Sat - Ku-Band Antennas for Mobile In-Vehicle Entertainment

    Status date: Jun

    This project is aimed at the development of low-profile and low-cost hybrid mechanical-electronic steerable antenna concepts that will allow reception of the signal transmitted by Ku-band geostationary satellites to cars and other vehicles.

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  • L-XTA – Large Xenon Tank Assembly

    Status date: May

    The “Large Xenon Tank Assembly” (L-XTA) is high-performance, cost-competitive COPV for storage of Xenon for hybrid or full-electric satellite propulsion systems. To cover the volume range of 300-900 l, two dedicated “tank families” were established, each with a common diameter. Tank qualification is currently in progress and introduction to the first satellite applications is in 2019, beginning with the Electra and Neosat missions.

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  • Internet of Things Technology Demonstration

    Status date: May

    Lacuna Space Ltd provides a simple and reliable global connection service that links physical devices, such as temperature sensors and location trackers, to the internet. It uses low-orbit satellites which connect the devices to its network, enabling monitoring even in the most remote areas.

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  • HPDP-LCA

    Status date: May

    The project concerns the development of an L-band High-Power Dual-Polarization Feed Chain, mainly intended for future Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) satellite antennas. Radiating element and diplexers are integrated in the feed chain to allow simultaneous operation in receive and transmit mode. Envelope and mass shall be minimized to allow cluster arrangement in large, multiple beam, array fed reflector antenna architectures.

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  • Digital IF

    Status date: Mar

    Digital IF provides analogue to digital conversion (downlink) and digital to analogue Conversion (uplink) of the IF signals in satellite ground stations. This allows signal transport over the standard GbE network and therefore the physical decoupling of the antenna sites from data processing sites.

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  • UAS-APE

    Status date: Mar

    QuadSAT’s project offers the satcom industry a dynamic new way to test antennas, by utilizing advanced drone and radio frequency technology. The system is an effective tool to help adhere to emerging SOMAP regulations, and provides a faster, cheaper, and easier alternative to traditional testing facilities.

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  • Xtend 5G

    Status date: Mar

    Cloud transformation of Forsway’s hybrid satellite/terrestrial Xtend Hub for quicker deployments, closer integration with 5G/NFV networks, and higher innovation speed. The project is the first step towards creating a highly optimized system for connecting vehicles with a combination of satellite and terrestrial technologies.

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