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  • Artes 5-2 Low Cost L-Band SSPA

    Status date: 19 December 2016

    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.

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  • CAN bus implementation on E3000

    Status date: 19 December 2016

    A robust, efficient and flexible communication data bus compatible with a next generation of more versatile and powerful Telecom payloads.

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  • 300W Ku-Band Single FPM

    Status date: 16 December 2016

    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.

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  • K/Ka-Band CP OMT for Complete Band Suitable for Multibeam Applications

    Status date: 09 December 2016

    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.

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  • SATURN - Smart mAritime saTellite terminal for mUltimedia seRvices and conteNts

    Status date: 07 December 2016

    The SATURN project is oriented to the development of “on-board” technologies required to enable maritime versatile applications to be built on future S-band based service platforms.

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  • HeHPV (Helium High-Pressure Vessel)

    Status date: 22 November 2016

    The HeHPV – short for “Helium High-Pressure Vessel” – is an innovative, light-weight, cost-competitive composite-overwrapped tank for storage of helium pressurant gas for satellite propulsion systems. Based on a common diameter, a tank family range of 50-75 l has been qualified for current and future satellite demands.

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  • ELSA+ Enhanced active Rx antenna system

    Status date: 17 November 2016

    Based on the heritage of ELSA antenna developed under the frame of ESA AG1 program, an enhanced system “ELSA+” has been developed for enhanced performances, evolving from single to dual polarization, increased band from 250 MHz to 2050 MHz, together with inclusion of interfering emitter Geolocation and Beam Hopping. The activity includes the development and prototyping of the subassemblies considered critical, and the system level analysis based on the developed units, accommodation and performances.

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  • Optical Data Link between ARTEMIS and the OGS on Tenerife

    Status date: 17 November 2016

    Experiments of optical multi aperture up-links between OGS and ARTEMIS satellite executed in the past did not show the expected effects due to TX diversity.

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  • CM Standard Evolution 1

    Status date: 10 November 2016

    The CM Std Evo 1 project aims to improve the flexibility of the SPACEBUSTM 4000C Communication Module (CM) concerning the accommodation and the evolution of the payload and consequently to reduce the duration of the accommodation phase at the beginning of the project.

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  • High Performance C-/Ka-Band Coaxial Circulators

    Status date: 03 November 2016

    The input multiplexer and the low power circulators are crucial components in a satellite communication payload. In modern multimedia satellites the complexity of the payload is increased by adding more and more signal processing features to the simple amplification, and the role of the input multiplexer therefore becomes even more pronounced. The project focuses on C- and Ka-band circulators and isolators.

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  • Ku-Band TT&C Transponder

    Status date: 02 November 2016

    Tesat has developed a demonstrator model of a Ku-Band TTC transponder within a DLR funded project. Through this demonstrator the principal functions and performance of the equipment has been verified. However, for customer acceptance with respect to future flight applications it is essential to demonstrate the maturity by an engineering qualification model (EQM). Within this Artes 3-4 activity the demonstrator model has been redesigned to incorporate several improvements and to include the latest customer requirements, concerning especially increased frequency agility. An EQM was manufactured and submitted to a qualification test campaign.

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  • Development of an EQM for a Ka-Band Preselect Filter

    Status date: 28 October 2016

    The aim of this activity is to develop an EQM model for a Ka Band Preselected filter with a compact design and low insertion losses for comsat's payloads and also to be placed after the antennas. This filter is used in the payload to filter the up-link corresponding to the commercial band defined within Ka Band. This component is placed between the reception antennas and the input of the IMUXES.

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  • Rx2

    Status date: 18 October 2016

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “2nd Generation Command Receiver” (“Rx2”) with ESA, Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the frequency agile Command Receiver. The EQM was qualified both as a Ku-band and a C-band Command Receiver in two different test campaigns. In addition the program has also prepared the receiver for Ka-band operation.

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  • KuBB

    Status date: 14 October 2016

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “Ku Baseband Converters for Digital Transparent Processors” (“KuBB”) with ESA, Norspace has developed and successfully qualified the two frequency converter units for conversion between Ku and Baseband frequencies. The up- and down-converter units are tailored for use on advanced High Throughput Satellites using digital transparent processors.

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  • UmiB Slice 3

    Status date: 27 September 2016

    The project consists in developing new and denser products offering a broader range of modulation standards for the broadcast market. DVB-S2X capable, multi-stream, multi-carrier modems, modulators and demodulators provide innovative solutions for any broadcast related satellite link.

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  • OtIS

    Status date: 27 September 2016

    This project comprised the development of an Optical to IF Switch, based on the Romeo and Juliet chipset, which acts as the optical receiver for a DVB-S optical distribution system, providing outputs connecting to 16 STBs The unique features of this unit is that it allows additional units to be connected enabling more than one orbital slot to be received.

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  • Pleiades

    Status date: 12 September 2016

    The Pleiades project is based on 2 satellite communications modem physical layer development tracks, bringing new IP connectivity solutions to the corresponding 2 market segments: A consumer oriented market on one side (addressed by Newtec’s Sat3Play™ solution, deployed in star VSAT networks). High end professional markets on the other side (addressed by Newtec’s Elevation™ products, deployed in point to point networks).

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  • Software Tool for Combined Optimization of Reflector and Feed Systems

    Status date: 12 September 2016

    The product developed in this activity supplements the industry’s preferred reflector modelling tool, GRASP, by adding fast modelling of feed chains as well as optimization capabilities. The new add-on product to GRASP will offer a unique single-tool solution for an end-to-end RF design of space born reflector antennas and reflector-based user terminals.

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  • Space-SCE : SINGLE CHANNEL EMULATOR

    Status date: 09 September 2016

    The Space Single Channel Emulator (Space-SCE) is a test bed designed to digitally emulate simultaneously the behavior of one forward and one return channels of a satellite Payload, i.e. all the RF phenomena arising between one gateway, and up to 300 terminals receiving communications through one transponder.

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  • SPACEBUS G3 SLIPRING AND SENSORS

    Status date: 08 September 2016

    The SPACEBUS G3 activities group two products: A Slip Ring Collector (SRC) and an Absolute Angular Sensor (AAS). The aim of this activity was to perform the manufacturing, integration, assembly and qualification of one G3 Slip Ring and one G3 AAS. These activities are the follow up phase of an ARTES 5.2 project, which consisted in the design of G3 SRC and AAS.

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  • SYPRUS

    Status date: 31 August 2016

    The development provides a cost efficient on-board processor solution for applications using either RF signals or data collection services. Low bandwidth missions, such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communication have been targeted, as well as more general applications such as spectrum survey, geo-location and general data collection services.

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  • SatcomWeather

    Status date: 31 August 2016

    VSATs link quality is very dependent on the tropospheric situation along the fixed slant path between the terminal and the satellite. The SatcomWeather project seeks for support of VSAT operators in optimizing networks and data throughput over time by classifying stations with optimization potential, optimize thresholds for installations, and derive weather data from the VSAT-measurements.

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  • Selectable Sub-Reflector Antenna

    Status date: 24 August 2016

    The objective of this ARTES3-4 project is to design, manufacture and qualify an Engineering Qualification Model of a Selectable Sub-Reflector Antenna. This new Rx/Tx antenna product aims to cope with coverage flexiblity needs in Ku band. This antenna is steerable and able to generate 1 shaped or pencil beam among 4 possible. The antenna is in dual optics Gregorian configuration, it is composed of 4 shaped sub-reflectors. The desired sub-reflector is positioned in front of the feed thanks to a rotary actuator.

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  • Ka-METROCAL

    Status date: 08 August 2016

    Ka-METROCAL aims to demonstrate the feasibility and use of a novel automated RF path calibration system for gateway stations of broadband satellite networks operating in Ka-band spectrum. Ka-METROCAL outperforms traditional approaches by applying proven calibration concepts that rely on the use of a broadband white noise source to characterize a receiver chain gain or attenuation.

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  • ESTARR

    Status date: 08 August 2016

    Overview of the opportunity and the commercial strategy The opportunity exists for the development and subsequent implementation of a reliable, L-Band satellite communications antenna within the wing of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for use in missions in which the RPA operates Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) in a remote area with little, or no, reliable telecommunications infrastructure. Currently available satellite communications antennas, suitable for operating on mobile platforms, for use with the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, come in two varieties: • a mechanically steered helical antenna is typically found in a satcom terminal that is mounted on a moving ground vehicle. The drawback of this antenna is the lack of reliability of the mechanically steered antenna for regular use in an RPA operating BLOS. • A blade (shark fin) type omnidirectional antenna, is as in the Cobham SB-200 terminal shown in the above photograph. We have tested this satcoms terminal on our Inview RPA. The drawback of this satcoms terminal is (1) the price and (2) the omnidirectional antenna spraying the other antennas on the RPA with electromagnetic signals, creating interference. The commercial opportunities for the use of a reliable RPA in civilian BLOS applications are: • oil, gas and mineral exploration activities, requiring geophysical surveys in remote locations. • Oil pipeline and related infrastructure monitoring. • Land and maritime border patrol. • Small cargo transportation from hub to hub. • Radio relay node to interface satcoms capability with inexpensive radio transceivers (such as the PMR 446 transceiver) used by ground personnel. The commercial strategy to exploit this work is as follows: • BML will provide the L-Band ESTARR antenna as an OEM unit for other RPA developers to incorporate within their RPA. • BML will provide a vertically integrated (data gathering to and including data analytics), managed service, in which the Inview RPA fitted with a reliable ESTARR antenna is used in civilian BLOS applications. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR antenna to relay data between the RPA and the Remote Pilot Station when the RPA is within Radio Line of Sight. • BML will use the 5.8 GHz ESTARR electronically steerable antenna technology as a basis for the future development of a satcom antenna operating from 5.030 GHz to 5.091 GHz.

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  • ViaDrone

    Status date: 08 August 2016

    The ViaDrone activity develops and demonstrates a RPAS communication interface to fly remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in non-segregated airspace complying with current air traffic management (ATM) requirements. By developing air and ground communication systems to allow RPA missions in non-segregated airspace commercial applications for drones are enabled. The activity includes the development of a communication management and a remote pilot system using SatCom, radio and GNSS.

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  • Frequency Hopped Spread Spectrum waveform implementation.

    Status date: 08 August 2016

    The development and implementation of a secure, interference resilient satcom waveform for commercial and government markets.

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  • ASTROgyro

    Status date: 04 August 2016

    Unfolding the synergies of star trackers and gyroscopes, ASTROgyro™ establishes a reliable and performant attitude determination system by combining Jena-Optronik’s successful ASTRO star tracker series, as source of absolute and drift-free attitude information based on star pattern recognition, with the broad dynamic range and low noise rate spectrum of inertial sensing technology.

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  • Tracking System for antennas with boom

    Status date: 20 July 2016

    Telecom satellite missions with multibeam coverage up to Ka-band embark large aperture antennas with increased focal length and/or large reflector clearance. An Antenna Deployment and Pointing System (A-DPS) is required to accommodate such antennas on Eurostar 3000. The study objective is to assess the reflector assembly impacts on satellite pointing performances, and define the required Antenna Tracking System (ATS) product evolutions to meet the mission pointing requirements.

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  • Digital Controller for Power Management

    Status date: 03 June 2016

    The DPC ASIC is a mixed-signal microelectronics building block with primary use in the satellite avionics and power control domains. It includes control and regulation functions needed in different types of on-board units such as power control and distribution units. By using this innovative mixed-signal ASIC, significant reduction of the recurring cost of several types of electronics units can be realised.

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  • SatGuard

    Status date: 23 May 2016

    SatGuard is a novel monitoring solution for combating and managing interference from VSAT terminals

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  • SA Building Blocks

    Status date: 19 April 2016

    GaAs Solar Array building block development for Telecommunication Geostationary Satellite Applications

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  • Low rate VSAT SCADA Network Development

    Status date: 12 April 2016

    The Low Rate VSAT SCADA Network development has result in a unique low-data rate DVB-S2/RCS terminal platform optimized for SCADA applications, as well as a private, single user hub platform for network configuration, control and monitoring.

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  • Mobile ad hoc networks with satellite access for public safety operations

    Status date: 11 April 2016

    The project is about the development of features and functionalities of a communication gateway, which allows the efficient linking of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) to satellite networks. The development addresses the market of public safety organisations which do have a requirement for mobile broadband communication solutions with a high availability at the respective operation sites. Key requirements from public safety organisations in the areas of mobility management, security and QoS provisioning will be fulfilled by the solution to be developed. Public safety organisations are involved in the project during the requirement collection and system validation phase.

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  • LCTs for future GEO Constellations

    Status date: 14 March 2016

    The purpose of this study was to investigate future GEO constellation communication scenarios and derive the resulting requirements for optical intersatellite links. Starting point for the investigations was the existing Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) developed by TESAT. For future GEO applications, additional features for the LCT were identified.

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  • Research and Development of Next-Generation GNSS Receivers (4G)

    Status date: 02 March 2016

    The objectives of this activity were to develop a number of new products of the Septentrio product portfolio to prepare it for the growing amount of satellites and the higher complexity of the GNSS algorithms. These new developments were: • GReCo4 baseband ASIC (building block for new products) • Enhanced Loose Coupling Hybridisation software • MF rover and MFMA Rover

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  • Integrated Tool for Reflector Antenna Design, Antenna Farm Scattering, and Interference Prediction

    Status date: 02 March 2016

    The product developed in this project is a software tool able to compute radiation patterns and assess interference effects of multiple telecommunications satellite reflector antennas when mounted on a spacecraft platform. The new tool is tightly integrated with the well-established and validated reflector antenna design tool, GRASP

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  • DEVELOPMENT OF A LARGE KU-BAND SINGLE FEED PER BEAM ARRAY

    Status date: 25 February 2016

    This project covers the development of a Large Multiple-spot Feed Array (LMFA) and its adaptation to the Eurostar E3000 spacecraft interfaces. Multiple spot beam scenarios are becoming more common for Ku-Band satellites and Airbus Defence and Space has flown multi-beam feed systems at Ka-band on previous missions. There is an increasing demand for complex Ku-Band multi-beam antennas and these missions drive the need for a new feed array product which is larger and heavier than any feed array already flown.

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  • Digital Transparent Processor (DTP) for Flexible Payloads

    Status date: 23 February 2016

    Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation DTP payloads. One of the main axis is the introduction of flexibility within conventional payload with the qualification of Generation 2.5 of a Digital Transparent Processor.

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  • SORA

    Status date: 16 February 2016

    Aim of this project is the development of a silicon germanium (SiGe) voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) array covering frequencies from 1.5 to 12 GHz at very low phase noise.

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  • 400N Flow Control Valve

    Status date: 28 December 2015

    Since end of 2013, AER (previous FCV manufacturer) has announced to stop the production of the 400N FCVs and Airbus DS has decided to requalify the production process at Airbus DS Lampoldshausen. In this frame also design improvement steps have been introduced and finally a product requalification sequence was performed on a First Article unit. The existing flow control valve equipment specification is accepted by Airbus DS customers and was baseline for the requalification process finally.

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  • Software Terminal development Environment and Lead Application (STELA)

    Status date: 16 December 2015

    The project centres on the creation of a fundamental and wide-ranging Software Defined Radio (SDR) development environment and methodology to address the software portability and reuse issues in developing wireless User Terminals (UTs). A lead UT application in the satellite communications field is also developed to help focus and validate the approach, involving the integration of existing Intellectual Property Right (IPR) blocks with newly developed portable blocks that are not available in the market-place.

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  • Cool Gas Generators for Comsat mono-prop system re-pressurisation

    Status date: 09 December 2015

    LEO constellation comsat typically use mono prop propulsion systems in which the tank is 70% filled with hydrazine and 30% with nitrogen pressurization gas. By application a Solid Propellant Nitrogen Cool Gas Generator to pressurize the tank, the propellant filling rate can be increased to 95% for the same tank. This will increase life time of the satellite with years without changing the propulsion system itself.

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  • HighLIGHT SAT

    Status date: 09 December 2015

    The HighLIGHT SAT is a new Solar Array Tester (SAT) for multiple-junction devices. This multisource solar simulator is composed of three synchronized light sources which are independently adjusted to precisely balance the spectral content in each junction range. Accurate electrical characteristics (power measurement) of up to 10m2 triple-junction (3J) solar arrays are thus determined by this future-proof turnkey system with effective footprint.

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  • BeamSat: Broadband Access over multi-spotbeam Ka-band satellites

    Status date: 25 November 2015

    The BeamSat project entails the development of Newtec’s next generation satellite broadband access system using multi-spotbeam Ka-band technology and wideband bent-pipe RF channels. The purpose of the research project is to define and develop the next generation broadband Sat3Play solution by the launch of the broadband Ka-band satellite constellations. It will accelerate Newtec’s growth within the broadband market and will leverage Newtec to become the major European supplier for ground equipment in satellite broadband access networks.

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  • HiPeR

    Status date: 16 November 2015

    Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands has developed a flexible film-based radiator enabling in certain cases 50% cost- and mass reductions compared to current state-of-the-art radiators while at the same time enabling easy customization and late integration capability.

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  • ARTES 5.2 Development of EM Ka-Band Downconverter Single Side-Band mixer

    Status date: 16 November 2015

    The ARTES 5.2 programme was aimed at designing a Ka-band SSB Mixer to the conclusion of a fully analysed, manufactured and evaluated part. The primary challenge for the programme of work was to design and develop a SSB Ka mixer with low level spurious performance over a wide bandwidth. AIRBUS Defence & Space has been very successful in achieving these goals.

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  • Ka-band mixed mode Quadruplexer Development

    Status date: 13 November 2015

    This activity studies and develops techniques allowing broadband Tx/Rx multiplexers to be realised as feed chain components. This enables single feed realisations where dual feed or dual antenna realisations would usually be proposed. The extreme temperature range presents challenges in tandem with the realisation of a quadruplexer operating over the extremes of a waveguide band.

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  • RADE

    Status date: 13 November 2015

    The Reconfigurable Architecture Demonstration Equipment (RADE) program was an ARTES 5.2 program under which an in-orbit reconfigurable platform, making use of the software defined radio technology, capable of operating a sophisticated RF sampling and message decoding application used for the Satellite Automatic Identification of System for ships (S-AIS) was developed.

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  • CLAS

    Status date: 13 November 2015

    A novel electrically coupled and contactless rotary sensor for angle measurement up to 0.01 degrees of resolution. The product is an attractive alternative to traditional potentiometer and optical sensors with excellent resolution of accuracy at extreme temperatures and radiation environments.