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  • Extendable Thruster Module Assembly / Deployable Pointing System

    Status date: 28 May 2015

    EHP and Airbus Defence & Space are currently developing a new generation of Extendable Thruster Pointing Mechanism to improve the capabilities of its existing Civil Telecommunications spacecraft platforms. The Extendable Thruster Pointing Mechanism’s, is one of the main enablers allowing an intensive and efficient use of electric propulsion on Eurostar 3000 telecommunications satellites, both for the orbit raising phase (EOR) and the station keeping manoeuvers

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  • PBC Cooling

    Status date: 13 May 2015

    The “PCB cooling” project aimed at demonstrating the use of Loop Heat Pipe Technology for electronic card cooling. A multi-stage approach has been implemented to be able to cool a primary dissipative zone as well as additional zones on the PCB. It demonstrated the interest of such approach on a breadboard.

  • CAMROSS

    Status date: 12 May 2015

    Cobham’s Adhoc Mesh Radio Over Satellite System (CAMROSS) can provide a team of users with adhoc communications, supporting voice, data and tracking, from a remote location with no existing terrestrial communications. Employing satellite communications it can be taken anywhere and setup in minutes. This low cost system is designed for first responders, security forces and professional applications.

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  • HiSAT 2

    Status date: 12 May 2015

    The product developed in the frame of this activity is a Ku-band phased array antenna for the Land-mobile segment. The antenna combines a small form factor, low-profile lightweight and reliable performance thanks to the electronic elevation scanning.

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  • AIN

    Status date: 07 May 2015

    AlN is an interesting new material for TWTs. Nevertheless, the requirements for space, like long-term stability and reliability are stringend for the AlN and need to be secured. This requires a good understanding of the material and the knowledge of the complete processing, including the material source. Long-term reliability had been fostered by a common approach – together with the supplier.

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  • Review of Iris ATN/IPS and feedback to standardisation fora

    Status date: 24 April 2015

    The future European Air Traffic Management (ATM) is currently being defined by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. The Iris programme is the satellite-based solution for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. By 2020 it will contribute to the modernisation of air traffic management by providing digital data links to cockpit crews in continental and oceanic airspace. Within the Iris programme ANTARES (AeroNauTicAl REsources Satellite based) is the study that focuses on specification, design, development and testing of a new Communication Standard for satellite-based Air Traffic Management communications up to the level required for international standardisation. The implementation of ANTARES project however revealed some gaps and ambiguities and potential improvements to the existing ICAO standards.

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  • Payload Interface Unit (PLIU)

    Status date: 23 April 2015

    The PLIU is a unit containing command and acquisition channels of standard type, like High Level Commands and Thermistor acquisition channels. It contains power switches for heater control and stepper motor drivers. The interface to a central computer consists of a dual redundant Mil-Std-1553B bus. The challenge is to make a low-cost production series by using commercial components and a production friendly design.

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  • NOVEL SAT-AIS Receiver Phase B2/C/D

    Status date: 20 April 2015

    The main objective of this activity is the development of a Novel SAT-AIS Receiver (NAIS), focusing on an in-orbit upgradable SDR platform with low power consumption, small size and advanced signal processing.

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  • Dual-Polarization Payloads for Higher Capacity Utilization

    Status date: 17 April 2015

    An innovative Ka-band multi-beam satellite payload for Broad-Band Services is proposed which is based on a conventional multi-beam payload architecture with an additional flexible payload section feeding a Steerable Antenna system. Such enhanced payload architecture allows using the Dual-Polarization at user beam level on the hot spots in order to increase the capacity utilization on highly uneven traffic demand distribution throughout the satellite coverage.

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  • Highly Integrated BFN using on Chip Multinode Concept

    Status date: 13 April 2015

    This project aims to design, manufacture and test an EM of a Ku band BFN module based on a multinode on chip implementation using a European MMIC process, as well as a multinode MMIC for use in future Ku band phased array mobile terminals.

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  • AOCS Design Upgrade Based On Operator Needs And Emerging Sensors

    Status date: 07 April 2015

    The aim of this study is to take benefit from the availability of recently developed sensors to determine at system level how the AOCS could handle new functions or decrease its cost. On the other hand, to analyse new operators’ requirements induced by the increased number of collocated spacecraft or compliance to the French law about space activity.

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  • MENOS Evolution

    Status date: 31 March 2015

    The objective of the ESA MENOS Evolution project is to develop a coherent end-to-end IP network for multimedia exchange over satellite capable to support HD, Hybride services and broadcast work flows.

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  • GLORIA

    Status date: 27 March 2015

    The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate innovative multilayer solutions involving GEO satellites, LEO/MEO constellations and High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS) to provide internet for all services. A detailed model of the preferred solution has been realised and simulated to evaluate the performance of the multi-layer system showing the interest and complementarity of the different layers.

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  • TAOSATT

    Status date: 26 March 2015

    The proposed project relates to the development of an ‘Always Online’ single enclosure, outdoor grade, data router capable of connecting local users and systems over wired and wireless Ethernet to remote sites via cellular and satellite communications networks. The product will provide all the required functionality from a single unit, mounted on the outside of vehicles, watercraft or buildings and will operate initially on L-Band and cellular services with a migration path to other networks and services in the near future. The router will also transmit GNSS location and speed data for use with vehicular tracking and location based service solutions.

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  • A Single Feed per Beam Antenna Product

    Status date: 26 March 2015

    The project completed the design and manufacture of an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) of a Feed Block Assembly (FBA) for future Ka Band Single Feed Per Beam (SFPB) antenna programmes.

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  • OBSM

    Status date: 20 March 2015

    In this project, an efficient spectral monitoring concept design will be bread-boarded and validated using realistic in-space spectral sensing scenarios. Dynamic sensing within the C-, Ku-, Ka-bands are targeted, considering integration in commercial satellites with minimal impact in terms of size, weight, power consumption and complexity. This project targets a proof-of-concept architectural design and not a direct equipment design.

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  • C-Band Primary Feeds for Multibeam Antenna Applications

    Status date: 20 March 2015

    Flexible payloads in correlation with the raise of interest for C-band multibeam payloads due to frequency spectrum scarcity are emerging. Customers are currently considering the potential use of multibeam solutions for the replacement of ‘conventional’ solutions generating large beams. One of the main challenge is to develop the antenna configuration and associated feed clusters.

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  • Development and Industrialization of Telecommand Receiver and Telemetry/Beacon Transmitter

    Status date: 20 March 2015

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “TTC” with ESA, Norspace has developed and qualified three different EQMs. These are a Command Receiver (Rx), a Beacon Transmitter (Bx) and a Telemetry Transmitter (Tx). In addition a 31dBm Ku Band output amplifier module has been qualified under the frame of this contract. This has been an important and strategic activity for Norspace, and this development project has established the company as a provider of TTC equipment for space. The main strategic and technical objectives have been met, and commercial orders for flight models of Beacons, Transmitters and Command Receivers have been signed. This success shows that this program has been very useful and demonstrates an efficient use of ESA funding.

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  • MCPRED Multi-Carrier transmission PREDistortion and equalization

    Status date: 11 March 2015

    The usage of multi-carrier per transponder operation is becoming more and more common in future satellite systems because of wider transponder bandwidths and the efficient operation of multi-carrier transmissions is of high importance for broadband applications on future high throughput satellite (HTS) systems as well as future broadcast applications. Within this project we first aim to systematically analyze possible options to perform on-ground multi-carrier pre-distortion over satellite systems and to assess the practically most suitable pre-distortion technique to be used at the transmitting gateway. These are evaluated with two different receiver models, considering a simple and an advanced equalization techniques at the receiver side. In a second step, the techniques are implemented on a hardware emulator platform capable of generating a multi-carrier pre-distorted signal based on DVB-S2X. The hardware demonstrator is tested in a lab environment and over satellite to validate the performance assessment.

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  • On-board Optical Beamforming Networks

    Status date: 05 March 2015

    The study investigated various Optical Beamforming Networks (OBFN) and associated optical techniques and technologies to satisfy the mission scenarios and requirements developed during the initial part of the study. Two options were identified as the promising option to investigate further and detailed design of these two options were investigated.

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  • Q-band LNA

    Status date: 24 February 2015

    LNAFIN Oy implements a Q-band LNA according to ESA specifications. The unit is waveguide packaged, and its specifications include NF=2.5 dB, gain >30 dB and better than -18 dB wideband matching.

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  • CAN bus for payload and platform management

    Status date: 09 February 2015

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

  • Ku Band Generic Flexible Converter for Flexible Innovative Payloads

    Status date: 27 January 2015

    Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation Ku-band payloads. One of the main axis is the introduction of flexibility within conventional payload with the qualification of Ku-band flexible frequency converters.

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  • REGYS 20

    Status date: 12 January 2015

    The objective of this activity was to increase the robustness and speed of the EEE parts procurement and testing of the Regys20 gyrometer for space applications. This comprised of 2 main work packages: i) EEE parts procurement transfer from Syderal to Sagem, through a CPPA (centralized parts procurement agent), and ii) the robustification of the testing process. This latter WP consists of 4 main points of improvement: - 2 additional two-axes rate tables were qualified to avoid a bottleneck in the AIT process - The EEPROM management process was enhanced with multiple checks to avoid human operator error and detect read/write errors - The calibration process was robustified to automatically detect out-of-family-behaviour - The test sequence was automated to allow weekend and night-time automated testing and save considerable time. The combination of the above 2 WPs has considerably increased the competitiveness of the Regys20 and increased the robustness of the AIT process.

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  • MEMS-based satellite propellant gauging system

    Status date: 12 January 2015

    NanoSpace has under this contract continued to develop a gauging system to predict the residual propellant on-board satellites in orbit. The target market is medium and large satellites in Geo-synchronous orbits. The main value lies in capability to predict end-of-life with high accuracy – for a typical satellite down to a few weeks. A first engineering model has been designed, built, and tested together with propellant tanks up to 368 litres within this contract. Test results have demonstrated accuracies between 0.07% to 0.35%, depending of amount of gas injected. Test results compared with EcosimPro-simulations shows excellent agreement.

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  • Planar Array Active Antennas for Mobile Terminals

    Status date: 20 December 2014

    The design of a T/R Ku-band electronically steerable antenna based on a horizontal integration has considered various approaches, covering both technological and system aspects, enabling the realization of a low-cost architecture. The antenna uses the available aperture for both Tx and RX functions and the RF components are integrated in a single horizontal board which allows an effective manufacturing process and avoid the need for complex mechanical structures and RF connectivity.

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  • Digital test bench for fast testing of complex Payloads

    Status date: 18 December 2014

    The objective of the study is to develop and validate a digital test bench for use during AIT and IOT for all C-band to Ku-band payloads, exploiting innovative and rapid RF test techniques to significantly reduce the overall test schedule. Furthermore extension to Ka-band payloads and RF interface using optical fiber are designed.

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  • CASCA

    Status date: 17 December 2014

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  • Antenna multi-reflectors pallet product

    Status date: 17 December 2014

    The objective of this ARTES3-4 project is to study and to design a multi-reflectors pallet antenna. This new antenna product is envisaged to generate several coverages from one antenna structure and one single deployment. The design drivers of the product are the capability to accommodate several reflectors from 2 to 5, with different diameters varying from 1600mm to 900mm, a focal length varying from 1.9m to 3.2m. The reflector mounted on the pallet shall be able to operate in Ku and Ka frequency bands, and to realise mono beam and multibeams misions. Moreover, the pallet product shall be compatible of small launchers and several platforms like Spacebus, Eurostar and Alphabus. This antenna should be accommodated in double deployment. All these characteristics are considered to design this new product.

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  • EPC Development for a Very High Power S Band TWT

    Status date: 17 December 2014

    In the frame of this project Tesat designed, manufactured and tested a BB and an EM of an Electronic power conditioner (EPC) for Very High Power S-Band TWT with 500W.

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  • Ku-Band High-Power Reconfigurable Broadcast Antenna

    Status date: 17 December 2014

    In the frame of this activity an innovative Ku-band high power reconfigurable multibeam broadcast antenna has been designed, with the development and test of a demonstrator model. The most promising payload solutions suitable to support the present application in terms of both antenna configuration and front-end architecture have been identified and investigated in detail. This extended trade-off activity led to an innovative antenna solution consisting of a Confocal antenna configuration fed by an aperiodic feed array. The designed Confocal antenna architecture, associated with sparse/aperiodic array feeding system, creates an innovative approach capable to fulfill the reconfigurable regional coverage mission in Ku-band, with full array operation and then full reconfiguration capability, full power allocation flexibility and graceful degradation, minimizing the number of controls.

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  • Demonstration of Ultra-Thin GaAs/Ge based multi-junction solar cells

    Status date: 16 December 2014

    Pre-development and testing of cell assembly technology based on GaAs multi-junction solar cells on 20 µm and 80 µm Ge. System level study and trade-off of the ultra-thin GaAs multi-junction solar generator.

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  • Ka Band Fly-Away Terminal Design and Development

    Status date: 16 December 2014

    This project addresses the design, development and industrialization of a novel Ka band bidirectional Fly-Away terminal. The terminal is intended for basic broadcasting users and for more demanding performance applications as well.

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  • Medium and High Power EPC development

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    The target of this project was to develop a new range of EPC that allows SSPAs to replace Travelling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) in the power range and allows a significant improvement on implementation aspects for some applications. The EPC is able to provide up to 250W with efficiency over than 90%.

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  • High performance tank with in-situ health monitoring

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    Composite overwrapped pressure vessels are difficult to inspect for damage, particularly with respect to stress-rupture, creep and damage fibres embedded within the epoxy resin composite. To mitigate this risk of failure due to undetected damages, tanks are manufactured with significant margins and are thus “over engineered” in terms of flight needs. The project’s aim is to design a demonstrator of health monitoring system capable of detecting potentially dangerous damages and thus increasing safety of the vessels. The monitored vessels could be subsequently manufactured with smaller margins which result in their lower weight and reduced operation cost.

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  • KHARE

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    The project is composed of 3 topics aimed to improve harness mass, cost and performances: 1 - Improvement of waveguide harness attachment solutions 2 - Evolution of waveguide materials and processes 3 - Diversification and consolidation of supplier panel

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  • Modules for Generic Platform

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    The aim of the project is to develop and qualify through an EM/PFM approach specific modules and building blocks for a competitive PCDU

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  • CERES

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    For now several years, the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) insertion issue is a very hot topic both in the US and in Europe, and the Command and Control (C2) link is one of the most important technological challenges to be addressed. Regulatory and standardization bodies (especially ICAO, EUROCAE, JARUS) are making progress on this topic. Nevertheless, the work in front of us is still significant. CERES study aimed, generally speaking, at supporting this effort and, in particular, at fostering the development of an adequate framework for the development of an appropriate C2 link satellite communication capability, by analysing the potential performances and security requirements as well as standard needs. Furthermore, CERES complemented this top down approach by a bottom up approach, via the analysis of potential satcom candidate systems wrt. these requirements and needs.

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  • Service Delivery over Integrated Satellite and Terrestrial Networks

    Status date: 15 December 2014

    The objective of the project was to identify the best potential opportunities for European satellite service providers to engage in service delivery over integrated satellite and terrestrial networks.

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  • COTV

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The COTV (Community TV Content Making) project aims at implementing a 'Community TV' where the TV viewers collaborate with TV producers for generating mixed 'user' and 'professional' content via TV blogs.

  • SCCN

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The objective of this project is to implement a dual use network (commercial and emergency management uses) which is ready at all times to immediately respond to the requirements of a crisis or failure of terrestrial connections. A number of specific hardware and software features will be developed, typical user configurations built and a pilot network operated.

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  • EDIBS

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    Development and first pre-operational assessment of an Interactive TV suite of MHP applications to reward audiences of TV channels with extra contents. The core of EDIBS concept is to embed additional services within the digital transmission stream using the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standard for DVB set-top boxes (STB). By using common digital satellite transmission technologies, the TV- stations are enabled to offer additional Program services and new forms of embedded advertisement within a parallel program flow.

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  • EOMST

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The 21Net system enables Internet services on board high-speed trains. The system uses several communication technologies to access the internet: cellular, WiFi and satellite.

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  • VERDI

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    VERDI is a solution for the provision of broadband corporate services exploiting Virtual Reality environment for eLearning and eMarketing. The VERDI project aimed at delivering a comprehensive solution, demonstrating the added value brought to corporate applications and working on the improvement of both the cost-effectiveness of the service provision and the perceived quality of the service.

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  • ECM-GR

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The project objective is to design an integrated service for civil protection departments which will be based on EO data, GIS technologies and satellite telecommunications. This project will act as a start-up for similar service provisions in the case of natural or man-made hazards or telemedicine applications.

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  • V4DL

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    VideoSat for Distance Learning (V4DL) aims to exploit satellite broadband and broadcast capabilities, providing Value Added Services for Continuing Medical Education and Medical Scientific TV via Satellite. V4DL carries two major innovations: a distance learning methodology that binds emotional and narrative learning theory with video simulation technology (Edufiction), and an optimised user experience thanks to a specific Set Top Box capable of executing the specific eLearning application, managing the GUI and all data transmission functionalities.

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  • MUTIS

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The MUTIS (Multimodal Traffic Information Services) project is aiming at the attraction of the Danube waterway through the introduction of new advanced telematic applications. The work contains two parts, the first part is the demonstration of the integration of new communication concepts for the generation of Traffic Information in the Eastern European countries, and the second part is the integration of the generated traffic information in a MUTIS database.

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  • STICK

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The STICK Project aims at providing broadband communications capabilities to the Public Protection and Disaster Relief sector. STICK will be a service that can be easily deployed by minimally trained operators, providing a mobile broadband shared network that can be simultaneously accessed by multiple users with multiple applications fully independent from public networks which may collapse when disaster strikes.

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  • Hamlet

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    The Hamlet Project provides for the full integration of different media's didactic-pedagogical possibilities, and for the creation of an open and flexible learning environment, which is characterised by a both synchronic and diachronic didactic strategy, and served by satellite communications integrated with terrestrial based Internet connection. The environments provided by the Hamlet platform will be: the Orientation Portal, the Videoteque, the Virtual Library, the Virtual Laboratory, and the Didactic Cyberspace. Videochat with the teacher-telematic tutor, face to face, discussion forums, e-mail and links will be supported.

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  • SEDNET

    Status date: 09 December 2014

    SEDNET is dedicated to the development of an interactive retail TV experience with satellite broadcast in the forward channel and SMS as the tool for response, ordering and marketing. The SEDNET product will enable NetCast customers to receive dynamic, interactive media broadcasts over one-way satellite communications.

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