ARTES 4.0 is the Agency's main programme for technology developments in the field of satellite communications. 

Within the ARTES 4.0 programme, ESA implemented a dedicated element for optical communications, photonics and quantum communication, called ScyLight (SeCure and Laser communication Technology, pronounced "skylight").

ScyLight is one of 3 Strategic Programme Lines that ESAs Member states have setup to put particular focus on areas like Optical and Quantum Communications (ScyLight, 4S and Space for 5G).

The objectives of ARTES ScyLight are:

  • To address the development, demonstration and utilisation of innovative optical and quantum technologies for satellite communication as well as preparing for new market opportunities.
  • To support industry to develop/extend its manufacturing capabilities and seize related market opportunities.

In pursuit of these high-level objectives, ESA performs system studies, market analyses, initiates developments of technologies defined in the ScyLight Workplan and maintains an “always open call” to provide support to activities initiated by industry on their own ideas and developments plans.

ESA organises regular workshops with industrial stakeholders to foster cooperation and to inform about recent developments and trends in the field of optical communications.  

ScyLight is also the home for designing and demonstrating key elements of a “Virtual Fibre in the Sky” system, named High Throughput Optical Network (HydRON), that seamlessly extends terrestrial fibre networks into space.

SUMMARY TABLE FOR ALL PLANNED ARTES SCYLIGHT WORKPLAN ACTIVITIES 

The ARTES ScyLight Work plan specifically addresses technologies and studies in support of the priorities defined in the ScyLight Optical Roadmap.

ARTES work plan activities are initiated by ESA and deal with strategic developments containing technical risks and are therefore fully funded.

The ARTES ScyLight work plan 2023 can be found at:

2023 Work Plan

In addition to the latest ARTES ScyLight Work plan, a summary table for all planned ARTES Work plan activities is available for download to registered users residing within participating Member States. 

If you are not yet registered, please sign-up for artes.esa.int, or log in to your existing account.

OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL

ARTES 4.0 TECHNOLOGIES AND PRODUCTS FOR C&G, SCYLIGHT, 4S AND 5G

ARTES activities initiated by industry for the commercialization or space qualification of a product are supported by ScyLight on a co-funding basis.  

Proposals are confidential and negotiated directly. The corresponding ARTES 4.0 'Call for Proposals' (CfP) is always open. To download the documents, registration on esa-star is required.

Open date: Friday 17th February 2023
Closing date: Friday 29th December 2028
Reference Number: CfP/4-40001/23/NL/AF
Tender number: 4-40001
Last Update Date: Friday 24th March 2023
Update reason: Clarification 1 published

NEWS AND EVENTS

6th Annual ScyLight Conference

You are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the annual ScyLight Conference on 15 and 16 May 2023, and a Workshop on the future of Quantum Technologies on 17 May 2023.

The conference will be hosted jointly by the Ministry of…

ScyLight Industry Day - The Netherlands

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GREECONNECT Virtual Day - GREEk CONNECtivity small-satellites

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4th ScyLight Workshop 2021

This is an annual event for European and Canadian Industries as well as ESA technical experts to showcase the latest developments in the domain of optical and quantum communication technologies under the ScyLight umbrella and beyond. It will be a…

Third ScyLight workshop 2019 highlights

On the 5th and 6th June 2019, the third annual ScyLight workshop took place in the two of the most important Romanian historical palaces: Hilton Atheene Palace and Palais Ghica Victoria in the town of Bucharest.

ScyLight Workshop on Optical Communication 2019

ESA and Industry experts are invited to showcase and discuss the latest developments in the domain of optical activities under the ScyLight umbrella and beyond. Pitch talks available. 

Second ScyLight Workshop 2018 Highlights

On the 6th and 7th June 2018, the second annual ScyLight workshop took place in the historic Italian town of Florence, providing the opportunity to the stakeholders to network and share ongoing activities.

10 New Business and Research Partners Join Quartz

Following ESA’s recent agreement with an SES-led consortium to support the Quantum Cryptography Telecommunication System (QUARTZ), SES has announced ten new project partners including universities, research organisations and leading industry…

ScyLight Workshop on Optical Communication 2018

The workshop will give an opportunity for you to present and discuss the progress and advances that have been made in the optical communication domain since last year.

Space Photons Bring a New Dimension to Cryptography

ESA and its partners will investigate how satellites can distribute photon ‘keys’ to help secure encryption.

ESA and industry propose ScyLight roadmap

ScyLight is the new ARTES programme element dedicated to Optical Communication technologies and space based Quantum Cryptography,

ARTES ScyLight Call for Proposals has been issued

The dedicated ARTES ScyLight Call for Proposals (CfP) has been issued and is online on EMITS, Invitation to Tender number AO8893. You will find the dedicated Outline Proposal templates in the Documents Section.