ESA's ARTES Core Competitiveness programme aims to maintain and improve the capability and competitiveness of European and Canadian industry in the satcom market through the development of satellite communications technology and services.

It provides support throughout the technology development process; from the initial idea to a fully-fledged product, system or service.

The programme provides the funding, multi-disciplinary expertise, business knowledge, opportunities for small and medium enterprises and for international consortia, and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality.

ARTES Core Competitiveness combines two previously independent ARTES elements: ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (industry initiative) and ARTES Advanced Technology (ESA initiative).

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Automated management of satcom terminals gives MOBISAT the edge

A competitive ‘no touch’ satcom service solution is now simplifying the deployment of satellite communication networks in isolated areas. ‘MOBISAT’ has been developed under the ARTES Core Competitiveness programme by Spanish company Integrasys,…

Cutting edge composite antennas reach qualification for Canadian tech company Calian

An innovative composite 6m and 10 m Q/V band antenna system developed by Canadian technology company Calian Advanced Technologies has successfully demonstrated its performance capabilities after over-the-satellite testing in Guadeloupe. 

Optical wireless study paves the way for cable-free telecoms satellites

A study backed by the European Space Agency has successfully demonstrated the viability of using optical wireless communications in satellites, in a move that could help reduce mass and costs by removing the need for cabled connections.

Oxford Space Systems commissions industrial scale knitted mesh production facility

Oxford Space Systems has developed a metal mesh manufacturing facility at their Harwell base, manufacturing foldable surfaces for their reflector antennas. The project, backed by the European Space Agency (ESA)’s ARTES Core…

Opportunity: People, Planet, Prosperity

The Thematic Call, in line with ESA’s vision to accelerate the use of space and the Director General’s Agenda 2025, targets space projects enabling “action beyond observation” within the vast ESG market described above where space technologies,…

New entrants look forward to making a global impact in satellite communications accessibi…

ESA has partnered with two new companies through the ARTES Core Competitiveness programme, which helps industry to deliver innovation in satellite communications.

SatixFy to deploy baseband and modem equipment for Telesat lightspeed ground infrastructure

SX3099 Modem developed through the ARTES Core Competitiveness programme moves another step further deployment.

ARTES Advanced Technology: Inflatables to drag down small satellites

New activity - Inflatable structures for telecom satellites.

The need for ever-more powerful telecom satellites drives the development of the associated technologies.   A key example is the need for lightweight, large systems such as solar…

AlbaPod: the most advanced space-proven PocketQube deployer

The ‘maker’ movement in electronics and the meteoric rise of smartphones have led to a surge in small satellites - such as nano- and picosatellites (picosats are the tiniest of smallsats). But something has to propel these pocket-size payloads…

Novel flat panel antennas give drones long-range satcom capabilities

A satellite communications antenna which fits snugly into the wing of a UAV or ‘Remotely Piloted Aircraft’ (RPA) for use in long-range missions has now ‘got its wings’  – giving the green light for a variety of civilian applications across the…

'Extraordinary efficiencies’ with next-generation space solar cell

Telecommunication satellites are demanding ever-increasing power for new technologies. This makes ever-more efficient and lightweight solar generators a must for full electric propulsion satellite platforms. 

AZUR SPACE, German-based…

A giant step towards satellite interference mitigation with SkyMON

Data-hungry media, like HDTV and mobile services, have made the use of satellites and their broadcasting capabilities crucial for global communications. But in order to offer these services there is a growing number of satellites required,…