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  • CIVIL SECURITY FROM SPACE PROGRAMME - STANDARD CALL FOR PROPOSAL

    This Call for Proposals covers the industry initiated activities for the Civil Security for Space programme.

  • PIONEER PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS (PIONEER 4.0) - STANDARD CALL FOR PROPOSAL

    The Pioneer programme, implemented under the ARTES 4.0 Generic Programme Line "Partnership Projects", aims to supports the emergence of Space Mission Providers (SMPs), i.e. commercial entities interested in becoming one-stop-shop service providers for public and private customers. The Open Call for proposals is aimed to offer the opportunity for new companies from across all ESA member states to participate in the programme. It will…

  • INTEGRATED STRUCTURAL ANTENNA FOR HIGH ASPECT RATIO SATELLITES (ARTES 4.0 AT 5B.223) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of this activity is to develop an integrated structural antenna concept for high aspect ratio satellites. The antenna concept shall be frequency and size scalable. Critical breadboarding shall be carried out to evaluate the concept for mobile satellite communication systems in Low Earth Orbit. Targeted Improvements: Enabling stackable satellites with efficient launch volume occupation with an improvement of 30% in comparison to e…

  • ROBUST TIMING AND SYNCHRONISATION TECHNIQUES FOR SECURE COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.483)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of an on-board timing equipment for secure communications.Targeted Improvements:Enabling secure communications thanks to high accuracy and resilient timing synchronisation (sub micro seconds).Description:Governmental communications make use of secured waveforms, which implement modern techniques like frequency hopping or direct sequence spread spectrum, and require a…

  • LOW NOISE SLIPRINGS FOR SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE MECHANISMS (ARTES AT 4E.085) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of the activity is to develop, manufacture and test a low noise slipring breadboard assembly for solar array drive mechanisms. Targeted Improvements: Reduction of the slipring noise by at least 3 orders of magnitude with respect to the worst measured noise on current slipring technology. Description: A slipring of a solar array drive mechanism is an electrically conductive rotating track transferring low level signals and high cu…

  • PHYSICAL LAYER TECHNIQUES FOR NON-GEOSTATIONARY BROADBAND MOBILE CHANNELS (ARTES 4.0 AT 3C.045) - EXPRO PLUS - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to develop and test physical layer techniques that mitigate the impact of the communication channel impairments on the performance of NGSO interactive broadband systems that use 3GPP 5G New Radio and DVB-based air interfaces. The end-to-end performance improvement achieved with the developed techniques will be evaluated in a software-based testbed to be developed as part of the activity. Targeted Improvements:E…

  • ON CHIP INTEGRATED POWER CONVERTER FOR ADVANCED FIELD PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAYS (ARTES AT 5C.440) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test an on-chip integrated power converter for high performance Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) applications to reduce size and footprint. Targeted Improvements: 50% reduction in FPGA application footprint, fourfold increase in reliability and 20% increase in efficiency. Description: Currently external power supplies are used to power FPGAs in space applications. This limits the…

  • STUDY AND DEMONSTRATOR OF HEO PAYLOAD ARCHITECTURE FOR 5G-CONNECTED MOBILE SERVICES (ARTES SPL 5G 5A.084) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of this activity is to demonstrate the suitability of HEO payloads for 5G-connected mobile services. Key parameter trade-offs like orbit optimisation, maximum achievable throughput shall be analysed. The study shall identify key enabling technologies to support 5G type of services on a regional coverage. Targeted Improvements: - Reduce the complexity and total cost of the required constellation to provide 5G services to mobile us…

  • COMPUTER GENERATED HOLOGRAMS (CGH) FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION TERMINALS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.037)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to develop CGH to replace classical optics (e.g. (dichroic) beam splitters, lenses...)in optical/quantum communication terminals. In addition, performance simulations shall be validated on CGH test samples. Several CGH device shall be manufactured, and their performance tested. A-thermal designs shall be investigated. Targeted Improvements: 50% reduction in the size, footprint and mass of classical b…

  • HIGH LINEARITY LOW NOISE AMPLIFIER FOR V-BAND UPLINK FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS PAYLOAD (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.485)

    The objective of this activity is to develop, manufacture and test a scaled engineering model of a high linearity Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) module optimised for operation in the 47.5 - 51.4 GHz frequency band and suitable for integration in feed arrays for satellite communications. The LNA shall feature a high intercept point, achieving good performance without distortion or damage in a high interference signal environment.Targeted Improvement…

  • HANDOVER, DATA ROUTING AND RADIO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR VERY LOW EARTH ORBIT (VLEO) BROADBAND CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES 4.0 AT 3C.043)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and test handover, data routing and radio resource management techniques for a broadband satellite constellation in Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO). The techniques will be implemented, and their performance assessed in a software system testbed. Targeted Improvements:Enabling system techniques for VLEO broadband systems not existing today in ESA member states.Description: The VLEO orbit is now the centr…

  • RF TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE FRONT-END FOR V-BAND INTER-SATELLITE LINK (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.501) RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a highly integrated transmit and receive single chip front-end (including LNA, HPA and switch functions) for V-band inter-satellite links employing electronically steerable antennas. Targeted Improvements: Enabling V-band RF inter-satellite links based on active antennas, not existing today in ESA member states. Description:Inter-satellite links (ISL) are being more and more cons…

  • MACHINE LEARNING ALGORITHMS FOR NETWORK MANAGEMENT IN OPTICAL SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6B.113) - EXPRO+

    Objective: Design and development of software for network management in optical satellite constellation networks with machine learning techniques. The performance shall be benchmarked against solutions with classical network optimisation techniques.Targeted Improvements: 50% improvement in capacity utilisation while delivering guaranteed quality of service (QoS). Description:Satellite constellation networks with optical ISLs bring about the po…

  • RELIABLE LEO OPTICAL FEEDER LINK DEMONSTRATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.007) RE-ISSUE

    Objective: To develop technologies and to demonstrate a reliable optical communication uplink from an optical ground station to a satellite in low Earth orbit.Targeted Improvements: First ever demonstration that reliable optical feeder uplinks to telecommunication satellites in LEO are feasible. Description: Optical communication promises the possibility to transmit virtually unlimited amounts of data from optical ground stations (OGS) to futu…

  • OPTICAL TURBULENCE MITIGATION SYSTEM BASED ON SPATIAL MODE RECOMBINATION (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.042)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a photonic integrated circuit to realise a turbulence mitigation system based on spatial mode recombination for receiver turbulence mitigation in Optical Ground Stations.Targeted Improvements:Increase the optical downlink availability by 30%. Also enable automation of the optical ground station as it can operate without need for personnel.Description:Current turbulence…

  • HOLOMONDAS OBSERVATORY UPGRADES FOR OPTICAL AND QUANTUM COMMUNICATION (ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT 6C.013 / SL.049) - EXPRO+ - RE-ISSUE

    Objective: To develop transmit and receive systems for optical communication and the reception of quantum keys. Targeted Improvements: Tenfold speed increase in data rates by optical communication between satellites and ground and implementation of a cyber-secure quantum channel. Description: The Holomondas telescope has been identified to support the ESA programs ScyLight, HydRON as well as the SAGA Project for the preparation of the space se…

  • LIGHTWEIGHT ONBOARD FORWARD ERROR CORRECTION DECODING FOR HIGH DATA RATE OPTICAL INTER-SATELLITE LINKS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5F.038)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, simulate and test a high data rate Forward Error Correction decoder and demonstrate this via a breadboard running at a data rate of at least 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) with soft decision decoding. The decoder shall target next generation optical inter-satellite links and shall be made lightweight in terms of onboard resources usage. Targeted Improvements:- 10 times improvement of the…

  • DEMONSTRATOR FOR COHERENT FREE-SPACE OPTICAL LINKS WITH HIGH SPECTRAL EFFICIENCY (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5G.035)

    Objective: The objective of this activity is to develop and test a high data rate transceiver (TX-RX) demonstrator for coherent optical space-to-ground feeder links, with a high spectral efficiency. The demonstrator shall support coherent optical links with a data rate exceeding tens of Gbps. It shall demonstrate the increased spectral efficiency achieved by using advanced digital signal processing (DSP) techniques at both transmitter and rece…

  • DEMISABILITY OF OPTICAL COMMUNICATION TERMINALS FOR SATCOM CONSTELLATIONS IN LEO (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5A.081)

    Objective:The key objective of this activity will be the investigation of the demise behaviour of different optical communicationterminals for current and future applications on-board satcom platforms in LEO (e.g. future constellations) and therefore the development of breadboard of the design for demise solutions and technologies identified to reduce the on-ground casualty risks associated with these elements.Targeted Improvements:Reduce by a…

  • SMART MANUFACTURING SOFTWARE TOOL TO ENABLE GREEN MANUFACTURING FOR SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES 4.0 AT 4E.091) RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to develop software methods to demonstrate the reduction in environmental impact of applying smart manufacturing techniques, in comparison to conventional manufacturing approaches. This will be demonstrated on a primary structural part (e.g. main load bearing panel or central tube) for a typical telecommunication satellite platform.Targeted Improvements:- 30% material usage reduction in comparison to convention…

  • TIME REFERENCE FOR PORTABLE TERMINALS USED IN SECURE COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 7C.078)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test a very low Size, Mass and Power (SWaP) device able to assure time and frequency stability from one to two order of magnitudes better than high performance devices (e.g. oven cooked crystal oscillators).Targeted Improvements: Reduce the power consumption down to 100 mW for portable terminals.Description: Governmental communications feature the need to have high-performance synchronisa…

  • END-TO-END ADAPTIVE OPTICS BI-DIRECTIONAL MODELLING TOOL FOR OPTICAL FEEDER LINKS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.035) - EXPRO+

    Objective: This activity aims at developing a modular software tool allowing to simulate the improvement from employing adaptive optics (AO) systems in bidirectional optical ground station (OGS) to satellites optical communication and quantum links scenarios (e.g. GEO, LEO, MEO). Targeted Improvements: 50% improvement of design time and computation time to dimension optical communication systems operating through atmospheric turbulence enhance…

  • VEHICLE-TO-EVERYTHING (V2X) SERVICES DEMONSTRATION OVER SATELLITE (ARTES 4.0 SPL 5G/6G 3A.182)

    The objective of this activity is to develop a testbed that allows the demonstration of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) 5G services viasatellite. Using existing satellite assets and on-ground antenna for mobile applications (not necessarily aesthetically attractive), the test bed shall address both forward and return link traffic, to support the definition of future V2X applications and associated technical enhancements. The set of services to be…

  • ARTES 4.0 SPL OPTICAL COMMUNICATION - SCYLIGHT: INTEGRATED PHOTON SOURCES FOR SPACE BASED QUANTUM TELECOMMUNICATIONS (5F.014/SL.031) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST) RE-ISSUE

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test integrated entangled photon source and faint pulse source for space Quantum Key Distribution. The high level integration combines low mass, volume, and higher reliability and is therefore ideally suited for space applications. The expected output of the activity is an engineering model of an entangled photon source and a prototype faint pulse source, which have been eva…

  • IRIS2 PHASE 1 USER TERMINAL SECURITY TESTBED.

    Endpoint security and terminal authentication, monitoring and management testbed. The activity will develop a secure connectivity user terminal on a bench, i.e. a generic platform with hardware and software resources to experiment potential endpoint security capabilities such as device identification and authentication, remote attestation and monitoring for intrusion detection, remote management for secure provisioning and decommissioning.Proc…