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  • DEMISABLE PRIMARY STRUCTURAL JOINTS FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT TELECOM PLATFORMS (ARTES 4.0 AT 4E.090)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test demisable primary structural joints suitable for future low Earthorbit (LEO) satellite communication platforms. Targeted improvements:- Increase compliance of LEO satcom platforms to the ESA on-ground casualty risk requirement (current threshold 1:10000) by one order of magnitude.- Enabling direct heat flux to internal unitsduring re-entry to facilitate demisability.Description:…

  • WAVEFRONT SENSOR FOR OPERATION UNDER STRONG ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.041)

    Objective: This activity aims at investigating different wavefront sensor technologies in order to identify the best suited one foroperation under strong atmospheric turbulence conditions in optical communication applications. Targeted Improvements: 100% increased wavefront sensor performance under strong atmospheric turbulence conditions. Description: Optical beams propagating through the turbulent atmosphere undergo phase and amplitude fluct…

  • LIGHTWEIGHT POST-QUANTUM KEY EXCHANGE PROTOCOL FOR IP DATA TRANSFERS OVER SATELLITE (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 3D.017) (RE-ISSUE)

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to implement and test a lightweight version of the Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) key exchange mechanism that includes post-quantum cryptographic key exchanges. The activity will implement an open-sourced reference implementation of the protocol and perform assessment in a satcom simulator of the protocol on realistic use cases (processing power, data being transferred, latency, available ba…

  • RADIO SPECTRUM SITUATIONAL AWARENESS FUNCTIONS EMBEDDED IN TELECOMMAND/TELEMETRY RECEIVERS (ARTES 4.0 4S SPL 5C.481) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to develop RF situational awareness functions for telemetry and telecommand receivers. Algorithms and a test-bed shall be developed and experimentally tested in laboratory conditions based on several representative operational cases.Targeted Improvements: Enabling interference and signal identification and classification using telecommand and telemetry signals. Description:Information obtained from RF (Radio Fr…

  • EVAPORATION MODELLING FOR LONG LIFE MECHANISMS USED IN GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES (ARTES AT 4E.087)

    The objective of the activity is to develop and correlate an evaporation software model for long life (15 years and above) mechanisms (e.g. solar array drive mechanism, reaction wheels, electric propulsion and antenna pointing mechanisms) as needed for geostationary spacecraft. The developed evaporation software model will be validated through testing of mechanism test-vehicles. Targeted Improvements:- increase the accuracy of the current anal…

  • LOW LOSS FILTERS FOR V-BAND (59 TO 71 GHZ) INTERSATELLITE LINKS (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.496) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test high quality factor, low loss filters as needed for V-band intersatellite links.Targeted Improvements:Filter quality factor improved by 30% to 50% compared to conventional filters at V-band ISL frequencies.Description:Intersatellite links (ISL) are key system elements for satellite-based communication networks.Filters arerequired at the front end of the antenna to provide the re…

  • AD HOC VEHICLE TO VEHICLE MESH NETWORK FOR IMPROVED SATELLITE THROUGHPUT (ARTES 4.0 AT 6B.117)

    The objective of the activity is to design, develop, manufacture, test and demonstrate an ad hoc ground based network system whereby nearby cars pool resources to improve satcom throughput. Cars within a terrestrial radio range of a nearby car can be used to achieve higher throughput over satcom when they are not transmitting or receiving themselves, thus creating a mesh network between local cars. Cars form ad-hoc local networks connecting an…

  • OPTICAL FEEDER LINK SITE-DIVERSITY PROTOCOLS FOR SATELLITE CONSTELLATION NETWORKS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 3A.170)

    Objective: Design and demonstration of link protection and restoration protocols that can be deployed to provide optical feeder link diversity in mega-constellations with inter-satellite links. Targeted Improvements: >30% increased optical network throughput witha reduced number of ground stations and reduced CAPEX. Description: Optical feeder links for LEO satellite systems suffer from frequent disruptions due to cloud blockages that rende…

  • DEMONSTRATOR OF A RECONFIGURABLE Q-BAND FEEDER LINK MULTIBEAM ANTENNA FOR HIGH-CAPACITY GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES (ARTES 4.0 AT 5B.224)

    Objective:The objective of the activity is to develop and test a scalable, generic and reconfigurable multibeam transmit antenna architecture for feeder links operating in Q-band and supporting high-capacity geostationary broadband multimedia missions.TargetedImprovements:- Replacement of multiple (typically two or more) feeder link reflector antennas by a single antenna.- System deployment before finalisation of the gateway locations (6-12 mo…

  • EFFICIENT DIGITAL BEAMFORMING TECHNIQUE COMPATIBLE WITH NON-UNIFORM BEAM AND ARRAY LATTICES (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.492)

    The objective of this activity is to develop and evaluate efficient digital beamforming algorithms and techniques that are compatible with non-uniform antenna arrays or non-uniform beam lattices. The developed techniques will be implemented and evaluated on a representative processor test bed. Targeted Improvements: 30 to 70% power reduction on the implementation of digital beamforming algorithms with non-uniform input/outputs with respect to…

  • END-TO-END MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR SOLAR ARRAYS FOR CONSTELLATIONS (ARTES 4.0 AT 4F.162)

    The objective of the activity is to spin-in terrestrial multi-junction solar cell manufacturing processes and to develop and test photo voltaic assembly techniques to reduce the end-to-end manufacturing complexity of solar arrays for constellations. Targeted Improvements: Reduction of manufacturing complexity and manufacturing time of solar arrays by a factor of two in comparison to the current state-of-the-art solar arrays based on multi-junc…

  • GREEN RECEIVER ARCHITECTURES AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR SATELLITE TV BROADCAST AND BROADBAND SERVICES (ARTES 4.0 AT 7B.073) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of this activity is the design, development and test of a more energy efficient receiver hardware architecture at system level. The activity shall include the investigation of more efficient receiver hardware design, use of narrower time slices and waveforms aimed at reducing demodulator complexity and produce a breadboard prototype.Targeted Improvements:50% energy reduction in receivers in TV broadcast and broadband user termina…

  • OPTIMAL CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS IN FREE SPACE OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 6C.034) - RE-ISSUE

    Objective: The objective of the activity is the development of optimal control algorithms in the context of Adaptive Optics (AO) systems designed for Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) scenarios. Demonstration of improvements in AO performance or robustness using optimal controllers will be performed through turbulence representative of those expected in Geostationary and Low Earth Orbit links. Targeted Improvements: Improve robustness a…

  • SUN TOLERANT OPTICAL COMMUNICATION LINK ACQUISITION AND TRACKING (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5G.034) - RE-ISSUE

    Objective:The objective of this activity is to add a slow modulation scheme on a high-data rate optical link, so allow efficient daylight sun-background subtraction on the tracking sensor and allow more robust operation at small sun-spacecraft-angles.TargetedImprovements:50% higher link availability at small sun-spacecraft-angles (10 degrees).Description:With incoherent and coherent optical communication schemes the counter terminal needs to b…

  • SPACE BASED LINKS FOR THE QUANTUM INTERNET (ARTES 4.0 SL SPL 5G.036) - EXPRO+

    Objective: The objective of the activity is to study concepts and design technologies for extending/supporting the terrestrial quantum internet developments with space-based connectivity.Targeted Improvements: Enabler for long (100km) quantum internet connections. Fibre losses limit the range of connections to less than 100 km and longer links can only be realised using satellites. Description:1) Reviewing/surveying of applications based on th…

  • W-BAND RF PASSIVE HARDWARE FOR HIGH THROUGHPUT TELECOMMUNICATION PAYLOADS (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.502) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test low-loss W-band RF passive equipment (filters, multiplexers and transmission lines) for future very high throughput telecommunication payloads. Targeted Improvements: Enabling technology for W-band payloads. Description: W-band has the potential to provide the feeder link capacity needed for future Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS). The frequency allocation for this band all…

  • AERONAUTICAL EXPERIMENT IN Q/V BAND (ARTES 4.0 AT 7C.079) - RE-ISSUE

    The objective of the activity is to design and perform an aeronautical experiment in Q/V-band involving a bidirectional link.Targeted Improvements:50% increase of available spectrum for aeronautical services over existing Ku- and Ka-band.Description:One of the main areas of growth for the satcom market is the provision of high data rate Internet services to airplanes, especially in areas where only satellite coverage is feasible, such as cross…

  • Q/V/W-BAND INTEGRATED FREQUENCY CONVERTERS FOR FUTURE VERY HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITES (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.500)

    The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test Q/V/W-band frequency converters based on a single chip core MMIC for telecommunication payloads employing Digital Transparent Processors (DTP).Targeted Improvements:- Footprint and mass reduced by a factor of 10.- Power consumption reduced by a factor of 3 to 5.Description:For Digital Transparent Processors (DTP) pre- and post-processors are needed in order to up- and down conver…

  • ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FOR ELECTRIC PROPULSION COMPONENTS OF LOW EARTH ORBIT SATCOMS (ARTES 4.0 AT 4B.176)

    The objective of the activity is to develop advanced manufacturing techniques for electric propulsion components in order to improve their performance.Targeted Improvements:Increase the thermo-mechanical, thermo-optical and magnetic performances by 10-15% and the sputter retention of electric propulsion components (e.g. anode, cathode, discharge chambers).Description: Large low Earth orbit satellite constellations will be using electric propul…

  • 10W PER MM CLASS THERMALLY ENHANCED HIGH EFFICIENCY MICROWAVE POWER AMPLIFIERS (ARTES 4.0 AT 5C.491) (RE-ISSUE)

    The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test a breadboard of a high-power amplifier in Ku-band or above with 10 W/mm class of power density in continuous wave operation. The selected manufacturing process will allow a smaller chip size with reduced junction temperature, reduced thermal memory effects and improved efficiency.Targeted Improvements:- 3-5 times improvementin power density.- Junction temperature reduction of te…

  • 5G REGENERATIVE PROCESSOR AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEM TESTBED (ARTES SPL 5G/6G 5A.083)

    The objective of this activity is to implement and test the signal processing portion of a 5G LEO satellite payload capable of handling several high throughput beams assuming an active antenna configuration. The demonstrator shall be based on a processor capable of controlling a reconfigurable beam-forming network (BFN) and performing signal (re-)generation andchannelisation of 5G waveforms. Targeted Improvements: Enable 5G regenerative payloa…