All the activities of ESA Telecommunications are based on a long term plan that consists of eight programme lines. These lines cover the main strategic areas of the Telecommunications department. They have been devised to make it easier for newcomers to recognize the different areas of activity in ESA Telecom.
Any work undertaken with ESA comes under a financial framework called ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems). There are five ARTES programme elements. Each ARTES element defines a set of budgetary rules and regulations.
ESA Telecom's activity focuses on the areas where a strategic lead in research and development will provide most benefit. Input from many sources is collated and analysed in order to decide where this focus should be.
Programme Development constitutes the strategy component of ESA Telecommunications programme lines. It identifies and evaluates opportunities, future systems and concepts within the space and terrestrial telecommunications markets.
The Technology programme line focuses on the consolidation of new system concepts and the development of advanced equipment, subsystems and satellite payloads.
The User Segment programme line promotes near-to-market development activities in the area of satellite communications that have a direct impact on the user community. User Terminals and Applications are the two main lines of development.
The Interactive Multimedia programme line intends to work with European companies to develop and launch complete state-of-the-art interactive multimedia satellite systems services to meet future market needs.
The Mobility programme line, in partnership with the European Union and industry, is working to shape the future of advanced mobile satellite services.
Large Platform Mission
The Large Platform Mission involves the development of the large European telecommunications platform based on state-of-the-art equipment from world-class suppliers. Indeed, a spin-off benefit of the mission is that it will unite European industrial prime contractors and suppliers around a common objective - meeting the needs of telecom operators in 2006 and beyond.
The In-orbit demonstrations programme line enables European and Canadian industry to demonstrate new payload and platform components in orbit. This helps to bridge the credibility gap connected to the introduction of new technologies and services and therefore speeds up commercial uptake.
Inter-Satellite Links (ISL)
The Inter-satellite links programme line is working to enable several linked satellites to work as one, increasing their effectiveness and the size of their terrestrial coverage.
Last update: 23 August 2002