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Enabling & Support


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ESA / Enabling & Support / Space Engineering & Technology

What are they?

ESA’s Telecommunications programme seeks to enhance the competitiveness of European industry by promoting the use of satellites in such functions as broadcasting, multimedia and mobile communications, data relay, search and rescue and aviation services.

ESA Telecommunications supports general telecom R&D through various programme lines of its long-running ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems) initiative, with ARTES programme lines Competitiveness & Growth (former ARTES 3-4 and 5.2) and Advanced Technology (former ARTES 5.1) specifically devoted to technological innovation.

Why is the programme needed?

The Telecom market is also an extremely demanding one.

The Telecom market is also an extremely demanding one. Reasearch and Development (R&D) is vital to the European satcom sector’s continued success, but the risk inherent in advanced space projects is often a deterrent to private investors, while individual governments are unable to marshal the necessary scale of support. The risk is offset and the support gap is filled by ESA’s direct financial contributions through programme lines of the ARTES programme, set up in 1993 to enhance the competitiveness of European (and Canadian) industry.

How are the programme lines implemented?

ESA Telecommunications’ technology R&D activities are mainly organised through ARTES C&G and AT.

  • ARTES C&G (previously two separate programme lines, ARTES 3-4 and ARTES 5.2) seeks to improve the near-term competitiveness of the satcom industry by developing near-to-market products. These could include improved equipment such as terminals, processors or antennas either for the ground or space, on a timespan of one to three years.
  • ARTES AT seeks to develop a more sustained long-term technological basis for European industrial effectiveness, such as enhanced signal propagation techniques, spacecraft power or propulsion systems, on a timespan of five to ten years.

What benefits does the programme deliver?

The R&D support provided by ESA has greatly contributed to the competitiveness of the European Industry. These activities are the basis for the development of new services that represent solutions to the needs of the European society.

How to participate

The ARTES programme lines issue statements of work known as Invitations to Tender (ITTs) on ESA’s EMITS website. A list of current opportunities for which a proposal can be submitted also available via the ESA Telecom website. Participation is open to all firms residing in Participating ESA Member States.

ARTES C&G includes a continuously open call for proposals, looking for near-to-market proposals with a strong business plan and support from the National Delegation. ARTES C&G accepts proposals of work from industry, to proceed on a co-funded basis, with a letter from the National Delegation indicating a willingness to finance the project.

With its Newcomer Initiative, the programme is particularly supportive of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and other new entrants into the market.

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