ARTES elements

The activities within ARTES have been included in the following elements. The overview below briefly states the objective, whether the Netherlands participates in the element and whether it is possible to tender.

ARTES Future Preparations element

The ARTES Future Preparations element focuses on defining market opportunities; regulatory barriers; standards; future frequency spectrum needs; as well as economic and business issues relating to the development of future satellite telecommunications concepts and technologies. Future Preparations activities are implemented on the basis of an Annual Workplan. The Netherlands participates in this element – tenders are based on open competition.

Core Competitiveness

This element helps to develop innovative satcom products, services, systems and partnerships. It provides support at any point of the technology development process. There are two components:

  • Component A - Advanced Technology

ARTES Advanced Technology is dedicated to long term technological development of the satcom industry based on ESA's initiative. This element focuses on research and development of new technologies and techniques in telecom satellites, ground and user equipment for future or evolving satcom systems. The Netherlands participates in this element – tenders are based on open competition.

  • Component B - ARTES Competitiveness & Growth

The ARTES Competitiveness & Growth element is dedicated to the development, qualification, and demonstration of products such as a piece of equipment, either of the platform or payload of a satellite, a user terminal or a full telecom system integrating a network with its respective space segment. The Netherlands participates in this element – activities are initiated up by industry.

Scylight

This element is dedicated to optical communication technologies. Through it, ESA aims to elaborate a technology roadmap for optical communication technologies, undertaken in close coordination and cooperation with all stakeholders involved. The element consists of four components. The Netherlands participates in this element – execution of activities is partly on the basis of a workplan in open competition and can also partly be initiated by industry.

European Data Relay System


EDRS-C, © ESA
This element is dedicated to the development and implementation of the European Data Relay System (EDRS). Data relay satellites are placed in geostationary orbit to relay information to and from non-geostationary satellites, spacecraft, other vehicles, and fixed Earth stations that otherwise are not able to permanently transmit/receive data. The Netherlands participates in this element – activities are put to tender through the main contractor of this element.

Large Platform Mission

Alphasat is Europe's largest telecommunications satellite, exceeding 6.6 tonnes at launch. Its solar array, spanning 40 m, generates more than 12 kW of power. The ARTES Large Platform Mission element is devoted to the development and deployment of this ground-breaking geostationary satellite.
The Netherlands participates in this element. The development is completed and the first satellite was launched in July 2013. No new activities will be started.

IRIS

This element aims to supply a validated satellite-based communication solution for the European Air Traffic Management System. It is implemented in close collaboration with the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Programme launched in 2006 by EUROCONTROL and the European Community. The Netherlands participates in this element – activities are put to tender through the main contractor of this element.

Small GEO Satellite

SmallGEO is a general-purpose small geostationary satellite platform that is giving European industry the opportunity to play a significant role in the commercial telecom market. The platform is developed through a public-private partnership, in which industrial partners finance a substantial part of the development costs. The Netherlands does not participate in this element. The development is completed and the first satellite was launched in January 2017. No new activities will be started.

Next Generation Platform

This element is specifically aimed at developing, and demonstrating in orbit, new satellite platform product lines for 3 to 6 tonne geostationary satellites, in partnership with industrial partners who finance a substantial part of the development costs. The Netherlands participates in this element – activities are put to tender through the main contractors of this element.

IAP

The activities within this element are aimed at the development, demonstration and implementation of commercial services that combine various space assets such as telecommunication, earth observation and navigation, or add earthly sensors en systems. The Netherlands participates in this element – execution of activities is partly on the basis of a workplan in open competition and can also partly be initiated by industry.

Sat-AIS

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a short-range coastal tracking system currently used on ships. It was developed to provide identification and positioning information to both vessels and shore stations. The Netherlands participates in this element –activities are initiated by industry.

ARTES PPP element

This element is meant to provide the satcom industry with an efficient framework to bring innovative products and systems into the marketplace through industry-generated public–private partnerships. At present, there are 9 partner projects: Electra, ICE, Quantum, Indigo, ECO, Pioneer, GovSatCom, LynxSAT and Aidan. Pioneer and GovSatCom are subdivided into several smaller projects. The Netherlands participates in a limited amount of partner projects (Electra, Quantum and Aidan) – activities are put to tender through the main contractor of the partner project.

Electra

Electra will support European satellite industry in developing, launching and validating in orbit a full electric-propulsion telecommunications satellite in the 3-tonne launch mass range.

ICE

Cooperation with a European satellite operator to shape future mobile satellite services on land, at sea and in the air.

Quantum

Cooperation with a European satellite operator to develop a satellite platform with a generic payload design.

Indigo

Cooperation with an American operator to develop the next generation of multi-beam, multi-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) networks.

ECO

Cooperation between ESA and a satellite network operator is set to bring affordable and reliable Wi-Fi hotspots to low-income users in sub-Saharan Africa.

Pioneer

The ARTES Pioneer programme aims to facilitate the demonstration of new and advanced technologies, systems, services and applications in a representative space environment.

GovSatCom

Cooperation with European satellite operators to demonstrate reliable and safe satellite communication technologies.

Lynxsat

Cooperation with a European satellite operator is still being developed.

Aidan

Cooperation with a satellite operator to develop ground and user infrastructure with very high transmission capacity.