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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Cooperation with a European satellite operator to shape future mobile satellite services on land, at sea and in the air.
Cooperation with a European satellite operator to develop a satellite platform with a generic payload design.
Cooperation with an American operator to develop the next generation of multi-beam, multi-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) networks.
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.
The ARTES Pioneer programme aims to facilitate the demonstration of new and advanced technologies, systems, services and applications in a representative space environment.
Cooperation with European satellite operators to demonstrate reliable and safe satellite communication technologies.
Cooperation with a European satellite operator is still being developed.
Cooperation with a satellite operator to develop ground and user infrastructure with very high transmission capacity.