ESA Intended Invitation To Tender


AO Number: 1-8207
Program ref.: ARTES 5 Sub-El. 5.1
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 151
Tender Status: COMPLETED
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01B - ARTES 5 Sub-El. 5.1
Proc. Prop.: DAC
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Contract Officer: Sterzl, Ulrich
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Publication Date: 18-MAR-16

A key role of ESA in telecommunications is to promote a significant level of RD activities to ensure the readiness and competitiveness of European industry in the short and long term. ARTES Element 5 sub-element 5.1, short ARTES 5.1, is the Agency's main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications, and it covers the long-term RD activities. ARTES 5.1 activities contain significant amount of industrial research and technical risk and are therefore fully funded. ARTES 5 is concerned with the early stages of development of systems and exploitation of new and promising technologies for satellite communications. In several cases the ARTES 5 activities are a continuation of a TRP activity. Within the TRP programme the components are developed and basic feasibility is demonstrated, whilst within ARTES 5, the equipment is developed to breadboard or engineering model level. The further development to a space qualified or industrialised product is supported within the cofunded ARTES 3-4 element. Through ARTES 5, ESA supports the exploitation of new technologies into equipment such that in the long-term the industry will be able to offer state-of-the-art equipmentand systems at competitive prices. It encompasses activities related to the development of subsystems and equipment for satellite communications. The Workplan for 2015 specifically addresses Technology and Equipment activities in support of the activity lines defined in the Telecommunications Long Term Plan. The Workplan for 2015 has been coordinated with other ESA technology programmes. The activities are organised per application area with Ground Segment, System, and Space segment (Payload, Platform). In viewof the increasing interest and demand of small satellite solutions in a number of areas related to satellite telecommunications, a dedicated topic in the payload area has been defined focused on the development of key communication building blocks for the effective implementation of telecommunications applications with Small Satellites. Please note: The ARTES 5.1 Workplan 2015 is still subject to IPC approval and cannot be considered as final until this approval has been obtained (expected on 29/01/2015). The planning inthe document is a preliminary one. The actual up-to-date scheduling information will be available on the ARTES web site: