ARTES: Telecommunications Programme Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) The Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) enables European and Canadian industries to explore innovative concepts in order to develop leading-edge satcom products and services. Luxembourg participates in this programme since the year 2000. ARTES offers varying levels of support to projects depending on their level of operational and commercial maturity. Organisations in the satcom sector can submit proposals via the various ARTES sub-programmes. Every sub-programme includes a specific funding framework and applies certain eligibility criteria that must be met by those wishing to participate. ARTES sub-programmes Future Preparations is dedicated to strategic analysis, market analysis, future frequency spectrum needs, technology and system feasibility studies and the support of satellite communication standards. Core Competitiveness is dedicated to develop innovative satcom products, services, systems and partnerships. It provides support at any point of the technology development process; from initial idea to a fully-fledged product, system or service. ARTES Core Competitiveness merges two formerly self-standing ARTES elements: Competitiveness & Growth which 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. Advanced Technology which 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. Megaconstellation is designed to support the competitiveness in the various megaconstellation initiatives that have been announced around the world. European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS) is dedicated to the development and implementation of a European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system. Data relay satellites are satellites placed in geostationary orbit to relay information to/from non-geostationary satellites, spacecraft, other vehicles and fixed Earth stations, which otherwise are not able to permanently transmit/receive data. Large Platform Mission (LPM) is dedicated to the development and deployment of ground-breaking geostationary satellite namely Alphabus / Alphasat which, operated by Inmarsat, incorporates innovative on-board processing technology and promotes the development of user services. Small Geostationary Satellite (SGEO) is a telecommunications satellite platform capable of accommodating a wide range of commercial payloads and missions. SmallGEO's new, modular and flexible design will boost European industry’s ability to play a significant role in commercial satcoms by easing entry into the lower mass class telecom satellite market. This platform is developed through a PPP. Next Generation Platform (NEOSAT) is dedicated to developing the “Next Generation Platform”, in partnership with industry. The programme is specifically aimed at developing, and demonstrating in orbit, new satellite platform product lines for 3 to 6 tons geostationary satellites, in partnership with industry. Integrated Applications Promotion is dedicated to the development, implementation and pilot operations of integrated applications combining different types of satellites, such as telecommunications, Earth observation and navigation. This element is structured into “Basic Activities” e.g. feasibility and “Demonstration Activities” which provide a transition to operational activities or early service validation and enable the development of business opportunities. Additionally, this element proposes “Kick Start” activities as easy entry to IAP and “Enabling” activities as early incubators of services. Satellite – Automatic Identification System (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 position information to vessel and shore stations. SAT-AIS will provide AIS data via satellite, allowing for the detection of seafaring vessels equipped with AIS tracking devices. Partner aims to provide the satcom industry with an efficient framework to bring innovative products and systems into the marketplace through industry-generated public-private partnerships e.g. ECO, Indigo, Electra, Pionner, Quantum, Govsatcom Precursor and ICE. Electra is the first Partner project under this program and is dedicated to support European satellite industry in developing, launching and validating in orbit a full electric-propulsion telecommunications satellite in the 3-tons launch mass range. Such a capacity does not yet exist in Europe. Therefore Electra encompasses both the development of the platform and the implementation of a mission with the private partner and will allow a coordinated effort in realising a European full electric propulsion small geostationary satellite, and provide flight heritage and in-orbit demonstration of the platform and associated new technologies in a representative telecom mission, which is essential to gain market acceptance for a new platform product. Govsatcom Precursor Programme is dedicated to the preparation of a potential future EU lead Govsatcom Operational Programme responding to European secure satellite communications needs e.g. Border Surveillance, Maritime Community, Police Missions, Civil Protection, Humanitarian Aid, EU External Action. This element foresees thedevelopment & demo by 2018 of new and innovative system solutions for pooling & sharing of existing National and European secure satellite communications systems and services and also the development, launch, IOV/IOD by 2019 of new and innovative system solutions based on new space segment elements for improving security and European non-dependence of future National and European secure satellite communications systems and services. ScyLight ("skylight") is dedicated to Optical Communication Technologies and elaborated in close coordination and cooperation with all stakeholders involved i.e. industry, operators, service providers, satellite manufacturers, research institutes and other experts in the field. Luxembourg is strongly involved in the different ARTES sub-programmes. The active participation in ARTES aims at reinforcing the capabilities and competencies of the country's industry. It ensures Luxembourg competitiveness and visibility in telecommunications, a key sector for the national economy.