European Space Agency

Core Competitiveness


ESA's ARTES Core Competitiveness programme helps European and Canadian industry 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.

The programme provides the funding, multi-disciplinary expertise, business knowledge, opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises, international consortia and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality.

ARTES Core Competitiveness merges two formerly self-standing ARTES elements: ARTES Competitiveness & Growth and ARTES Advanced Technology.


News and Events

News and Events

  • NANOcoat

    The main goal of this project is to select coating materials and technologies to increase the power conversion efficiency of III–V photovoltaic cells to be used in satellites. The final purpose is to demonstrate a performance increase at bare solar cell level of at least 0.5%, with respect to the competing current state of the art solutions.

  • Xtend 5G

    Cloud transformation of Forsway’s hybrid satellite/terrestrial Xtend Hub for quicker deployments, closer integration with 5G/NFV networks, and higher innovation speed. The project is the first step towards creating a highly optimized system for connecting vehicles with a combination of satellite and terrestrial technologies.

  • FOLC

    The FOLC project is a technological phase in preparation to the development of a space-qualified optical communication chain, primarily intended for LEO satellite constellations feeder link but also applicable to GEO. The targeted capacity of the feeder link is 180Gbps data rate uplink and 120Gbps data rate downlink.