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 throughout the technology development process; from the 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 and for international consortia, and contacts needed to turn the concept into reality.

ARTES Core Competitiveness combines two previously independent ARTES elements: ARTES Competitiveness & Growth (industry initiative) and ARTES Advanced Technology (ESA initiative).

News and Events

News and Events


    This study determined the optimum use of a FaintStar-based star tracker for the future telecommunications market assessing the feasibility of designing a competitive star tracker suitable for telecommunication satellites. The study demonstrated that a FaintStar-based star tracker can indeed meet the demanding requirements in terms of performance...


    The objective of the project is to develop and qualify an assembly of multiple C to Q band converters intended for Very High Throughput Satellite communication payloads employing digital transparent processors for maximum traffic allocation flexibility. The equipment translates a C band output (3 GHz bandwidth) of the processor DACs to a Q band...

  • QV Hi Power Hardware

    To design and develop a very high power isolator and a compact output multiplexer for use in a QV band 40GHz downlink path