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A key role of ESA within the satellite telecommunications sector is to promote high levels of Research and Development activity within Participating State industry to help ensure both their preparedness and competitiveness in both the short and long terms. ARTES Core Competitiveness Element Programme Component A Advanced Technology (ARTES AT) is concerned with the early development stages ofnew systems and the exploitation of new and promising technologies for satellite communications.
In some instances ARTES AT activities are a continuation of activities such as ARTES Future Preparations (ARTES FP) and the Technology Development Element (TDE). Through ARTES AT, ESA supports the introduction of new technologies into equipment designs so that in the long-term, industry will be able to introduce state-of-the-art equipment and (sub)systems at competitive prices to the commercial marketplace. ARTES AT encompasses activities related to the development of both (sub)systems and equipment for satellite communications.ARTES AT is the Agencys main programme for preparatory development of satellite communications technology. ARTES AT involves long-term RD activities inherently incorporating a significant level of technical risk, and is therefore fully funded by the Agency.
The Draft Workplan for 2020 specifically addresses technology and equipment activities in support of the priorities defined in the Telecommunications Long Term Plan. The Workplan for 2020 has been coordinated with other ESA technology programmes. The activities are organised per application area and grouped as Ground Segment, System, or Space segment (Payload, Platform) related. All activities addressing optical technologyexclusively are included in an ARTES ScyLight Rolling Workplan.