European Space Agency

Future Preparation

Future Preparation is the strategy element of ESA’s Telecommunications programme. It’s primary purpose is to identify and study new Satellite Communication system concepts and architectures in order to identify new market opportunities for industry; define future technology development needs; ensure future access to frequency spectrum; develop new industry standards; and build new ARTES programmatic activity.

Future Preparation activities are performed for the benefit of all actors from the whole of the Satcom value-chain within the ARTES Participating States, with the results of studies and investigations freely available to all.

News and Events

News and Events


    QUIC is a new encrypted-by-default Internet transport protocol that accelerates HTTP traffic and which has the intention to eventually replace TCP. The project objectives are to identify the root causes of any shortfalls in QUIC performance over satellite, influence and propose changes to the specification, and evaluate them using a real-time...

  • OpenSatCom

    The OpenSatCom project analyses the relevance of open-source methodology models for the satellite communications sector, where such models can provide benefits and how can the European Space Agency contribute to assist relevant existing or new open-source projects. Taking into account the recommendations derived several open-source sub-activities...


    The CYBERSAT project aims at investigating the effects of the current and upcoming cyber security regulations issued at European level on future satellite communication (SATCOM) systems and services. The twofold objective is, on the one hand, to identify and analyse the cyber security regulations and to assess their impact on the design,...


  • Tomas Navarro
    • ARTES contact
    • ESA ECSAT Fermi Avenue, Harwell Campus
      OX11 0FD , Didcot, Oxfordshire
    • +441235444383
  • Frank Zeppenfeldt
    • ARTES contact
    • P.O. Box 299
      2200 AG , Noordwijk ZH
    • +31 (0)71 565 4376
  • Andrew Murrell
    • ARTES contact
    • ESA / ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, P.O. Box 299
      2200 AG , Noordwijk ZH
    • +31 (0)71 565 8481
    • +31 (0)71 565 4596