Increasing the maturity level of key satellite communication technologies

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ASI

ASI

The Italian Space Agency, founded in 1988 with the purpose to coordinate all of Italy’s efforts and investments in the space sector that had begun in the 1960s.

Within over twenty years’ time, ASI became one of the most significant players in the world in space science, satellite technologies and the development of mobile systems for exploring the Universe. Today, ASI has a key role at the European level where Italy is the third contributor country to the European Space Agency. It also is involved at the international level. For example, ASI has a close working relationship with NASA, which has led to its participation in many of the most interesting scientific missions of recent years. One of the most fascinating projects has been the construction and activities of the International Space Station where Italian astronauts are by now at home.

Skytech

Skytech

Skytech Italia S.r.l., established in 2011 by an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the field of telecommunications, is a SME located in Rome (Italy). Skytech is specialized in satellite broadband OTM (On-The-Move) antenna systems, with the mission of bringing to market increasingly efficient, compact and lightweight devices.

Thanks to over five years investment in research and development and to an experienced team of engineers and technicians, the company has quickly acquired a wealth of knowledge ranging from HW and SW to RF and mechanical design. These expertises allow Skytech to design and accomplish sophisticated tracking systems for stabilized satellite antennas, including microwave assemblies and antenna optics, providing the best solutions to ensure broadband connectivity to different types of final users in terrestrial, maritime or aeronautical scenarios.

MBI

MBI

MBI is a SMEs based in Pisa, Italy and is the innovation and R&D company in the MBI Group
The Company has experience and interests in Business Analytics and Optimization, where MBI provides customized solutions for Risk Management, Business Intelligence and Optimization to mainly the Telco, Energy, Gas, Water companies and Satellite Communications and applications, where MBI closely collaborates with the satellite operators and SatCom ecosystem in a wide variety of innovative solutions in the area of hybrid satellite/terrestrial networks, entertainment, applications for mobile or automotive devices.
MBI collaborates with the main European satellite operators and the European Space Agency in the standardization, development and testing of high efficient, energy saving and green satellite communications protocols.

OMMIC

OMMIC

OMMIC is a new company but with a long history of innovation and over 40 years of expertise in III-V Technologies, based in France, near Paris. OMMIC is a supplier of MMIC circuits, Foundry Service and Epitaxial Wafers based on III-V (GaAs, GaN and InP) materials. As a leader in advanced technologies, OMMIC provides its customers with cutting edge performance for Telecommunication, Space and Defence Applications.

The State of the Art Technologies include mixed mode E/D PHEMT, Low Noise and Power PHEMT, Metamorphic HEMT and InP DHBT allowing the design of a wide range of MMICs including LNAs from 900 MHz to 160 GHz, Highly Integrated T/R Functions and Millimetrewave Power Amplifiers. OMMIC offers Standard Products and as well as Custom Designs. OMMIC also has a long history of providing Foundry Services with Complete Design Kits, Training and Design Assistance. Hermetic and plastic packaging, test and qualification (including Space and Military) are also available.

OMMIC’s principal markets are in Cellular Communications, High Data Rate Links, Phased Array Antennas, Millimetre wave Sensors, HiRel Devices for Space and Defense and Foundry Services. Committed to delivering the highest Quality to our Customers, OMMIC has both ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications and works closely with Space Agencies for the Evaluation of its processes of use in Flight Model Hardware.

Martel Innovate

Martel Innovate

Martel Innovate is a Swiss-based SME with more than 20 years experience in R&D&I management and implementation and in collaborative international European funded projects.
Martel provides advice and expertise in R&D project funding and management to many companies and academic institutions both in the national and international scene.

Martel gives support for identifying the most appropriate R&D grants opportunities, acquiring funding, partnering with key players in the international R&D scene, writing project proposals, and managing the successful implementation of projects.

ERZIA

ERZIA

ERZIA Technologies SL is a Spanish SME foundeds in 2002 with strong heritage and expertise in RF&MW devices, space, critical applications and Ground Support Equipment.
The business activities of ERZIA are organized as follows:
– Design, manufacturing and integration of RF & Microwave and MMW systems up to 119 GHz for critical applications.
– Data links and communications Systems.
– Space systems like SSPA space qualified and RF and Power SCOES for satellite test systems.

ERZIA has a strong background in space and R&D projects, as well as in RF and MW amplifiers, with over 100 standard amplifier modules already available in the portfolio. ERZIA has also developed an important number of customized RF devices, including amplifiers for space based platforms. The expertise in Electrical Ground Support Equipment for Space applications is also an important asset of the company, especially in RF and Power Ground Support Equipment. ERZIA has inhouse capabilities to work with bare-die components (wire and die bonding) as well as a complete state of the art laboratory for the characterization of RF & Microwave devices up to W Band, including equipment for environmental testing.

CNIT

CNIT

CNIT (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni) is a non-profit Consortium among 37 Italian Universities, including also 7 research units belonging to institutes of the National Research Council (CNR), and four National Laboratories.fouznded in 1995. CNIT conducts research, innovation and training in the field of the Information and Communication Technology.
More than 1,300 people, belonging to the participating universities, collaborate with CNIT, while the number of employees is more than 100.

CNIT has an outstanding national and international reputation, confirmed also by the latest Italian Evaluation of Research Quality of the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research. CNIT participated in hundreds of research projects, including European Research Council (ERC) grants and Italian nation-wide initiatives, and coordinated several European funded projects. In the first three years of the European Horizon 2020 program,2014-2016, 20 projects were awarded to CNIT with a total funding of about 10 million euros. The innovation and technology transfer of research results towards users and businesses is a primary mission for CNIT.

Eutelsat

Eutelsat

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 34 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt is a research intense University in Edinburgh. The Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS) is a multidisciplinary institute within the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences of Heriot-Watt University comprising research groups in microwaves, microengineering, signal processing and ocean systems. With a research turnover of approximately £2M p.a. ISSS places particular emphasis at the interface between classical disciplines of electrical engineering and applied physics. ISSS holds strong two-way links to industry and has a series of success stories with knowledge transfer. The group of Microwave and Antenna Engineering at Heriot-Watt is 40 research staff (including 8 faculty) strong and actively engages on R&D on areas that include space communications, 5G, IoT, radar systems.