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Radio Technologies for Broadband Connectivity in a Rapidly Evolving Space Ecosystem: Innovating Agility, Throughput, Power, Size and Cost

Radio Technologies for Broadband Connectivity in a Rapidly Evolving Space Ecosystem: Innovating Agility, Throughput, Power, Size and Cost

Objective

Radio signals are core to space systems and services; they are the backbone of satellite broadcasting & communications and further represent the primary underpinning technology of the nearly ubiquitous space-based radio navigation services as well as a large number of Earth observation instruments. Radio technologies are therefore central in defining the investment return for a wide range of missions and reflect to a significant fraction of the combined space and ground segment infrastructure. As the frightening rates of concurrent advances in space-related services, business models and technologies are driving the space ecosystem to a new age, the need to re-invent radio technologies for space is becoming increasingly urgent; while the sector is proactively looking for the next game changer, a whole new class of emerging and forecasted missions place urgent demands for drastic reduction in cost with a concurrent radical improvement in throughput, agility, volume/mass and power consumption.
This paradigm shift dictates an acute need of highly trained researchers and engineers with a broad set of skills and abilities that extend across and beyond conventional boundaries, enabling them to re-think current approaches and pioneer fresh concepts and radio technologies for space. Recognising this urgent need, REVOLVE brings together a world-leading consortium of 4 industrial and 2 academic beneficiaries aiming to challenge conventional practice in a training network formed around the following five pillars; P1: excellent science & engineering; P2: cross-fertilisation within and between sectors and technologies; P3: application-focused R&D; P4: innovation-centred training, and; P5: promote career acceleration and fulfil personal potential.

Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

Address

Riccarton
Eh14 4as Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 614 897,73

Participants (5)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 460 032,30

LARGE SPACE STRUCTURES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

AURORA SOFTWARE AND TESTING S.L.

Spain

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

FUNDACION IDONIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE RENNES

UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I

EUTELSAT S.A.

AGENZIA SPAZIALE ITALIANA

Space Network Scotland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722840

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 834 895,07

  • EU contribution

    € 1 834 895,07

Coordinated by:

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom