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ESA launches satellite IoT tender

The European Space Agency (ESA) is making an Invitation to Tender for its ARTES Advanced Technology project, which aims to drive prototyping of low data rate satellite communications concepts that would be suitable for M2M and IoT applications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}ESA says the funding will target sectors that do not normally work on satellite communications, namely the manufacturer communities throughout Europe which focus on, among other things, consumer-oriented terrestrial communications projects.

In particular the Agency has referenced groups of the sort that have developed hardware products and concepts based on small embedded systems (such as Raspberry PI and Arduino), Software Defined Radio (like HackRF, GNU Radio, URSP, and LimeSDR), as well as open source FPGA programming boards.

A number of such products or concepts are already used within various ARTES projects and some have even been placed into orbit, the Agency notes.

“This is a very innovative community, but one not yet active in the satcoms market,” said ESA's Frank Zeppenfeldt.

“We would like to engage with it and help it develop innovative satcoms solutions. Through this tender, we'd like to see a kind of makerspace for the satcoms community emerge.”

The Invitation to Tender closes on 5 September 2016.{/mprestriction}

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