about us


ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme transforms research and development activities into operational, profitable and self-sustaining products and services. The success of ARTES is the result of consolidating public-private partnerships between the decision-makers from space industry, service providers, organisations and user communities within participating Member States.
The ARTES Applications programmes are dedicated to funding and promoting the development of space-based applications, services and solutions for the needs of European citizens and society at large.


The ARTES IAP programme is dedicated to the development, implementation and pilot operations of Integrated Applications. These are applications that utilise data from existing space assets, such as Satellite Communication, Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation and Human Spaceflight technologies, in combination with terrestrial services.

ARTES IAP projects cover Feasibility Studies and Demonstration Projects. Any organisation can propose to develop a new commercially promising space-based application or service. It may be e.g. a federation of users, a commercial company, a public body or a non-governmental organisation. Learn more… 


The ARTES SATCOM-APPS programme aims to support, develop and demonstrate activities in the Satellite Communication applications areas. Leading to fully operational, self-sustaining solutions, ARTES SATCOM-APPS addresses the use of space-based components and services satisfying concrete user needs based on industry excellence.

ARTES SATCOM-APPS projects cover Newcomers Initiatives, Satcom Application Projects and Study Activities. These projects reduce the technical and commercial risks for industry, which otherwise could hinder the development of new products and services. For ARTES, members of the European and Canadian Satellite Communication industry can propose to develop Satcom Applications. Learn more… 



AP-Swiss helps companies to target new services, identify Swiss, European and international partners and obtain funding from ESA for awareness, feasibility and demonstration activities, up to market validation.


– Increase awareness about the potential added-value of space technologies
– Stimulate the emergence of new ideas and services
– Help companies to create international partnerships to generate a global customer base needed for service to be sustainable
– Be an ‘honest broker’ between ESA and Swiss stakeholders (e.g., ‘spacetech’ companies, solution/service providers, customers, user communities)

Our focus is on food security, water management, transport logistics and safety, renewable energy, banking and insurance, aid and health for developing countries and regional development.

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