ESA Intended Invitation To Tender

17.1TT.39


Title: PLANAR FERRITE SWITCHES ENABLING HIGHLY INTEGRATED PASSIVE SWITCH NETWORKS (ARTES AT REF. 5C.330)
AO Number: 1-8881
Program ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Tender Status: ISSUED
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C - CC for Advanced Tech
Proc. Prop.: DAC
Special Prov.: BE+DK+FR+DE+IT+NL+ES+SE+CH+GB+IE+AT+NO+FI+PT+GR+LU+CZ+RO+CA
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Products Division
Contract Officer: Rinaudo, Nicole
Products: Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / Communication - BB(Antennas excluded) / Analog: RF front ends
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / RF Technologies and Equipment / RF Equipment
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Publication Date: 14-FEB-17

Objective:This activity aims to design, develop and experimentally verify a low power planar ferrite switch including drive electronics. Targeted Improvements:Footprint reduction of 40% in the RF section with respect to standard ferrite switches. Enabling highintegration of redundancy rings. Description:There is pressure from payload primes and their customers to reduce the size and mass of payload hardware to allow a higher integration density. This is especially the case for geostationary multibeam systems, where a large number of components are needed, but also for small platforms, such as those intended for non-geostationary satellite constellations. Redundancy is employed for active hardware e.g. LNA, SSPA, TWT, etc. Today redundancy is commonly implemented by a mechanical redundancy ring employing waveguide and coaxial switches, which are large and bulky and hence significantly contribute to the overall payload mass. In this activity a planar ferrite switch shall be designed, developed, manufactured and experimentally verifiedfor redundancy applications. This includes the development of a redundancy ring concept. The selected implementation of the ferriteswitch shall allow the driver electronics to be placed close to and in the same package as the ferrite switch. A possible approachcould be the use of low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology, where the ferrite material is embedded in a suitable substrate. The integration of the control electronics together with the RF part shall be part of the activity.