ESA Intended Invitation To Tender


AO Number: 1-9248
Program ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 182
Tender Status: COMPLETED
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C - CC for Advanced Tech
Proc. Prop.: DIPC
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 / Electronics / EEE Components / Passive Microwave Devices (including for instance, mixers, couplers, isolators and switches)
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / RF Technologies and Equipment / RF Equipment
Industrial Policy Measure: N/A - Not apply
Publication Date: 16-FEB-18

Objective:The objective of the activity is to design, develop, manufacture and test miniaturised circulators and isolators for Ka-band applications.Targeted Improvements:Enabling technology for highly integrated Ka-band front-ends; 50% component size reductionin comparison to today's Ka-band products.Description:High Throughput Satellites require a large number of passive components. Integration and mass and size reduction of all components is a driving factor to reduce the complexity of the payload. Isolators are used in large quantities for inter-stage isolation to mask any mismatch between connected equipment in the receive chains. However, today's mount-on coaxial isolators are not suitable to be integrated directly into the equipment. Recent advancements in ferrite materials make it possible to use self-biased circulators and isolators in Ka-band, for example. These do not require magnets and offer a wide range of integration possibilities.In this activity miniaturised Ka-band isolators and circulators shall be designed, manufactured and experimentally validated.