ESA Intended Invitation To Tender

18.1TT.59


Title: KA-BAND SOLID-STATE POWER AMPLIFIER FOR BROADBAND TERMINALS (ARTES AT 7A.052) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)
Program ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Tender Status: INTENDED
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C - CC for Advanced Tech
Proc. Prop.: YIPC
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
Responsible: Mignolo, Domenico
Products: Ground Segment / Ground Station / RF equipment / Transmitter and Receiver assemblies, Frequency converters, ...
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / RF Technologies and Equipment / RF Equipment
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 - Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg...
Publication Date: 13-APR-18

On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2). Objective: The objective of this activity is to design, manufacture and test aKa-band high power (> 100 W) and efficient solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) for transportable and fixed uplink ground terminals for broadband services and very small aperture terminals. Targeted Improvements: Improved efficiency of 20% due to innovative approaches for combining the different amplification stages. Increase in RF power of 20% in Ka-band. Description: The scarce availability of energy efficient compact amplifiers operating at Ka-band and adapted for broadband terminals represents a limiting factor for a wide market penetration of Ka-band broadband terminals. SSPA based solutions offer the advantage of graceful degradation, no need forwarm up time and small size and weight. A critical aspect is the selection of the power combining techniques of the amplifier elements and a possible solution is the use of spatial power combining. The activity will include the design, manufacture and test of a Ka-band SSPA prototype with all critical functions (gain, efficiency, output power, etc.) for broadband terminals. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes". Footnote: On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2) activities will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one National Delegation.