ESA Intended Invitation To Tender

18.1TT.88


Title: KA-BAND MICROWAVE POWER MODULE FOR SERIES PRODUCTION (ARTES AT 5C.377) (ON DELEGATION REQUEST)
Program ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Quarter: 184
Tender Status: INTENDED
Price Range: > 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
Responsible: Schmitt, Dietmar
Products: Satellites & Probes / RF / Microwave Communication (Platform and Payloads) / "Communication - BB (Antennas excluded)" / Analog: Power amplifiers (SSPA, TWTA, )
Techology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / RF Technologies and Equipment / Vacuum Electronics
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 - Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg...
Publication Date: 07-JAN-19

Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, manufacture and test a medium power (40-80W) class Ka-band Microwave Power Module (Electronic Power Conditioner (EPC), Lineariser, Channel Amplifier and Travelling Wave Tube (TWT)) for series production to meet the requirements of high power amplifiers for future large constellations and Very High Throughput Satellites. Targeted Improvements: Enabling of a class of Microwave Power Modules not existing today in Europe meeting the mass, size and performance requirementsfor future constellations following a "design to produce" approach. Description: Future satellite constellations in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) require highly integrated, high power amplifiers in the 40-80W power class designed for series production with high manufacturing yield and modularised electronic power conditioning (EPC), lineariser and channel amplifier (LCAMP) functional buildingblocks. Ka-band 40-80W class LCAMP Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) Microwave Power Modules (MPM) available today offer very high performance but do not meet series production requirements since they are manufactured and tested to meet the highest reliabilityfor GSO satellite life times. On the other hand, Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) technology is able to fulfil series productionrequirements, but does not achieve the required power added efficiency of at least 50%. This activity is to design, manufacture andtestan engineering model of a 40-80W class, Ka-band Microwave Power Module with at least 50% power added efficiency and fulfillingseries production requirements. The development of an end-to-end manufacturing process will be part of the activity. footnote: On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2) activities will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one National Delegation. Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go toEMITS news "Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes".