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High speed, high frequency electro-PHotonic Adc for Space Enabled Routers

Objective

The vision behind the PHASER project is to provide the European Space Industry with a new Analog to Digital conversion system that allows the direct digitalization of typical RF signals from K up to Ka band. PHASER will develop a space-grade, high speed digitizer capable of direct RF-sampling up to Ka band signals, exhibiting an improvement of more than two order of magnitude in the digitizer frequency response respect to the SoA, which enables a dramatic hardware complexity reduction for the next generation satellite payloads, as preliminary assessed in an ESA research program where the fundamental concept was already demonstrated by the consortium. The High speed, high frequency Electro-Photonic ADC system capable of down-converting and digitalize a high frequency band pass signal will be composed by a high speed optical sub-sampling architecture as a key element, capable of working in a very wide range of frequencies (from few kHz up to tens of GHz) and down-converting high bandwidth signals without electronic mixing hardware or intermediate frequency stages. After this signal down-conversion, the system will use a suitable electrical ADC to digitalize the signal.
PHASER system will be able to be integrated in any medium or large satellite platform in order to provide the different system designers with one of the key elements necessary to arrive to the so called “Digital Defined Satellite”.
Having a Digital Defined Satellite means that all the possible evolutions in customers’ needs can be covered by the suitable reprogramming of the on board signal processing elements, thus extending the useful satellite lifetime over 25 years increasing in a proportional way the satellite profitability.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/signal processing

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

THALES ALENIA SPACE ESPANA, SA
Address
Calle Einstein 7
28760 Tres Cantos - Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 581 352
Administrative Contact
Angel Alvaro (Mr)

Participants (4)

DAS PHOTONICS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 773 480
Address
Cmno De Vera S/n Planta 2 Edificio 8F
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastian Pantoja (Mr)
ONEFIVE GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 595 080
Address
Oberwiesenstrasse 5
8057 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Spuehler (Dr)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 348 812
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Steve Lecomte (Dr)
THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 184 776
Address
Avenue Jean Francois Champollion 26
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Maignan (Mr)