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Scalable & Low-Power Microwave Photonics for Flexible, Terabit Telecom Payloads & High-speed Coherent Inter-satellite Links

Objective

Telecom satellites are growing like giants employing multiple beams to provide high speed connectivity and broad coverage. Under exploding capacity requirements, vendors admit that a technology and payload architecture switch is mandatory. The new technology has to deliver practical, low-power and scalable components with high performance under harsh environment conditions. BEACON aims to provide this technology and disrupt the transition to multibeam Tb/s satellites. Addressing cost, performance and volume, BEACON invests on the right mix of 3 photonic technologies used in terrestrial telecommunications, i.e. GaAs, Si and doped fibres and combines them to deliver a compact optical beam-forming technology delivering the massive amount of bandwidth. BEACON develops ultra-linear GaAs Mach-Zehnder Modulators (MZM) exhibiting >75dB spurious free dynamic range, 15dB higher than conventional MZMs. MZMs will exhibit: up to 35GHz frequency operation matching Ka-band frequency plans and 1/2 the size of mainstream LiNbO3 MZMs. 6’’ GaAs wafers enable high volume production. BEACON integrates and co-packages 4xMZM arrays with new packaging method. BEACON develops the first scalable multi-core rad-hard erbium doped optical fibre amplifier (EDFA). The EDFA employs new rad-hard doped microstructured fibre and enabling: >50% electrical power consumption reduction than using conventional EDFAs and small form factor packaging. BEACON integrates an innovative photonic beamformer (BFN) using CMOS compatible silicon photonic fabrication together with Ge diodes. The BFN chip consumes <7.5-times less chip area than low-index contrast BFNs. It allows 4 orders of magnitude faster beamsteering. BEACON integrates the system with BFN control and antenna array to demonstrate that the technology can scale to Tb/s capacities with considerable savings in size/power against current kW consuming systems. Component space assessment will guide the technology towards fully space qualified systems.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

AXENIC LIMITED
Address
Thomas Wright Way Netpark Incubator
TS21 3FD Sedgefield Durham Cleveland
United Kingdom
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 430 143,92
Administrative Contact
Steve Clements (Mr)

Participants (7)

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 129 180
Address
Gunnels Wood Road
SG1 2AS Stevenage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patricia White (Ms)
CONSTELEX TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS SINGLE MEMBER LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 61 268,15
Address
Odos Ikoniou 17
13675 Acharnes Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Leontios Stampoulidis (Dr)
INPHOTECH SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 266 800
Address
Ul. Poznańska 400
05-850 Ołtarzew
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marek Napierala (Dr)
IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 422 236
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Uwe George (Mr)
INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 279 561,75
Address
Campus Universitario De Santiago Universidade De Aveiro
3810 193 Gloria E Vera Cruz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pedro Silva (Mr)
Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 167 541,18
Address
Broomhill Way Unit A
TQ2 7QL Torquay Devon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kehayas Efstratios (Dr)
WATGRID LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 242 996
Address
Campus Universitario De Aveiro Edificio 1
3810-193 Aveiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rogerio Nogueira (Dr)