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DIFFERENT (DIgital beam Forming For low-cost multi-static spacE-boRnE syNthetic aperTure radars)

Objective

DIFFERENT aims at building the foundation of a new generation of space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) with a significant reduction in cost, size, mass and power consumption, and enhanced performances with respect to systems currently available. The final product will be a compact, dual-band, dual-polarization radar with DBF capabilities. DIFFERENT will achieve these results setting up a consortium between SMEs and research institutions to develop and to exchange technologies and know how to improve competitiveness of SMEs.
1) DIFFERENT proposes advances towards space-borne radars building a low-cost, compact SAR by combining
a) a new concept of multi-static dual-band (Ka/X) dual-polarization passive SAR having digital beamforming (DBF);
b) the development of DBF BICMOS chip and of SiGe MMIC to enhance radar operations and to allow an unprecedented level of integration;
c) the development of a dual-band (Ka/X) dual-polarized low-cost array antenna which will have a shared apertur;
d) integration technologies that will make use of materials new to the space sector and that will ensure the high level of integration to reduce costs and weight of the overall payload.
2) DIFFERENT targets the stable integration of SMEs into the Earth Observation (EO) value chain by developing know how in the following key areas which are recognized as strategic for the future scientific and commercial missions
a. SiGe BiCMOS integrated circuits
b. Advanced integration techniques
c. Digital Beam Forming
3) DIFFERENT will open to SMEs new possibilities in the entire space sector developing a distributed SAR space system fulfilling governmental and commercial needs.
4) The DIFFERENT consortium is tailored to sustain the involved SMEs towards the acquisition of a leading role in the EO value chain. SMEs central position in DIFFERENT is supported by a national space agency (DLR), by a research institute and technology provider (IHP) and by two academic partners (UNICAL / KENT)

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

SILICON RADAR GMBH
Address
Im Technologiepark 1
15236 Frankfurt
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 421 482
Administrative Contact
Anja Boelicke (Mrs)

Participants (6)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 842
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Katja Sachs (Mrs)
EVATRONIX SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 280 415,76
Address
Ul.przybyly 2
43 300 Bielsko Biala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piotr Penkala (Dr)
ISIS - INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN SPACE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 241 580
Address
Motorenweg 23
2623 CR Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeroen Rotteveel (Mr)
IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 391 462,27
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Uwe George
UNIVERSITA DELLA CALABRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 202 373,57
Address
Via Pietro Bucci 7/11/B
87036 Arcavacata Di Rende
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lidia Malizia (Dr)
UNIVERSITY OF KENT
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 194 403,40
Address
The Registry Canterbury
CT2 7NZ Canterbury, Kent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Benstead (Dr)