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Advanced Technological Solutions for X band Earth Observation Systems

Objective

The ATOS project will develop and qualify a new generation of X band T/R modules, based on GaN HEMT and SiGe BiCMOS technology, with innovative packaging techniques that minimize the footprint, and will integrate a set of T/R modules in a demonstrator of a high-efficiency densely populated AESA tile to be verified in radiated tests. Such development will enable future space-borne AESA radars at X band with at least a 3x leap in bandwidth, power density and/or azimuth steering capability with respect to current SAR AESAs developed in Europe, and will also enable or drastically improve compact solutions based on array-fed large unfurlable reflectors on small platforms.
The ATOS project will build or consolidate a fully European supply chain including semiconductor technology providers, SMEs and academia as design centers and test houses, and a large enterprise as integrator of space-grade equipment up to turnkey space systems. The components of such team will broaden the scope of their competences through the project, enabling them to be candidates for future developments in related projects and applications in commercial space as well as institutional programs.
The ATOS advancements achieved will be disseminated to foster initiatives of new mission concepts and business opportunities, specifically but not limited to Earth Observation, for which results of the project may represent a key technology enabler.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radar

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2017
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 497 800

Participants (4)

IHP GMBH - INNOVATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MICROELECTRONICS/LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER INNOVATIVE MIKROELEKTRONIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 298 820
Address
Im Technologiepark 25
15236 Frankfurt Oder
Activity type
Other
SAPHYRION SAGL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Strada Regina 16
6934 Bioggio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEC - MICROWAVE ELECTRONICS FOR COMMUNICATIONS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Via San Nicolo' Di Villola 1
40127 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'AQUILA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Piazza Santa Margherita 2
67100 L Aquila
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments