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Microsystems Based on Wide Band Gap Materials for Future Space Transmitting Ultra Wideband Receiving Systems

Microsystems Based on Wide Band Gap Materials for Future Space Transmitting Ultra Wideband Receiving Systems

Objective

The European Space Technology Platform mentioned in its last SRA a need to support non-dependence on critical technologies from outside Europe for future space applications. In particular, one action under bullet to reduce critical ITAR dependence is to secure access to high-performance microwave components used in satellite communication/navigation payloads, and earth observations/science instruments such as radars. Future satellite services will require novel types of microwave components to meet the demands in terms of more flexibility (ultra-wide-band UWB frequency allocation) and mass reduction. Two technologies are now emerging to face these challenges: - Wide Band Gap (WBG) semiconductors such as GaN are expected to play a fundamental role in the development of Intelligent Micro Systems (IMS), yielding unprecedented power performance, efficiency and, along with suitable UWB re-configurable architectures. - RF-MEMS switches as a complementary low-loss switch technology in order to achieve the re-configurability required for future IMS. The route towards re-configurability of high power systems requires the merging of these key technologies and functions but they have not been co-integrated so far. Therefore, the main concept of SATURNE is to realize such novel types of microwave functions (re-configurable front-ends) using WBG MMICs integrated with RF-MEMS. The technological trends for transmit and receive front-end systems for many kinds of applications will be considered like: - Re-configurable and highly power efficient communications satellite payloads with narrow-, multi- or wide-band channel allocation; - Civilian space applications like environmental monitoring and cartography in X-band. The SATURNE consortium is confident that the realization of its ambitious objectives will assist Europe to achieve technological leadership in domains that are targeted by ESA.
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THALES SA

Address

Tour Carpe Diem Place Des Corolles Esplanade Nord
92200 Courbevoie

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 908 190,08

Administrative Contact

Afshin Ziaei (Mr.)

Participants (5)

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THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 137 335,92

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 323 471

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 146 336

TOP-GAN SP ZOO

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 204 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 156 904

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 242458

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2010

  • End date

    31 August 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 627 303

  • EU contribution

    € 1 876 237

Coordinated by:

THALES SA

France

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