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  • IFM Nano

    For the IFM Nano Thruster Module, FOTEC uses an electric propulsion system based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. The thruster uses Indium as the propellant, which is ionized through a strong electric field. Lifetime testing has exceeded 18,000 hours and the thrust level is controllable from 10μN-1mN with a specific impulse ranging from 2,000-5,000 seconds.

  • KaLENS

    The next generation of Ka-band satellites will allow a considerable reduction in wireless broadband access costs on-the-move. Mobility requires beam steering at the user terminal to maintain the satellite link. An effort is required to allow smaller affordable mobile terminal antennas mounted on top of vehicles like trains, car or planes without sacrificing performance. There is a trade-off among several possible antenna solutions in terms complexity, weight and cost. Pure mechanical steering solutions promise very low-cost antennas, while competing in terms of performance. The downsides tends to be the antenna volume and mechanical complexity. The project proposes a new concept of mechanically steered Ka-band antenna based on a passive transmit-array design that scans the beam just by its in-plane translations over a fixed single feed (or mixed translation of the transmit-array and a single feed). This favors antenna low profile and lightweight. A single aperture is used to operate simultaneously in the downlink and uplink bands with circular polarization. The proposed solution requires less volume and less weight compared to reflector-based solutions. At the same time, the developed solution allows lower production costs than phased array antenna solutions.

  • MCAMv3

    The objective of this project is to develop and manufacture a new generation of miniaturised cameras (M-CAM) based on previous concepts. The "MCAMv3" shall be based as much as possible on “plug and play” features, in order to obtain the smallest generic and qualified space camera owning standard interfaces.

  • RazorLink® Smart Networking

    RazorLink® Smart Networking is an SD-WAN solution that offers a seamless, carrier agnostic transition between terrestrial and satellite communications - a headline objective for 5G services.

  • KAL

    Following key activities in the telecom payload product area have been performed: - Development, industrialization and qualification of two 4-pack Kaband LNA EQMs; one with primary power interface and one with secondary power interface.