Since a long time ago, Thales Alenia Space Italia recognized that broadband communications should have been characterized by the use of a number of enabling technologies, such as:
The Company objective is to strengthen its position in the field of agile payloads, by developing the critical building blocks that allow to propose competitive and “one step ahead” solutions for bandwidth management. The present project was focused on the development and qualification of four units, i.e.:
These units were tailored for Ku/K band applications, with the possibility to migrate to other frequency bands with limited modifications.
Taking into account the peculiarities of the units and the target performances, several challenges had to be faced. The most remarkable are:
Benefits have been identified at various levels:
Each unit developed under the contract has its own peculiarity that makes them suitable for their application in flexible payloads.
The contract started in June 2008 and the development and qualification of the units was completed with the last TRB in March 2012.
All EQM units are now developed and have successfully passed the qualification tests.