|The primary objective of the Cielo project is to design and develop a fully functioning Ka Band transceiver at a competitive price point. The proposed new transceiver will offer significant cost savings when compared to the previous generation.|
Integrating transmitter, receiver and OMT into a single housing represents a significant step with associated technical risk. However this approach has already been proven in the Skyware industrialized Ku band transceiver, KR1214.
It is the purpose of this product is to address new Ka commercial opportunities, leading to a fully integrated product, ready for full industrialization. The new product design will lead to wider access to interactive satellite services due to improved performance and reduced BoM & manufacturing costs. Compared to existing designs, the new product will be significantly smaller and more aesthetically pleasing.
The proposed transceiver will be the radio module of a Ka Two Way Satellite System. The transceiver will be designed to be compatible with 1. market available Ka Band reflectors/feedhorns and 2. Modems (IDUs).
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|On the left is a detailed overview of the key submodules of the unit to be designed.|
The initial part of the project, a concept design phase, has been completed. The key areas studied were: thermal design, filter concept design, electrical concept design and a MMIC packaging feasibility study.
The 6 prototypes have been built and thoroughly tested and evaluated. The test reports are now available for review which will be held end May 2005.