Generic Sub-elements and Ka-band LNA Development

Objectives

The objective of the Generic Sub-elements and Ka-Band LNA development is to complement with Ka-band equipment and to further strengthen RUAG Space Compact Converters and Receivers.

  • Extended product portfolio by access to sub-elements for new equipment versions.
  • Cost reduction achieved by an improved Manufacturability combined with reproducible high performance.

A stand-alone LNA for the Ka-band, possibly configured as a LNA pack with a number of amplification channels, is a product that is often requested by our converters and receivers customers and which is currently missing in the RUAG Space portfolio. Such product will be MMIC based, with an in-house manufactured hybrid.

An objective on a longer planning horizon is a “Super-Compact” version of our Converter and Receiver, enabled by the reduction in mass and size that comes from the higher integration level. 

Challenges

To design a Ka-band LNA Unit and sub-elements for C- and Ku-band with electrical performance and Mass, such that they are attractive for our Customers on the Telecom Market.

Benefits

Extension of RUAG Space AB product portfolio with Ka-band LNA:s and to improve Manufacturability on the existing C- and Ku-band products.

To prepare for future development of the next generation of Compact Converters/Receivers with higher integration level and lower cost.

Features

Ka-band LNA Unit with “state of the art” noise figure performance.

All MMIC based design for Manufacturability in large numbers.

For C-and Ku-band hybrids, improved Manufacturability and cost due to use of custom designed MMICs in all Sub-elements.

Custom designed MMIC Based Output Amplifier hybrids for C- and Ku-band with improved Output Power Intercept point and improved Manufacturability.

Plan

An EM Unit for the Ka-band LNA including a secondary power board has been developed in this programme. Next phase for this development is an ARTES ¾ programme for Qualification of this Unit and also a unit including primary Power Converter.

The MMIC based sub-elements developed during this contract will be further industrialized and prepared for use in FM programmes.

Current status

A Ka-band LNA EM unit has been successfully developed and tested.

The specified Sub-elements has been developed and Tested including new designs for MMICs. All Sub-element hybrids are ready for further industrialization and use in future FM Programmes

All included Work Packages have been Completed and Reported.

Contacts

ESA Contacts

Status date

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 08:35