Opto-Microwave Wideband Reconfigurable Receiver

Objectives

The aim of the study is to design, manufacture and test an EBB (Elegant BreadBoard) for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE) for future broadband telecom payloads. A delta development of main critical optical components of the OWR-RFE to meet the overall system level requirements is planned.

The overall objective of this activity has 3 levels:

  1. To define the best mission / payload for implementing an optical sub-system,
  2. To develop / upgrade the technology for the space use of the critical optical components,
  3. To design, manufacture and test an engineering model of an optical sub-system corresponding to this mission.

The objective of Phase 1 is to assess the potential benefits of an Optical Sub-System (OSS) versus an “full RF” solution, to define the best mission and payload architecture for this use among several potential applications where coarse flexibility routing is required, and to design a preliminary Engineering Model of the OSS.

The objective of Phase 2 is to converge in the design of the EBB the OSS, in line with the delta-development. A first round of the performance verification plan shall be performed (test-set-up design, preliminary test plan).

The objective of Phase 3 is dedicated to the manufacturing and testing of the EBB of the OSS in order to provide proof of the capability of the technology. At the end, a feedback on the mission and payload definition shall confirm (or not) the optimal mission according to the obtained test results.

Challenges

To define mission/payload architecture showing a real interest (technical and economical) in optical technology versus microwave technology.

To establish new design rules for optical/microwave engineering.

To develop hardware with an emerging technology in the space domain.

Benefits

If the optical technology appears as a breaking technology compared to microwave technology, a new family product could be developed at EQM level in order to cope with business segment evolution needs.

Features

The study will:

  • Define missions and payload architectures using Optical Sub-System (OSS),
  • Specify and design the OSS,
  • Perform delta-development for the critical optical components,
  • Design, manufacture and test an Elegant Bread Board for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE).

Plan

The study is divided in three phases:

Phase 1A: scenario definition, payload level trade-offs between a classical non optical (RF/Digital) implementation and solution involving optics.
Phase 1B: Preliminary design of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE).

Phase 2: Detailed design of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE). Delta technology development of selected critical optical components.

Phase 3: Development of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE).


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Current status

The study is divided in three phases:

Phase 1A: scenario definition, payload level trade-offs between a classical non optical (RF/Digital) implementation and solution involving optics.
Status: completion in progress

Phase 1B: Preliminary design of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE).
Status: not started

Phase 2: Detailed design of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE) Delta technology development of selected critical optical components.
Status: not started

Phase 3: Development of the Elegant BreadBoard for an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE).
Status: not started

Contacts

Status date

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 09:05