2, October 2017

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9009
Open Date: 25/09/2017
Closing Date: 11/12/2017 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 17.1TT.55
Prog. Ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C – CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Price Range: 200-500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Ground Station / RF equipment / Transmitter and Receiver assemblies, Frequency converters, …
Techology Domains: Ground Station Systems and Networks / Ground Station System / Microwave and Optical Active/Passive Systems
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Product Division
Contract Officer: Sterzl, Ulrich
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 25/09/2017
Update Reason: Tender issue

The objective of this activity is to design, develop and test a Ka-band filter enabling compact flyaway user terminals operations across regions and frequencies. Targeted Improvements: Alternative tuneable filters could provide mass and size reductionof about 30% at terminal level. Description: The flyaway terminal market is demanding for new solutions able to quickly change region and reconfigure the terminal for a different spot-beam or satellite, possibly at a different frequency. These terminals must be compact, foldable, and ideally transportable as carry-on or check-in baggage.The provision of flexibility on the frequency band leads to the design of broadband terminals using bulky filter banks, becoming a resource waste in terms of equipment count, mass and packaging oncethe operational frequency gets set. Flyaway terminals could greatly benefit using smaller, lighter, tuneable filters technologies that could reduce the overall size and cost of the flyaway terminals, with negligible or no penalties on the overall RF performance. The objective of this activity is to analyse latest tuneable filter technologies to replace bulky filter banks, and thenuse the selected technology to design, develop and test a Ka-band filter enabling compact flyaway user terminals operations across regions and frequencies. The expected deliverables are: Study report showing latest tuneable filters technologies available. A tuneable Ka-Bandfilter prototype requiring a high quality factor (>1000) and medium-power levels (> 10 W) targeting at a competitive unit lower insize and weight than a conventional filter bank. Performance validation report of the prototype in an operational environment.Procurement Policy: C(1) = Activity restricted to non-prime contractors (incl. SMEs). For additional information please go to EMITS news “Industrial Policy measures for non-primes, SMEs and RD entities in ESA programmes”.

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