22, May 2020

ESA Open Invitation to Tender AO9683
Open Date: 18/05/2020
Closing Date: 21/09/2020 13:00:00

Status: ISSUED
Reference Nr.: 18.1TT.80
Prog. Ref.: CC for Advanced Tech
Budget Ref.: E/0505-01C – CC for Advanced Tech
Tender Type: C
Price Range: > 500 KEURO
Products: Ground Segment / Ground Station / RF equipment / Transmitter and Receiver assemblies, Frequency converters, …
Technology Domains: RF Systems, Payloads and Technologies / RF Technologies and Equipment / RF Equipment
Establishment: ESTEC
Directorate: Directorate Telecom & Integrated Applica
Department: Telecom Technologies,Product&Systems Dep
Division: Technologies and Products Division
Contract Officer: Mezzadri, Monica
Industrial Policy Measure: C1 – Activities in open competition limited to the non-Larg…
Last Update Date: 18/05/2020
Update Reason: Tender issue

Objective: The objective of the activity is to design, develop and test 2W and 4W European Gallium Nitride (GaN) Ka-band high poweramplifier prototypes for Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT). Targeted Improvements: Enabling a European Source of Ka-band 2W and 4W HPAs. Description: Contemporary Ka-band satellite communication systems require Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) of high-transmitted power to maintain continuous connection and comply with the system link budget requirements. In the past Ka-band VSAT High Power Amplifiers (HPAs) were based on Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) technology available from many vendors in the world. GaAs is now superseded by the Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology for most power amplifier applications up to Ka and even higher, as GaN is offering a better efficiency and smaller chip size (due to higher power density). It also offers the capability to design HPAs at power levels that cannot be reached with GaAs. GaN processes able to operate up to 30GHz and beyond are now available from vendors in Europe. Hencethis activity shall develop and validate by means of test, 2W and 4W Ka-band packaged HPAs targeting VSAT applications, as well as demonstrate a viable European alternative to existing non-European products. Footnote: On Delegation Request (formerly called Priority 2) activities will only be initiated on the explicit request of at least one National Delegation. 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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