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In the fiercely competitive telecom satellite microwave products sector, Thales Alenia Space identified a gap in the market for two new products. These products have become a commercial success with the support of the ARTES programme.
Firstly, Thales Alenia Space identified a need for a new receiver to address the growing interest in the 25/17 GHz band, or reverse direct broadcast satellite band, for multimedia broadband services over North and South America. Two versions of a Ka-band 25/17 GHz telecom receiver were developed during the project.
Secondly, a Ka-band 30/20 GHz dual down-converter was developed to provide an alternative to a typical standalone converter, providing significant reductions in mass, footprint, power consumption and cost for today’s large payloads.
Following testing, the new frequency converters are already in use. More than sixty of the Ka-band 25/17 GHz receivers are either in production or have been supplied for use. The unit has been deployed on three different platforms, including Athena–Fidus.
More than twenty units of the Ka-band 30/20 GHz dual down-converter are in production or have been supplied to customers. Sales are forecast to quadruple over the next three years.