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Full qualification testing of the C and Ku band beacon products is also planned, enabling the products to be offered on the commercial market.
To help with production alignment times and reduce the load pull effect, the design is based on a balanced amplifier configuration for the HPA stage.
The beacon product is based on technology developed by Astrium in the Generic Flexible Payload (GFP) programme, with common building blocks being re-used on the beacon product.
The programme was completed in November 2011, with the successful completion of the qualification of the C and Ku band beacon products.
Since then Astrium has been successful on the commercial market with the award of multiple flight programmes.