ESA contracts Altum RF for GaN Ka-Band power amplifiers

ESA contracts Altum RF for GaN Ka-Band power amplifiers

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Altum RF has announced a two-year contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the ARTES Advanced Technology programme to design and develop gallium nitride (GaN) Ka-band high power amplifiers for very small aperture terminals (VSATs).

Starting in January 2021, the project objective is to develop Ka-band high-efficiency power amplifiers, using a cost-effective package. These high power amplifiers are well suited for VSATs, two-way ground stations that transmit and receive data from satellites. Based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Altum RF, is an ideal match for this project due to its European headquarters.

“This contract award establishes the confidence ESA shows in our innovative design and solid execution capabilities, and we look forward to collaborating with them,” stated Greg Baker, Altum RF CEO.

Niels Kramer, Altum RF Managing Director Europe and Vice President Marketing, added, “From a highly-respected organization, the ESA contract recognizes the GaN design capabilities Altum RF has demonstrated and allows us to continue expanding our design and development activities in the Eindhoven office.”

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunication and Integrated Applications, ESA says: “The ARTES Advanced Technology programme is dedicated to the innovative technological development of the satcom industry and its applications.

According to Elodie Viau, developing this ground equipment represents a promising new technology for future and evolving space-based telecommunication services.


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