European “Flexible-HTS” project launched that will increase the maturity (TRL) of space grade photonic components for the next generation of flexible high throughput satellites.
aXenic have announced the launch of PhLEXSAT (Photo-Digital Channelizer for Flexible Digital High Throughput Satellites) a 30-month EC-funded H2020-SPACE R&D project which started on 1st November 2020. aXenic will receive funding of nearly €400k over the period of the project.
Photonic technologies are key enablers to satisfy the requirements of future Terabit/s communication satellites. PhLEXSAT will increase the maturity level of several key photonic devices and modules to TRL5, designing, fabricating, and testing 1) Photonic sampler, 2) ultra-low jitter photonic clock for precise sampling, 3) Photonic-assisted ADC and DAC for digital channelizers for up to W-band operation and 4) onboard digital processing firmware. Miniaturization will be achieved by fabricating and integrating a Mach Zehnder Modulator photonic integrated circuit (PIC) and high-linear photodiode PIC with electronics in the photonic ADC and DAC components.
PhLEXSAT brings together a team of leading European innovators with complementary expertise in commercial satellite operation, photonic satellite payload design, electronic and photonic integrated circuit design, optoelectronic assembly, and packaging. The consortium members are DAS Photonics (Spain), MDA Space and Robotics (UK), aXenic (UK), Fraunhofer (Germany), Argotech (Czech Republic) and Eutelsat (France).
More info https://www.phlexsat.eu/