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On-Orbit Verification of a 4×4 switch matrix for space applications based on the low temperature co-fired ceramics technology

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Humbla, S. ; RF & Microwave Res. Lab., Ilmenau Univ. of Technol., Ilmenau, Germany ; Kaleem, S. ; Muller, J. ; Rentsch, S.
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We have developed a compact, high-performance, mechanically robust reconfigurable microwave switch matrix as well as peripheral components such as diode driver, voltage controlled oscillator, and power detector modules for satellite applications using the low temperature co-fired ceramics technology (LTCC) and hybrid integration of integrated circuits. In order to verify the technology for space applications, we combined these components to build a system that enables automated verification of the switch matrix in space, accounting for power consumption, mass, overall geometrical dimensions, and mechanical robustness. The system passed a full space qualification. During a one year On-Orbit-Verification (OOV) mission aboard the German test satellite TET-1 (technology evaluation carrier) starting in early 2012, the correct operation and reliability of the entire switch matrix system shall be demonstrated.

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Microwave Conference (GeMiC), 2012 The 7th German

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12-14 March 2012

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