SELECTOR project (funded as an H2020 Research and Innovation Action) is focused on the development of innovative passive components to increase the number of freely accessible space qualified passive components; thus, contributing to the European policy about “Reaching non-dependence in certain technologies that will open new markets to industries and will increase the overall competitiveness of the European Space sector”.
SELECTOR aims at developing Surface Mount Technology (SMT) compatible electromechanical switches for space sector high miniaturization. These devises called “Miniature Electro-Mechanical Relay” (MEMR), already exist for microwave industrial ground application like Automatic Test Equipment. SELECTOR will deliver MEMR as part of ESA portfolio European Preferred Part List (EPPL) so that this high integration, high performance passive component be available with non-restriction for the whole European industry. SELECTOR will also demonstrate a whole new approach of self-redundant microwave equipment called “Meta-equipment” based on microwave specific SMT board level assembly and MEMR components to minimize cost and improve integration. This demonstrator will address Very High Throughput Satellites (VHTS) emerging applications, where the new paradigm is the introduction of digital technologies dealing with very high number of RF chains. New evolution toward RF high power and high frequency capability will be implemented to open-up new sector of application within Space satellites (Navigation, earth observation), but also non-space sectors.
In the framework of this project, the GAM group is directly involved in the (theoretical and practical) evaluation of the new developed passive components in terms of high-power and high-frequency space applications.
Participating entities: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), Radiall, Thales Alenia Space France (TASF), Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM).