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

Humbla, Stefan GND; Kaleem, Saqib; Müller, Jens GND; Rentsch, Sven GND; Stephan, Ralf GND; Stöpel, Dirk; Vogt, Gabor; Hein, Matthias GND

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) launched on July 22, 2012, the correct operation and reliability of the entire switch matrix system and thereby the used technology will be demonstrated.

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Humbla, Stefan / Kaleem, Saqib / Müller, Jens / et al: On-orbit verification of a 4 × 4 switch matrix for space applications based on the low temperature co-fired ceramics technology. 2015.

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