New Microwave and mm-Wave Filter Assemblies for Demanding Space Applications

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) has developed new microwave and millimetre-wave filter assemblies specifically designed for space applications. Using CAES’ 40+ years of space heritage with its proven manufacturing processes and high-performance filter design expertise, these new assemblies surpass reliability standards and support harsh environment requirements of the space industry. Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions high-performance RF Filter capability is characterized by high power handling, narrow and broad bandwidths, connectorized and surface mount packaging in frequency ranges up to 50 GHz, and enables total spectrum control, further ensuring mission assurance.

According to Jeff Hassannia, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Strategy and Technology for Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, the United States space customers are currently underserved by existing RF Filter providers. This new RF Filter capability draws on CAES’ extensive history in designing and manufacturing the highest performance RF Filters for airborne, missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications where size weight and power are at a premium. Customers can look to Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions for a reliable technology supplier capable of complex solutions for rigorous space applications.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions offers a broad portfolio of RF Filters including lumped element, combline cavity, and printed filters, as well as multi-filter assemblies. These filters are characterized by low loss and high sensitivity with narrowband with low insertion loss, broadband with low loss at edges (< 1dB flatness), and rejection bandwidth no more than 20% greater than passband bandwidth. CAES RF Filters feature high power capability with greater than 5 Watts peak power and greater than 1 Watt average power. Filter designs can be optimized for low size and weight, with designs that are less than 0.15” in height and less than 10 grams in weight. CAES RF Filters feature phase matching and phase tracking capabilities to less than 2 degrees, group delay matching, and amplitude matching and tracking. They offer very narrowband capabilities of less than 3% 3 dB passband bandwidth, less than 10% break-in passband for notch filters. CAES RF Filters also feature industry-leading low phase noise capability and are complemented by an extensive portfolio of microwave and millimeter-wave technology such as digital receiver exciters, switch filter banks, upconverters, downconverters and synthesizers. 

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