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    Arralis’ 94GHz Radar Chip is the European Space Agency Technology of the Week

Arralis’ 94GHz Radar Chip is the European Space Agency Technology of the Week

View the full article on the ESA website here.
“A close-up glimpse at part of a microchip designed to provide high-frequency radar for future space missions, or else boost the speed of satellite communications.

This integrated circuit – produced for ESA by Ireland’s Arralis company – is the centrepiece of a powerful 94 GHz radar system, offering nearly 10 times sharper resolution than the landing radar used by the Apollo missions to the Moon.

“It might make planetary landings much safer in future,” explains Barry Lunn, CEO of Arralis. “This mm-wave radar could identify small but hazardous rocks across a candidate landing zone, or else be used by a spacecraft in flight to identify and avoid adjacent debris.”

The Limerick-based company already markets high-frequency chips, modules and antennas to terrestrial markets, for uses including helicopter landing radar.

The high-frequency chip developed through the project – supported through ESA’s long-running General Support Technology Programme, looking to prepare promising products for the market – also has the potential to turbocharge terrestrial wifi speeds, along with space communications.

“The project team exhibited a very rapid learning curve, helping to bring these integrated circuits to a point where they could be taken up by future space missions,” adds Petri Piironen, managing the project for ESA.

“We have already begun a follow-project with Arralis, looking at the next level of product development: integrating these chips into radar modules.”

Cooperation between ESA and Arralis was coordinated through the Enterprise Ireland development agency.”


About Arralis

Arralis, a Limerick-based company with a design centre in Belfast, specialises in leading-edge, high definition radar and ultra-fast data communications in the Aerospace and Satellite markets. The company has developed world-leading expertise in Radio Frequency, micro and millimetre-wave technology. Their products, which are the ultimate in precision […]

By |February 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments|

Arralis to attend upcoming exhibitions

Arralis will be joining leading global players at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS 2016) in San Francisco (22 – 27 May), at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah (6 – 11 Aug), and at the European Microwave Week in London (3 – 7 Oct).

IMS 2016
IMS 2016 is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials, as well as numerous social events and networking opportunities. The symposium also hosts a large commercial exhibition.

IMS 2015 Highlights:

Total participation of 8,626 including 4,633 conference and exhibit-only attendees from 56 countries.
Over 75 technical sessions, workshops, and panels sessions.
54 MicroApps sessions.
A record breaking exhibition with 620 exhibiting companies including 67 first-time participating companies.
Engineering Students played a large part in the event through numerous presentations as well as the student design competition, student paper competition, PhD Initiative, and Project Connect.
The STEM Program on Thursday had over 200 middle and high-school participants.
The symposium’s first ever Wearables + Wireless Pavilion, which showcased emerging wearable electronics that utilized RF and microwave technologies.
The debut of the RF Bootcamp, a three-quarter day course for newcomers to the microwave world.

Visit Arralis at IMS 2016 at booth 446.

Small Satellite Conference 2016
Arralis will also attend the Small Satellite Conference 2016 in Logan, Utah, USA from the 6th to the 11th of August. For 30 years, the Small Satellite Conference has been a place where innovators, engineers, problem solvers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and dreamers alike have come together to challenge what we know and push the bounds of what can be done. These pioneers have created a space industry where small […]

By |February 16th, 2016|News|0 Comments|