13 September 2023
Mission Microwave launches 1kW Ku-band SSPA/BUC for satellite gateways and teleports
Mission Microwave Technologies LLC of Cypress, CA, USA is introducing a new Ku-band high-power product during the IBC 2023 event at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands (15–18 September).
Mission Microwave designs and manufactures a family of gallium nitride (GaN)-based solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and block up-converters (BUCs) in support of GEO, MEO and LEO satellite communications networks. The firm’s signature Stinger, Javelin, Titan and MOAB BUCs are used globally by gateway and SATCOM terminal customers in tactical, maritime, in-flight connectivity (IFC) and broadband markets.
“Based on our customers’ success in replacing legacy traveling-wave tube (TWT) amplifiers with Mission Microwave GaN products, our customers asked us to extend our compact Ku-band product line to offer a replacement for complex multi-amplifier combined networks,” says Steve Richeson, VP of sales & marketing. “The resulting kilowatt-level Ku-band amplifier in a 68lb package resets industry expectations for large gateway designs and allows customers to reduce their system amplifier cost by hundreds of thousands of dollars while increasing reliability and reducing operating costs,” he adds.
Mission Microwave’s latest Ku-band GaN BUC provides up to 400W of linear power in a multi-carrier environment, providing an effective replacement for large combining networks using multiple smaller amplifiers. The amplifier is designed for outdoor mounting and sustained operation at 60°C. It is designed to be mounted very close to the antenna feed, further reducing the loss from complex waveguide paths required for larger solutions.
The new 1kW Ku-band version of Mission’s MOAB SSPA/BUC product line will be introduced during the IBC Conference along with the signature Stinger, Javelin and Titan model BUCs that have already captured a leading position in the satellite ground segment industry, it is claimed. Mission Microwave products will also be on display in multiple customer stands across the venue, incorporated in products in top-tier mobile, maritime and transportable terminals.