Last week CRYO project successfully passed the CDR, a new milestone in this project funded by EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, which aims to develop a circularly-polarized low-frequency and wide-band feed that will excite Future Earth Observation Radiometers, which will be used to study deeply Earth’s cold regions.
Such radiometers will allow for gathering information of key parameters in polar areas such as ice sheet, ice volume or sea surface salinity, which at present cannot be adequately monitored by state-of-the-art instruments. In fact, it will be possible to study their effect and relation with global climate change.
During this first phase of the project, EOSOL has been in charge for the design of the wide-band feed. AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE, has provided its vision at complete antenna level, including the accommodation of the feed cluster in the platform and the consolidation of the antenna requirements.
As a result of this work, a challenging array feed cluster has been designed to comply with the challenging specifications in order to fulfil the mission objectives.
From now on, the project enters a new phase where a breadboard of the designed feeder will be manufactured and measured.