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Arralis announces €2 million-euro ESA contract for Electronically Steerable Ka band Antenna for Future Science Missions.


11th September 2018

left to right: Dylan Carroll (Arralis), Paula Gutierrez Ruiz (ESA), Gary Soul (Arralis), Eleni Athanasiadou (ESA) and Bryan Rodgers (E Irl).

September 11, 2018:

Irish company Arralis, world leaders in building technology and products that are the future of global radar and wireless communications, today announced a €2 million-euro contract with the European Space Agency (ESA ) for a new electronically steerable Ka band antenna. Arralis is designing and developing the antenna for use in future ESA science missions, with potential applications in observatories at the Earth-Sun Lagrange points and ESA’s Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, designed to detect and accurately measure gravitational waves, and due to launch in 2034.

The communication technology being developed for use in space missions will also have commercial applications back on Earth. There is growing demand for low-power, lightweight steerable Ka band RF front-ends for the delivery of high speed, low latency internet bandwidth anywhere on Earth. This technology can be deployed in LEO, MEO and GEO communication satellites to greatly improve access to broadband.

The contract was secured with the support of Enterprise Ireland and the development work will be carried out in the Arralis HQ in Limerick supporting the company’s continued growth in Ireland.

Speaking about the announcement, Arralis VP of Business Development, Gary Soul, said, “We are delighted to continue working with the European Space Agency to deliver the world’s leading Ka band satellite communications products to the global space industry.”

Welcoming the announcement, John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, stated that Arralis is a prime example of how Government investment in ESA has supported the establishment and growth of high technology companies in Ireland and takes place in the context of the development of Ireland’s first National Space Strategy for Enterprise by the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, which is currently underway.

Bryan Rodgers from Enterprise Ireland welcomed the announcement which highlights the continued growth in Irish companies developing highly innovative technologies for the rapidly evolving global commercial satellite communications market.

About Arralis:
Arralis is a technology company providing world leading expertise in RF, micro and millimetre-wave technology, headquartered in Limerick, Ireland and was founded in 2013, now also with offices in Belfast and Manchester. Arralis has recently established a presence at the UK Space Hub at Harwell in recognition of the increasing numbers of space related companies that are taking up residence. Arralis’ core focus is in W, Ka and E bands where it designs and manufactures Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), modules and antennas, and provides fully integrated systems for vision and radar applications.

W band
Arralis’ W-band product portfolio is world leading and was developed under contract with the European Space Agency. The highly desirable attenuation window at 94GHz allows for the development of very high-resolution radar and massive data rate wireless communications. Its W band precision radar applications include Enhanced Flight Vision Systems for helicopter landing assistance in the presence of rotor down-wash and for precision surveillance.

Ka band
The Arralis Ka-band product portfolio was developed under contract with the European Space Agency and includes a packaged transceiver for satellite communications applications. Arralis has developed a portfolio of MMICs that includes multi-function chips, such as LNAs, Pas, mixers, frequency dividers and VCOs, designed in the 17-21GHz and 27-31GHz frequency bands. Arralis is currently developing a flat, electronically steerable Ka band antenna.

E band
The Arralis E-band development is focused on our fully integrated and highly accurate E band radar system for use in autonomous vehicles. Prototypes will be on the market in early 2019 and Arralis will supply these prototypes under contract to some of the top automotive manufacturers in the market.

Arralis’ products, which are the ultimate in precision and innovation, are used in both global and space environments where accuracy and reliability are critical. Arralis is now working with some of the world’s largest aerospace, defence and communications companies.

Mike Gleaves: Co-Founder Mike Gleaves’ (CTO) history in high frequency product development dates back to his time in the Royal Air Force, where he worked on the design and build of radar. He went on to work for the British Ministry of Defence, which increased his international network and status. Whilst working for Schaffner, a Swiss RF and Microwave company, he was responsible for building sales in RF and Microwave EMC Systems in automotive, aerospace and telecom markets. He has also held similar positions at MA Instruments, Comtest (Thermo-Electron), Racal Instruments and Eaton.

Ireland’s Membership of ESA
Ireland became a member of the European Space Agency in 1975. The purpose of Ireland’s membership of ESA is to participate in European space programmes with a focus on facilitating innovative Irish companies to develop leading-edge space technologies and to commercially exploit their ESA participation in global space and non-space markets, leading to increased export sales and employment.

Irish industrial and research participation in ESA covers a range of sectors and technology areas including; software, precision mechanical engineering, telecommunications, electronics, optoelectronics and advanced materials and extending to end-user equipment, services and applications. Enterprise Ireland (EI) provides support to the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation (DBEI) in relation to Ireland’s membership, including handling Irish company and researcher engagement with ESA.

About the European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the exploration of space, with 22 Member States. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a staff of more than 2,000 with an annual budget of about €5.6 billion. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA's purpose is to provide for, and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and for operational space applications systems. Ireland’s membership of ESA permits Irish companies and research teams to bid for ESA contract development work in a range of space programmes.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.


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