The RF Payload Systems Division (TEC-ET)


Welcome to the external pages of RF Payload Systems Division (TEC-ET)

The RF Payload Systems Division is part of Electrical Engineering Department (TEC-E) and of Technical and Quality and Management Directorate (TEC).

Herewith you can find both a short description of the division and a list of useful links.

The RF Payload Systems Division is responsible for space instrumentation and communication systems, subsystems, equipment and technologies which cover the following domains:

  • Communication systems and subsystems design and validation;
  • Systems for TT&C communication, navigation, remote sensing and scientific applications;
  • Satellite payloads (e.g. repeaters for telecommunications or navigation instruments, earth remote sensing instruments for scientific applications);
  • Microwave and millimetre wave equipment and technologies;
  • Complex on-board payloads for communications and remote sensing, and processing core of such systems, including optically based implementations;
  • Systems testing for performance evaluation or validation;
  • Laboratories to test/proof concepts soundness and validation.

    The expertise of the Division is essentially used for:

  • Preparation and implementation of various ESA R&D programmes;
  • Support to ESA projects;
  • Consultancy to Industry from member states;
  • Training and supervision of students, graduates, research fellows.

    The Division consists of four sections and the divisional laboratories.

    They are:

    1) Communication - TT&C systems and techniques
    2) Microwave and milllimetre wave
    3) Payload engineering
    4) Radionavigation systems and techniques
    5) Laboratories
    6) Staff Publications

    Additional information are available through the above links and on the left menu