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Mission Microwave announces solid state power amplifiers for TWTA replacement in Ka-band satellite

Mission Microwave announces solid state power amplifiers for TWTA replacement in Ka-band satellite

Mission Microwave Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of highly efficient Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) and Block Upconverters (BUCs) is introducing new Ka-band high power products at the SATELLITE 2020 industry event in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Mission Microwave has produced a family of wide-band Ka-band SSPAs to support LEO, MEO or GEO constellations from a single gateway station. Offered in commercial models within the range of up to 27 GHz to 30 GHz, these GaN based SSPAs are designed to be form, fit and function drop in replacements for Travelling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs) commonly used on gateway ground stations. These new products take advantage of the knowledge and experience gained from deployment of Mission’s existing product lines, which already lead the industry in mobile Ku and Ka-Band BUC deployments for commercial and Government SATCOM terminals.

“Customers have long been demanding high power SSPAs to replace TWT Amplifiers,” offered Mission Microwave’s President and CEO, Francis Auricchio. “Our latest amplifier is the most advanced GaN SSPA on the market and can provide up to 166 watts of linear power in a multi-carrier environment and over 200 watts of linear power for a single carrier; providing an effective replacement for a 500 watt TWTA. The amplifier is designed for outdoor mounting and sustained operation at 60°C. Our team and the initial customers for this product have been very excited by the prospect of replacing their TWTA amplifier deployments with more reliable and efficient SSPAs.”

The new Ka-band version of Mission’s SSPA/BUC platform will be on display in Mission booth at the 2020 Satellite show along with the company’s signature Stinger, Javelin and Titan model BUCs that have already captured a leading position in the SATCOM terminal industry. Mission Microwave products will also be on display in over a dozen stands across the venue, incorporated in industry-leading products in top-tier mobile, maritime and transportable terminals.