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Research Project DIFFERENT

Digital beam forming for low-cost multi-static space-borne synthetic aperture radars


DIFFERENT aims at building the foundation of a new generation of space-borne Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) with a significant reduction in cost, size, mass and power consumption, and enhanced performances with respect to systems currently available. The final product will be a compact, low cost dual-band, dual-polarization radar with DBF capabilities and the highest level of integration where the radiating board is entirely integrated with digital and analogue chips in a single multilayer board.

DIFFERENT will achieve these results setting up a consortium between SMEs and research institutions to develop and to exchange technologies and know how to improve competitiveness of SMEs.

DIFFERENT targets the full and stable integration of SMEs into the Earth Observation value chain by developing know how in the following key areas which are recognized as strategic for the future scientific and commercial missions
a. Radiation hard SiGe BiCMOS integrated circuits
b. Advanced integration techniques
c. Digital Beam Forming techniques


Silicon Radar as one of the partnering SMEs acts as the consortium leader in DIFFERENT. SMEs central position in DIFFERENT is supported by a number of main players having a leading role in the Earth Observation value chain.

Learn more about the DIFFERENT project at www.differentproject.eu

The project is supported by a grant from the European Commission in 7th Framework Programme on SME space technology research and technology transfer.

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