Communications & Power Industries Receives Prestigious Contract To Develop Ka-band Extended Interaction Klystron For SWOT Satellite
GEORGETOWN, Ontario, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada) has been awarded a $3.3 million contract from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to fund the design modifications and development of a Ka-band Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK) for the Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission.
The SWOT mission is a joint mission between NASA and the French Space Agency (CNES) that is focused on a better understanding of the world's oceans and its terrestrial surface waters. U.S. and French oceanographers and hydrologists have joined forces, with assistance from Canada and the United Kingdom, to develop this new space mission in order to conduct the first global survey of Earth's surface water, observe the fine details of the oceans' surface topography and measure how bodies of water change over time. The SWOT mission will use wide-swath altimetry technology to produce high-resolution elevation measurements of the ocean surface and the surface of lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. The mission, currently planned for launch in 2020, is expected to be of great utility to Environment Canada for hydrological and meteorological monitoring and forecasting and to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for ocean science and forecasting.
NASA will provide the SWOT payload module, which will include the 35 GHz Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument. With CPI Canada's 35 GHz EIK, CSA will provide the enabling technology for the space-based radar.
"Scientists' current ability to measure the changing amount of water held in lakes is limited, as only 15 percent of Earth's lakes are presently measured from space. The SWOT mission will inventory more than one million bodies of water in Canada, and it is expected to yield a better understanding of how climate-induced changes can impact freshwater resources worldwide," said Joe Caldarelli, president of CPI Canada. "Using CPI Canada's high-power EIK to enable the SWOT radar, the mission can collect more complete water information. For the past decade, CPI Canada has been working with several international space agencies to develop the technology necessary for this vital program, and we look forward to continuing to contribute to the SWOT mission."
CPI Canada has extensive experience in supporting climate research from space through its participation in previous programs with space agencies around the world. CPI Canada provided a space-qualified 94 GHz EIK for the cloud-profiling radar on-board NASA's CloudSat, an Earth Observation satellite that was launched in April 2006; the EIK on that program has exceeded its design life expectancy fourfold. CPI Canada also provided the pulsed amplifier for the EarthCARE space mission, an Earth Explorer Core mission of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Living Planet Programme, which is an advanced joint mission between the ESA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, to address the need for better comprehension of the interaction between the aerosol, cloud and radiative processes that play a role in climate regulation. For both the CloudSat and EarthCARE missions, CPI Canada's EIK amplifies low-power radar signals and converts them to high-power radar pulses, which are transmitted into the Earth's atmosphere by the cloud-profiling radar.
CPI Canada pioneered and developed EIK technology at its Georgetown, Ontario facility and has sold more than 1,000 commercial EIKs for use in millimeter wave radar, communications systems and scientific applications.
About Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc.
Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc., headquartered in Georgetown, Ontario, is a subsidiary of CPI International Holding Corp. and CPI International, Inc. and, together with Communications & Power Industries LLC, is a leading provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications. Communications & Power Industries develops, manufactures and distributes products used to generate, amplify, transmit and receive high-power/high-frequency microwave and radio frequency signals and/or provide power and control for various applications. End-use applications of these systems include the transmission of radar signals for navigation and location; transmission of deception signals for electronic countermeasures; transmission and amplification of voice, data and video signals for broadcasting, Internet and other types of commercial and military communications; providing power and control for medical diagnostic imaging; and generating microwave energy for radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer and for various industrial and scientific applications.
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