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Space, RF & Microwave Solutions

DA-Design operates as a subcontractor for major space companies and European Space Agency ESA. We deliver flight and ground systems and equipment; designed, manufactured and tested in-house. Additionally, DA-Design executes technology studies and development for the future satellites.

For demanding space projects, our top experts have delivered RF and microwave subsystems, such as radar altimeters, SAR assemblies, radiometer receivers, calibration subsystems as well as general transmitter and receiver microwave subsystems.

DA-Design's facilities enable space quality equipment manufacturing for both electrical and mechanical parts. Assembly and testing is done in a purpose built clean room facility. Measurements are mainly carried out in DA-Design in-house facilities with a possibility to test in a nominal space environment, vacuum. The cleanroom area contains all needed measurement equipment and simulation of space vacuum and temperatures down to +4 K.

Our focus

We are the reliable SAR-radar subsystem provider. We are in the product business:

  • LNAs
  • High Power Amplifiers
  • Active calibration loads for radiometers (CALLOAD)
  • Linearizer modules for travelling wave tube amplifiers and solid state power amplifiers
  • SAR-Radar subsystems

DA-Design offers a complete range of electronic, RF and microwave, design-to-manufacturing systems for commercial, military and aerospace customers.

Current projects

Sentinel-1 C & D satellites

DA-Design was awareded the contract with Airbus DS GmbH to deliver three subsystems for Sentinel-1 C & D satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload, including Mission Dependent Filter Equipment, RF Distribution Network and SES RF Harness.

MetOp-SG 89 GHz Receiver for MicroWave Sounder (MWS) and MicroWave Imager (MWI)

The MetOp-SG programme is being implemented in collaboration between EUMETSAT and ESA. DA-Design develops and delivers sensitive 89 GHz direct detection receivers. 

Recent projects

Sentinel-1A  satellite with DA-Design subsystems was successfully launched
on April 3, 2014

Sentinel-1 B satellite is scheduled was launched on April 25, 2016.

DA-Design designed and delivered subsystems both to the satellite's SAR Electronics Subsystem and the Antenna Subsystem:

  •  Transmit Gain Unit
  •  Mission Dependent Filter Equipment
  •  RF Distribution Network
  •  SES RF Harness

DA-Design performed the work as a subcontrator to Airbus Defence and Space (previously Astrium UK and Germany) as well as Kayser-Threde.

Leaf amplifier assemblies for TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X , end customer EADS Astrium Germany and leaf amplifier assemblies also for PAZ EADS Casa, Spain

  • These are very stable and accurate signal distribution units to divide transmit signals and combine receive signals in the SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellites. Satellites produce high resolution 3D images of the surface of the earth. The data is used to follow land usage and to predict and follow nature catastrophes.

See previous projects:

Planck Radiometers, SMOS Radiometers, HUYGENS Titan Lander and ODIN 119GHz Radiometer




Petri Jukkala
Business Director
Tel. +358 29 0800 926

Nicholas Hughes
Senior Advisor

Tel. +358 29 0800 927


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