ESA’s New Silicon Chip Set to Transform Radar Systems in Space Missions

By: | February 26th, 2016

The European Space Agency is in the process of building a brand new, state-of-the-art 94 GHz radar system.

At its core will be a silicon chip the ESA is developing, set to completely transform radar systems in space missions.

Ireland-based company Arralis is currently working on the new hardware which will make satellite radars sharper, resulting in images with higher resolution and ultimately helping make planetary landing safer according to the ESA.

Essentially, the new system features better technology than current radar systems and will be able to outline far more objects and obstacles in and around landing zones than ever before.

While at the moment, the new silicon chip is being developed for space applications, Arralis is not ruling out it’s potential when it comes to terrestrial Wi-Fi systems.

Like so many other things these days, we’ll just have to wait and see how the silicon chip progresses before getting too excited.

Michael Cooney

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