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Project PROMISE To Create
100% European Satellites
The PROMISE project aims to develop European
technological independency for aerospace mixed
signal Application-Specific Integrated Circuits...

T

hales Alenia Space (Spain), a joint
venture between Thales (67%)
and Leonardo (33%), is leading a
consortium in a revolutionary project,
PROMISE
(PROgrammable
MIxed
Signal Electronics), that will provide
technological independency to Europe
in future space missions and guarantee
its competitiveness in the field.
PROMISE, which will see the
light in 2022, is an integral part of
the HORIZON 2020 research and
innovation program of the European
Commission, which has European
autonomy in space as one of its pillars.
Component Independency
The European aerospace industry
depends today on non-European
countries as USA, where most of the
Mixed Signal ASIC (Application-Specific
Integrated Circuit) are produced, the
electronic chips considered to be the
'brains' of the satellites and one of
the elements that are more costly to
produce. The PROMISE project will
develop a library of blocks designed
and tested to be used in these chips,
allowing to cut by one third the lead
time of these satellite components and
to sensibly reducing its cost.
"At Thales Alenia Space we are proud
to lead from Spain a revolutionary and
pioneering initiative in the continent
that will enable the development
of satellites fully 'Made in Europe'.

"PROMISE will position
the European space
industry at the forefront
of cost-competitive
solutions and enable
participating companies
to take a leading role in
the space projects
of the future"
Eduardo Bellido, CEO,
Thales Alenia Space in Spain

PROMISE will position the European
space industry at the forefront of
cost-competitive solutions and enable
participating companies to take a
leading role in the space projects of
the future," said Eduardo Bellido, CEO
of Thales Alenia Space in Spain.
A fully innovative concept of library
open to all countries in the European
Union, containing the processing
units for future space missions for
telecommunications, navigation, Earth
observation and exploration.
According
to
Ángel
Álvaro,
responsible for R&D at Thales Alenia
Space, "this system of blocks already
existed in the digital arena but not in
the analogue arena. We will be able
to build in a single chip systems that
include both parts, therefore sensibly
reducing the cost and size of the
circuits. From taking measurements,
to controlling a camera, controlling a
motor... all within a single chip".
Moreover, a prototype chip will be
produced to guarantee the proper
functionality of all library contents.
"This is really an important step for
the future of the European space
industry," he added.

Reducing Development
Costs And Lead Time
The project team estimates a 20%
to 40% reduction in the lead time for
new Mixed Signal ASIC fully based on
the PROMISE library. In terms of cost,
the design and production of a new
Mixed Signal ASIC will be reduced by a
factor of 5, meaning that the number
of recurrent units needed to make a
new design profitable will go from 200
(with the current technology) down to
85.
This project will enable the design of
many of the chips that will be used in
future satellite mega-constellations.
Considering a single ASIC based on
PROMISE per constellation, it means
a volume close to 3000 units over 5
years.
Making Space Accessible
To Everyone
The project follows the trends
in the sector: the space market is
increasingly trending towards satellite
miniaturisation and mass production
for constellations, drastically reducing
production costs and accelerating
development cycles.

These trends, combined with
initiatives to reduce launch costs, will
make space more accessible to the
independent private sector, scientists,
academia and the population at large.
Thales Alenia Space in Spain is
leading the PROMISE consortium along
with major satellite manufacturer
Thales Alenia Space in France, plus
the innovative small businesses ISD
(Greece) and MENTA (France), and
the R&T institutes IMEC (Belgium), IT
(Portugal) and VTT (Finland).
The PROMISE project was officially
kicked off in Tres Cantos, Madrid, on
January 24, 2020.
Despite the current global situation
caused by COVID-19, the partners have
already started working on the project.
The final results will be presented
to end-users and the general public in
a workshop scheduled for the second
half of 2022.

European Satellite
PROMISE
*	 Thales Alenia Space in Spain
leads a consortium in the frame of
the Horizon 2020 program of the
European Commission.
*	 PROMISE project to improve
competitiveness and autonomy of the
European space industry.
*	 To develop a library of blocks
designed and tested for microchips in
order to cut production lead time by
one third.
*	 The first initiative of this
dimension in the sector, with the
participation of companies in Spain,
Greece, France, Belgium, Portugal and
Finland.


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