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Images and Science already returned by the orbiter and the Philae lander are amazing!

The team at Callisto is very proud to be part of this European venture with the cryogenic Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA) designed by Callisto and installed in ESA Deep Space Stations around the world.


Callisto is pleased to announce that the design activities have started for the prototype of a new compact, zero maintenance cryogenic Receiver including the Caltech designed QRFH feed. This new RF receiver is being developed to meet the VGOS specification for VLBI. It could also be used for more general radioastronomy applications.


Steve Rawson, CEO of Callisto gave a presentation on the  1st of July  during the Toulouse Space Show on behalf of Invest in Toulouse. He presented the advantages for Callisto to do business in the area of Toulouse since 2011 the date that Callisto moved to Villefranche de Lauragais.

Callisto will be attending the 4th Toulouse Space Show, important international gathering for space stakeholders, from 30th of June  to 2nd July 2014 at the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis.
Benoît Fauroux, Business Unit Manager together with other staff members are looking forward to meeting you at our stand C28, where some of Callisto's product range will be on display.
We will be happy to share our experience  and show our products and applications.
Take advantage of the show to see our new line of products, join us at the Toulouse Space Show....


Callisto is seeking to recruit a telecommunications engineer experienced in satellite Ground Stations to join a team of engineers working in Darmstadt Germany.

Callisto provides employment contracts conforming to German labour legislation.
Every application will be treated in strict confidence.

 The primary areas of responsibility for this position will be the architectural design and specification of Ground Stations for Earth Observation satellites, defining interfaces to the ground segment and following the development life cycle of the Ground Stations through to acceptance and commissioning for operations.
Other areas of responsibility will be:
•          Review and interpretation of high level system requirements and translation to GS requirements.
•          Undertaking communications link analysis.
•          Analysis of space segment and ground segment interfaces and data flows.
•          Development of test and validation plans.


In the same year as we celebrated our 20th anniversary, Callisto also celebrated the delivery of our 50th and 51st cryogenic system. In December 2013 we completed an order to Zodiac Data Systems for two X-band compact cryo LNAs destined for Earth Observation ground stations. Since 1997 Callisto has delivered over 50 cryogenic systems using both G-M and Stirling coolers.  


Working as a consultant engineer on the design and implementation of a complex ground segment for one of Europe's flagship space projects for the 21st century.  The European Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG) will be challenging programme requiring the best engineers Europe can muster.  The Generic Systems and infrastructure engineering team will handle the complex task of stitching together major functional elements and ensuring end-to-end performance with large volumes of data flow. The position will be covering expert support in several engineering areas and disciplines covering requirements, architectural design and technical definition of ground segment subsystems, performance, interfaces, procurement, integration and V&V. Several positions are available to experienced ground segment engineers with the correct background and qualifications. 



 Callisto has started a project to develop Ka band LNAs for Earth Observation applications.

This project will cover the development of pre-production units for:

- Conventional ambient temperature LNAs

- Compact cryogenic LNAs with 2 reception channels.

The RF band between 25.5 and 27 GHz has recently been designated for downlink of data from Earth Observation and Scientific Research spacecraft. This frequency band has just been assigned for satellite use and future satellites will operate in the frequency to reach very high data rate. Moreover, there are fewer component options compared to more commonly used frequency bands. The aim of Callisto is to develop 26GHz LNA with state-of-the-market performance and also to provide a European source for this kind of LNA.

This project is supported by ESA under a GSTP funding programme.


The ESA station maintenance team of Deep Space Antenna 3 (Malargüe, Argentine) has received support from Callisto for the preventive maintenance of the X-Band cryogenicUltra Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs).                                                                                                                                  

The cryogenic Ultra Low Noise amplifiers are  used to amplify the signal coming from ESA spacecraft and will support the forthcoming Gaia mission (launch planned in December 2013).

In addition to the maintenance support, the DSA3 staff have received a training course from Callisto. The course has been well received by the attendees who enjoyed both detailed theoretical and practical lessons on cryogenic LNA systems for their operations and maintenance.


Callisto attended the 6th ESA Workshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command Systems for Space Applications at ESOC, Darmstadt, between the 10th - 12th September 2013.

Two papers were presented by Callisto staff:

- "Zero Maintenance X-Band Cryogenic Low Noise Amplifier" presented Callisto's second generation compact X-band LNA that offers 20K noise temperature over 8.0 - 8.5GHz and a very attractive 10 years MTBF.

- "Ka-Band Ground Station Low Noise Amplifier Development for Earth Observation Missions" presented the latest progress in the development of 26GHz LNAs working at room and cryogenic temperatures. The ambient LNA based on commercial MMIC is already commercially available with a noise temperature lower than 160K over the frequency range 25.5 - 27GHz.

In addition Callisto was mentioned in ESA and CNES presentations:


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