About GRACE

The GRACE project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821270”. The objective of GRACE is to develop surface mount W-band (93-100 GHz) radar components for Enhanced Flight Vison Systems (EFVSs) that permit take-off, landing and taxiing in poor visibility conditions, where landing would not be safe otherwise.

Millimetre-wave radar technology is expected to be a critical complement to infrared (IR) technology in future EFVS systems. In poor-visibility conditions (snow, rain, fog, and dust) radar technology has the potential to improve the Air Traffic Management (ATM) significantly with improved rates of on-time landing and taking off, increased safety, and eventually reduced CO2 gas emissions with as much as 10% resulting from the reduced number of unsuccessful landing attempts followed by a go-around.

The specific objectives of GRACE are to develop
  • A W-band Power Amplifier (PA) MMIC with output power in the range of 500mW to 1W 
  • A W-band signal-source MMIC with state-of-the art far-carrier phase noise performance 
  • A fan out wafer level packaging (FOWLP) flow for the designed W-band MMICs 
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The GRACE project started officially on November 1, 2018. A virtual kick off meeting was held on November 29. A face to face kick off meeting was held in Hällsnäs, outside Gothenburg, on January 21-22, 2019. The face to face meeting was well attended with 17 engaged participants from the four partners and the topic initiator Saab AB.

Photo from kick-off meeting at Hällsnäs.
From left: Florent Gamand (MC2), Frida Strömbäck (Chalmers), Seyyedehneda Seyyedhosseinzadeh (Chalmers), Marco Rossi (IZM), Ivan Ndip (IZM), Marc Marilier (OMMIC), Dan Kuylenstierna (Chalmers), Amanda Peatite (Saab), Sten Gunnarsson (Saab), Terpsithea Ketegeni (Chalmers), Robert Gernhardt (IZM), Tanja Braun (IZM), Christophe Gaquiere (MC2).
Missing on photo: Niklas Billström (Saab), Mattias Thorsell (Saab), Yu Yan (Chalmers), Thi Ngoc Thanh Do (Chalmers). 

Published: Tue 06 Oct 2020.