• Space

    Drawing on a rich heritage in the design and manufacturing of frequency control and timing components and sub-systems stretching over 40 years – Quantic Wenzel is today pushing the technological boundaries to help bring a new set of capabilities for mission-critical defense and commercial space applications. We work with our customers to engineer and manufacture frequency control control and timing solutions for manned and unmanned vehicles and ground systems.

    Quantic Wenzel - Space Industry
    Quantic Wenzel - Space Industry

    Our space heritage includes:

    • X-Band synthesizers for the descent radars on the NASA Mars Curiosity and Perseverance missions.
    • Ultra-low noise oscillators for weather radars on the NPOESS and JPSS environmental satellites.
    • Ultra-low noise oscillators as a part of the Inmarsat-6 Satellite system providing reliable commercial and mission-critical communication.

    Solutions for Space Applications

    Today’s space applications demand high performance frequency control and timing solutions in smaller, lighter, more power-efficient, and cost-effective form factors. Quantic Wenzel innovates by developing low-phase noise and low-g sensitive technologies into SWaP-C efficient, affordable solutions:

    • Master Reference Crystal Oscillators
    • Frequency Synthesizers and Sub-Systems
    • Local Oscillators
    • Custom Frequency Solutions
    • Precision Timing Clocks
    • Integrated Microwave Assemblies
    • Ultra-Low Noise, Ultra Stable Oscillators
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    Why Partner with Quantic Wenzel for your Space Application?

    At Quantic Wenzel we know that your mission-critical program needs are financially and strategically important to your organization, and we take the responsibility to help you achieve your goals very seriously. From prototype to production, we consistently provide proactive, world-class customer service in our efforts to research, design and deliver innovative frequency control and timing solutions with industry-leading performance.

    Our solutions allow you to:
    • Maintain high-frequency stability
    • Significantly reduce phase noise
    • Operate reliably in environments with intense vibration
    • Withstand changes in temperature deviations
    • Endure low-g sensitive environments

    News & Resources

    June 24, 2024

    Blog: Solving Phase Noise Challenges in Space-based Cellular Networks

    The latest generation of cellular networks have revolutionized connectivity with unprecedented speed and capacity. To extend these benefits globally, developments are shifting towards space-based cellular networks. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations are being deployed to provide service from orbit, bridging connectivity gaps in remote and underserved areas. However, in the challenging space environment, maintaining precise frequency control and minimizing phase noise has been a challenge for RF engineers. Phase noise can impact data transmission quality, especially at high frequencies. […]

    Quantic Wenzel Associates | Blog Harnessing COTS Frequency Control and Timing Components for Space Applications Website Banner Graphic
    October 27, 2023

    Blog: Harnessing COTS Frequency Control and Timing Components for Space Applications

    The demand for space-based frequency control and timing components has been growing rapidly in recent years. This new trend is driven by the need for better communication, navigation, Earth observation, and scientific research. To meet these demands, missions require highly reliable and precise frequency control and timing solutions. In the past, these components were custom-designed and manufactured at great cost and with long lead times. However, Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components have emerged as a game-changer, offering cost-effective and reliable performance […]

    Quantic Wenzel Associates Website Banner Graphic | Press Release Quantic Wenzel Frequency Synthesizer to Support NASA’s Europa Clipper
    May 16, 2023

    Press Release: Quantic Wenzel Frequency Synthesizer to Support NASA’s Europa Clipper

    Austin, TX.— May 16th, 2023 – Quantic Wenzel, a leader in crystal oscillators, frequency sources, and integrated microwave assemblies has completed delivery of a space-qualified frequency synthesizer assembly for NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. Scheduled to launch next year, the spacecraft will orbit Jupiter to perform a detailed exploration of Europa – a moon that shows evidence for an ocean of liquid water beneath its icy crust and which could host conditions suitable for life. “Our support of the Europa Clipper mission […]