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  • IFM Nano

    Status date: 17 November 2017

    For the IFM Nano Thruster Module, FOTEC uses an electric propulsion system based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. The thruster uses Indium as the propellant, which is ionized through a strong electric field. Lifetime testing has exceeded 18,000 hours and the thrust level is controllable from 10μN-1mN with a specific impulse ranging from 2,000-5,000 seconds.

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  • KaLENS

    Status date: 16 November 2017

    The next generation of Ka-band satellites will allow a considerable reduction in wireless broadband access costs on-the-move. Mobility requires beam steering at the user terminal to maintain the satellite link. An effort is required to allow smaller affordable mobile terminal antennas mounted on top of vehicles like trains, car or planes without sacrificing performance. There is a trade-off among several possible antenna solutions in terms complexity, weight and cost. Pure mechanical steering solutions promise very low-cost antennas, while competing in terms of performance. The downsides tends to be the antenna volume and mechanical complexity. The project proposes a new concept of mechanically steered Ka-band antenna based on a passive transmit-array design that scans the beam just by its in-plane translations over a fixed single feed (or mixed translation of the transmit-array and a single feed). This favors antenna low profile and lightweight. A single aperture is used to operate simultaneously in the downlink and uplink bands with circular polarization. The proposed solution requires less volume and less weight compared to reflector-based solutions. At the same time, the developed solution allows lower production costs than phased array antenna solutions.

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  • RazorLink® Smart Networking

    Status date: 14 November 2017

    RazorLink® Smart Networking is an SD-WAN solution that offers a seamless, carrier agnostic transition between terrestrial and satellite communications - a headline objective for 5G services.

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  • MCAMv3

    Status date: 14 November 2017

    The objective of this project is to develop and manufacture a new generation of miniaturised cameras (M-CAM) based on previous concepts. The "MCAMv3" shall be based as much as possible on “plug and play” features, in order to obtain the smallest generic and qualified space camera owning standard interfaces.

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  • KAL

    Status date: 07 November 2017

    Following key activities in the telecom payload product area have been performed: - Development, industrialization and qualification of two 4-pack Kaband LNA EQMs; one with primary power interface and one with secondary power interface.

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  • SATis5

    Status date: 06 November 2017

    SATis5 aims to build a large-scale real-time live end-to-end 5G integrated satellite terrestrial network proof-of-concept testbed. The demonstrator testbed implements, deploys and evaluates an integrated satellite-terrestrial 5G network, showcasing the benefits of the satellite integration with the terrestrial infrastructures as part of a comprehensive communication system. Relevant satellite use cases for 5G to be demonstrated in SATis5 include enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and massive machine type communications (mMTC). The SATis5 demonstrator covers live, over-the-air GEO and MEO satellite field demonstrations in addition to laboratory emulations and simulations in a federation of testbeds. The demonstrator is an open federation of resources that can integrate or incorporate additional resources and testbeds in the future providing a more diverse set of experiments and demonstrations.

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  • PVA De-risking

    Status date: 06 November 2017

    The objective of this project was to de-risk technologies and critical processes to be able to develop an automatic manufacturing of PhotoVoltaic Assemblies (PVA). This study was concluded with the successful manufacturing and thermal cycling of 2 PVA coupons. Additionally a co-engineering study was performed with tool suppliers, to define a preliminary technical solution for the PVA automated manufacturing line.

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  • IFM 350 Nano Thruster - IOD

    Status date: 31 October 2017

    For the ICEYE precursor mission, FOTEC is developing an electric propulsion system. It is based on FEEP (field emission electric propulsion) ion thruster technology. A cluster of seven identical IFM nano thruster modules is manufactured - each capable of delivering up to 350 µN thrust. This redundant design ensures high reliability and versatility of the propulsion system.

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  • GHOST

    Status date: 26 October 2017

    The goal of the GHOST is to develop a flexible measurement instrument to facilitate the verification of wideband satellite channels without interrupting the customer service as well as avoiding interfering with other satellites during orbital movements.

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  • Ku-Band MPA EM

    Status date: 24 October 2017

    The purpose of the project is to design, manufacture and test an Engineering Model Multi-port Amplifier operating in the Ku-band. This allows demonstration of RF performances, confirmation of the performance predictions and demonstration of the calibration functions of an MPA. The project ensures risks are retired and the path to a future Flight Model is identified.

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  • High Voltage Switching Matrix

    Status date: 17 October 2017

    In Electric Propulsion systems often cross-switching of high voltage lines is required. Nowadays this kind of switching is usually done with high voltage relays. Benefits are expected by replacing the relays with semiconductors. The challenge will be the use of advanced semiconductors capable to deal with high voltages, related to Hall Effect Thruster and Ion Engines.

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  • Satellite Ephemeris Estimator

    Status date: 17 October 2017

    A feasibility study for a passive ranging system to estimate satellites ephemeris for LEOP/Orbital move/MEO and LEO satellites.

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  • Beam Former Chip for Phased Array Antenna

    Status date: 05 October 2017

    This project covers the development of a Digital Beam Former ASIC that enables the use of multiple antenna elements to perform beam forming.

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  • Ka-band radio characterisation for SatCom services in arctic and high latitude regions

    Status date: 02 October 2017

    Satellite services in the High North are utilised extensively for both communication purposes and for earth and climate observations. The project results are based on up to three year measurements at 20 GHz with co-sited meteorological data. They suggest that services can be provided with 99 % availability for systems with elevation angles as low as 3.2.

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  • C-Band INET/ONET

    Status date: 27 September 2017

    Development and qualification of components, switches and filters as standalone equipment and as subassemblies (INET, ONET) in C-Band.

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  • Mega-Constellations as Enablers for New Services and Applications Opportunities

    Status date: 27 September 2017

    This activity is aimed at identifying and analysing services and applications on which the deployment of satcom mega-constellations could bring remarkable changes. Six promising areas of interest will be assessed: Weather monitoring and forecasting, Disaster risk alert systems, Government and administration outreach, Train and tram, Containers tracking, Artic sea transport.

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  • Unicorn 2

    Status date: 27 September 2017

    Designing, building and testing the most advanced and first commercially-viable picosatellite in conjunction with a PocketQube Orbital Deployer - the means with which to launch a large number of PocketQubes profitably.

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  • EPTOS

    Status date: 20 September 2017

    EPTOS project developed a flight dynamics product able to optimize the orbital transfer trajectory and attitude for novel commercial telecom GEO satellites that employ electric propulsion for orbit raising to GEO. The final product has been integrated in GMV’s commercial focusleop product, part of GMV’s focussuite flight dynamics system, flight-proven and highly reliable software devoted to ground control of commercial satellites during LEOP.

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  • Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) with Satellite Access for Public Safety Operations

    Status date: 13 September 2017

    The project is about the development of a communication gateway product that comprises features and functionalities, which allow the efficient linking of Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) to satellite networks. The development addresses the market of public safety organisations which do have a requirement for mobile broadband communication solutions with a high availability at the respective operation sites. Key requirements from public safety organisations in the areas of mobility management, security and QoS provisioning will be fulfilled by the solution to be developed. Fulfilling the customers’ requirements, being fully operational and providing an easy handling will facilitate the market entry.

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  • MEMS FCM for EP

    Status date: 08 September 2017

    The objective of this project was to design, build and test an engineering model of a Xenon Flow Control Module using MEMSbased flow control elements. The primary application for this MEMSbased Xenon flow controller module is existing and future medium and high power Electric Propulsion thruster applications.

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  • KHT - Krypton Hall Thrusters

    Status date: 06 September 2017

    Starting from an existing EP technology to be potentially employed for Next Generation Telecom Platforms, the effects on both thruster and system-level performance of propellants selected to be potentially alternative to Xe have been assessed through the development of mathematical models and dedicated test sessions.

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  • D2RF

    Status date: 28 August 2017

    The output of the current generation of digital processors, used on commercial satellite missions, is either at baseband, or a low IF. This signal must then be up-converted to the operating frequency of the spacecraft, such as C, Ku or Ka-band. The need for these up-converters significantly increases the cost per output of digitally processed payloads. This study will investigate if/how conventional frequency up-converters could be replaced with an Ultra-high-speed DAC’s.

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  • Broadband Linearisers (BLIN)

    Status date: 28 July 2017

    As the key nonlinear building block of a linearized channel amplifier (LCAMP) the linearizer must compensate a broad variety of TWT nonlinearities. A set of new RF equalizer MMICs provides a greater tuning flexibility by electronic means, thus making hardware modifications obsolete.

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  • NGROBP

    Status date: 20 July 2017

    Broadband satellite systems are at a unique position for providing telecommunication infrastructure in security critical situations for effectively dealing with emergency and disaster management, and rescue and relief operations. Disasters are unpredictable in space and time and often take place in areas with non-existing, partially damaged or completely destroyed communication infrastructure, compromising any rescue and recovery effort. The proposed next generation of satellite OBP hosted payloads could help in these extreme conditions.

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  • BiSon64 production optimisation

    Status date: 17 July 2017

    Production optimization of a small and affordable high reliability sunsensor

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  • Calvera

    Status date: 17 July 2017

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  • STELLA MAX

    Status date: 06 July 2017

    The feasibility study of VDES satellite component system consisted in exploring user needs and required services, defining satellite technical solutions in response of the user needs and performing trade-off analyses of the satellite technical solutions.

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  • NOVEL

    Status date: 30 June 2017

    The project demonstrates that the DVB-S2X standard can be a common technology enabler for land-mobile, aeronautical, and maritime satellite services, in addition to the fixed VSAT. The reference design implements novel features such as super-frame format #3, a robust synchronization chain, signal predistortion, and a convolutional interleaver. The test system can operate down to -6 dB SNR.

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  • Wideband Flexible Front-End Design for DTH Receivers

    Status date: 27 June 2017

    The activity is aimed at design and prototyping of a novel wideband flexible front-end, capable to appropriately down convert, digitise and process a single or multiple input IF carriers with a (aggregate) bandwidth of up to 500 MHz.

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  • BELLOWS

    Status date: 27 June 2017

    Identification and verification of an advanced manufacturing technique capable of processing a propellant-compatible material for the production of space grade bellows.

  • SHADOW

    Status date: 27 June 2017

    This project investigates the possibility of providing a generic mixer system that is capable of offering a versatile downconverter for a front end system. This in the sense that a multitude of frequency bands can be dealt with using just one component. It comes in contrast to the use of a dedicated/custom system for each one of the bands.

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  • Independent Tracking Dual Beam (ITDB) Antenna

    Status date: 23 June 2017

    The objective of this project was the design and breadboarding of a single ground station terminal antenna able to track two simultaneous satellites in MEO orbit allowing the handover process.

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  • ADS

    Status date: 22 June 2017

    ADS for antennas. The A-ADS system enables the deployment of satellite antennas with a large diameter and an extended focal length. The articulated (segmented) boom can be folded in several configurations on the spacecraft sidewall. Three hold-down points, based on similar technology as used on Airbus Defence and Space NL solar arrays (heritage of >500 releases with 100% success), will assure safe accommodation during launch and shock-free release in orbit. The boom deploys by means of spring-driven hinges interconnected by means of synchronization cables, similar to solar arrays. The deployment speed is controlled by an actuator. When fully deployed, the hinges are locked, providing a very stiff structure, essential for disturbance-free pointing of the antenna. The pitch-and-roll pointing mechanism (ADTM Mk2 gimbal by Airbus Defence and Space with over 23 in orbit), is located close to the reflector assuring high pointing accuracy. The A-ADS has a modular design, which allows a wide range of mission configurations by tuning only a few design parameters. This approach in combination with the use of standard building blocks minimizes the non-recurring design effort for a specific application and allows any desired configuration. A special kinematic model is available to assess the design parameters of the A-ADS based on customer inputs.

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  • Generic Flexible Payload Solution

    Status date: 21 June 2017

    Enhancing capacity and flexibility is one of the major challenges for new-generation of payloads. The interest of two major European Telecommunication Operators for these solutions has motivated the present study in order to define the possible Generic Payload Solutions in line with the Operator views and with the objective of taking benefit of their guidelines for the down-selection of preferred payload scenarios.

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  • New LCAMP Technologies

    Status date: 16 June 2017

    In order to reduce equipment cost a Breadboard LCAMP based on new and innovative technologies and equipment tuning is to be developed. Herby development activities are focused on three main issues: 1) Mixed Signal ASIC to achieve maximum integration of electrical components 2) LTCC technology including a cost- and time-minimized assembly process 3) Fully automated equipment tuning

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  • VEGA

    Status date: 16 June 2017

    VEGA will introduce DVB-S2X capabilities into the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform as well as developed the high performant MDM5000 modem as addition to the Newtec modem portfolio.

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  • PPU for Full Electric SATCOM: qualification phase

    Status date: 15 June 2017

    The aim of the project is to define and qualified the PPU Mk3 to drive 5kW Hall Effect Thruster.

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  • SMP Switch Module

    Status date: 12 June 2017

    Development of an EQM Switch Module as part of a SMP concept intended to support a wide variety of telecoms and science missions using the next generation of deep sub-micron digital processing technology.

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  • DVB-CIDD

    Status date: 08 June 2017

    The purpose of this activity will be to implement the required receiver technologies to detect multiple DVB-CID signals, and verify the effectiveness of current technologies in realistic interference scenario. The activity will be instrumental to enhance and improve the capability for detecting the presence of unwanted transmitter signatures.

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  • NGSSN

    Status date: 29 May 2017

    The NGSSN Project addresses the Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) scenario which is characterised by a new SATCOM service-class fitting between COMSATCOM services, not offering guarantees for robustness and sufficient availability, and MILSATCOM services, which are both too expensive and too difficult to implement for conventional use in low or medium intensity crises.

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  • MHPKU

    Status date: 29 May 2017

    Due to the increasing market requirements for FSS and BSS services in Ku-band, Airbus decided to replace the over ten years successfully used Ortho Mode Transducers (OMT) by a set of new developed ones. Three new devices were designed, built and qualified for space application. These products cover all demands with respect to frequency band, polarisation, RF power and performance.

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  • SIGEM2M

    Status date: 29 May 2017

    The M2M market is increasing fast and more bandwidth is required. Ku-band M2M services can offer this bandwidth but require low-cost front-end components to be accepted by the market. The SiGeM2M project is demonstrating the implementation of the complete front-end transmitter functionality in a low-cost and low-power SiGe RF IC.

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  • M2M IoT Maker Space For Satellite Communications

    Status date: 19 May 2017

    The European Space Agency (ESA) and Dublin City University have joined forces to establish a Satcom IoT ‘Maker Space’, which will support the development of innovative Machine-to -Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for satellite communications.

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  • OCEAN

    Status date: 16 May 2017

    This project analyses and characterises cost-effectiveness of broadband solutions involving satellite systems vs. terrestrial-only architecture. Reference network architecture designs targeting end users in rural areas are based on three geo-economic regions, supported by a numerical and visualisation tool to elaborate sample test cases and a pilot measurement campaign to assess the broadband quality of the satellite solution.

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  • SECURESAT

    Status date: 12 May 2017

    Govsatcom services shall be provided to European Public Safety entities thanks to different means : classic commercial services, adequate procurement schemes to ensure immediate and guarantee access on either commercial assets or governmental assets, or dedicated Govsatcom assets. The aim of Securesat study is: first, to assess the Users and Mission requirements for Govsatcom communications, secondly to identify existing (or soon to be deployed) assets and adequate procurement models that can answer to these requirements,and then to identify the remaining gap and to define complementary new assets to fulfil the full set of requirements. The candidate solutions shall be evaluated through a trade-off to identify the best solutions (taking into account cost-effective parameters). Among the future assets, the development that could be part of a precursor will be identified and a first design will be realised.

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  • BiSon74-ET-RH

    Status date: 08 May 2017

    Sunsensor that can withstand both the heat and the cold associated with extendable solar panel mounting and exhibiting increased radiation tolerance so as to allow prolonged operation in or near the radiation belts.

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  • 2.5D PCB Technology

    Status date: 05 May 2017

    The 2.5D technology for Slipring Assembly project has been performed to demonstrate that a Slipring assembly based on 2.5D printed circuit board (PCB) technology can replace in future space mechanisms the currently used risky and costly concept.

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  • MAM

    Status date: 04 May 2017

    Following key development activities in the on-board processing converter product area have been performed: - The development of a Ka to L Downconverter - Development of converter multipliers MMICs. - Market survey for commercial off the shelf MMIC image reject mixers (IRM).

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  • HTMod2

    Status date: 04 May 2017

    In the frame of the contract 4000110670/14/NL/US a 100 Volt High torque Wheel Drive Electronic with analogue interface for a Reaction Wheel was qualified. In the frame of this qualification, which was performed on Reaction Wheel Assembly level, several features of the heritage wheel drive electronics were improved and qualified.

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  • M2MSAT

    Status date: 02 May 2017

    Satellite systems have unique advantages for M2M/IoT such as broad coverage and connecting remote areas where there is no or limited terrestrial network infrastructure. Today’s M2M/IoT protocols work well in terrestrial settings, while their applicability for space communication systems has received little attention so far. This project analyses existing M2M/IoT protocols and investigates into possible improvements for satellite systems.

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