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The project objectives are focused in developing a novel ground station concept combining gateway and TT&C services based on an advanced electronic scanning multibeam antenna product (eScan) able to track simultaneously several Ka-Band satellites of LEO and MEO satellite megaconstellations.
The product solves and incoming satellite mega-constellations system inefficiency/problem- the need for a large number of different motorised- based reflectors farm to track many non-GEO satellites from a certain teleport site- in a very innovative way.
The main challenges of the project are technical and arise from the combination of the high demanding requirements in terms of:
They impose several design decisions in order to maintain the product complexity at a manageable level while providing high performances based on the state of the art of several key technologies.
The eScan antenna represents a new paradigm for the Satellite Ground Stations, and evolves completely the way they are designed, produced, implemented, tested and operated, with many benefits of all types associated:
The main features of eScan are:
The architecture of the product is based on the following building blocks:
And the following external interfaces:
The overall development logic of the project considers the following phases:
Project is at the beginning of the Definition Phase. On-going activities include the initial analysis and trade-offs to be reviewed in the Mid Term Analysis Review (DP-AR) milestone.
Initial efforts have been put on: