The objective of this project is to support the DVB-RCS technology on its way to a suitable, market-oriented and well-developed data transmission technique. This support is provided to the SatLabs Group which has been established around ESA/ESTEC DVB-RCS activities.
This project is to be seen as a long term project which reacts to the evolvements of the DVB-RCS market as well as new developments in the DVB-RCS standardisation bodies. The aim is to enforce DVB-RCS terminal compliance and interoperability by establishing a SatLabs Qualification Program (SQP). This activity contains several actions which are completed from time to time by further steps, especially when new requirements evolve from the SatLabs definitions.
The activities at a glance:
ESA/SatLabs will be supported in the preparation of test plans and procedures, the specification of test equipment and the realisation of tests for interoperability and compliance. The implementation plan also includes the support of the development of test equipment for interoperability and compliance testing.
Initially the basic interoperability of DVB-RCS systems was the focus of the project. However, systems evolved during the past years. Hence, the requirements for interoperability were to be aligned with the actual market developments. Currently, the SatLabs Qualification Program is entering its phase 2 in which - beside the basic interoperability - also addresses features like DVB-S2 (in the forward channel), Quality of Service (QoS), a harmonised management and control plane (HM&C) and performance related features (I-PEP).
For each of these features new test cases are developed in the course of this project. The implementation of this new set of test cases and their validation on the on the Common-Test-Bed (developed under another ESA/ESTEC project) are also part of this project.
Main benefits are:
A System Architecture is not applicable for this project.