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  • SPYRUS

    Status date: Nov

    This development intends to provide a cost efficient solution for applications involving on-board Processing of RF signals or Data Collection, for low bandwidth missions, targeting in particuliar Internet-of-Things (IoT) / low data rate Machine-To-Machine (M2M) communications, but also spectrum survey, geo-location, data collection in general.

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  • VDE-SAT Downlink Verification

    Status date: Nov

    In this project, the Space Norway led consortium with Kongsberg Seatex and FFI have measured the actual downlink performance of the world´s first VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload in space under realistic conditions in the Arctic and at other locations. At the time of contract award, in 2015, the downlink waveforms were not specified and no satellite capacity was available.

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  • Antennas for large volume production

    Status date: Nov

    ESA ARTES C&G program supports MDA in the development and qualification of new antenna design in a context of a megaconstellation. Manufacturing, assembly and testing methods suitable for larger volume production of spacecraft antenna will be demonstrated in order to meet the demand of current and future satellite constellations.

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  • Ka-Band full TC OMUX

    Status date: Oct

    THALES ALENIA SPACE IN FRANCE is looking for solutions to improve its competitiveness in terms of Ka-band equipments, payloads and satellites. As far as Ka-band output filtering is concerned, use of Temperature Compensated OMUX is foreseen. This technology leads to an improvement of the input power limitation, footprint, useful bandwidth and electrical in band performances The five channels high power Ka band full TC OMUX qualification allows to increase the competitiveness of THALES ALENIA SPACE IN FRANCE products by fulfilling identified customer requirements as Military, DTH analogic, HTS and VHTS satellite applications.

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  • IOT SATBACK

    Status date: Oct

    The project’s outcomes deal with the design, implementation, test and demonstration of a prototype backhauling solution (satellite terminal, satellite gateway and NB-IoT network functions) which is capable of providing NB-IoT backhauling services. The purposes of this activity is using the latest satellite backhauling technologies and standards in order to provide a more efficient backhauling of NB-IoT cells over satellite. The prototype is embedded in a testbed which represents a realistic environment with regard to a future deployment.

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  • SCNE

    Status date: Oct

    The SCNE enables to study and assess protocol performances of new LEO constellations, ranging from low speed data collection and mobile communications, to broadband and broadcast services. The co-simulation approach, which couples orbital and network simulation, facilitates the correlation between network and orbital events and enables to analyze long simulation periods in a short time frame.

  • Agile Command Receiver

    Status date: Oct

    The Rx2 unit is the second-generation command receiver designed and manufactured at Kongsberg Norspace. The command receiver is to be used for spacecraft telemetry, tracking and commands (TT&C). The Unit design is in-orbit programmable up to 750MHz bandwidth, and prepared for receiving commands and ranging signals at C-band, Ku-band or Ka-band.

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  • NEA

    Status date: Oct

    RUAG Space AB have developed and qualified horn assemblies for global Ku-Band coverage TTC, Ka-Band IOT payload Rx/Tx and Beacon. The RUAG GNSS antenna design has within the scope of work evolved to withstand harsher random environment. All antennas are well adapted for new platforms such as NEOSAT.

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  • BEHOP

    Status date: Oct

    This project represents the basis for enabling satellite systems using beam hopping capabilities. Beam hopping, based on the DVB-S2X transmission standard, enables time sharing of satellite capacity among different beams, making satellite systems more flexible and efficient. The satellite performs demultiplexing of the uplink signal and distribution via periodic switching of the satellite beam to different coverage areas. The switching time plan as well as the addressed coverage areas and coverage shapes can be reconfigured according to actual needs. In the context of such activity, a modulator, two terminals, as well as a beam-switching payload emulator are developed using the DVB-S2X Super-Framing Format 4 waveform.

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  • NELS

    Status date: Oct

    Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (ADSN) has developed, and continuously updated over the past two decades, a non-explosive low shock Hold Down and Release System for its Advanced Rigid Array and Flatpack Solar Array families. Many hundreds of these systems have released a variety of solar arrays and other deployable systems with 100% success. The NELS program objective is to develop a substitute for the existing Hold Down and Release System, which is more robust and has an extended preload capacity.

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  • LOCOMO

    Status date: Oct

    LOCOMO project is envisaged to design and develop a low cost and compact Ka-band mobile satcom terminal, which provides broadband on-the-move communications to emergency, governmental and security networks.

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  • SpaceOps

    Status date: Oct

    The objective of this proposal was to design and develop the next generation of Mission Control Centre (MCC NG), to propose a complete and optimised solution to operate simply and maximize the capacity of future flexible payloads.

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  • OWR-RFE

    Status date: Oct

    The aim of the study is to design, manufacture and test an EBB (Elegant BreadBoard) of an opto-microwave wideband reconfigurable receiver front-end (OWR-RFE) for future broadband telecom payloads.

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  • EPFC

    Status date: Sep

    This project investigates the possibility of providing an optical frequency converter based in integrated photonic circuit (PIC). In this project two main photonics platforms are investigated; Silicon photonics and Heterogeneous integration of InP-on-Silicon photonics. It comes in contrast that indeed integrated circuit provides more compact, energy deficient and low mass solution for the optical microwave applications.

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  • PICSAL

    Status date: Sep

    Pilot Photonics has developed the world’s smallest and most versatile optical comb source based on photonic integration. Through PICSAL, its broad applicability to space applications including inter-satellite communication, fiber optic sensing, frequency generation, and frequency metrology is explored.

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  • PreDem

    Status date: Sep

    The challenge is that increasing throughput simply by increasing frequency reuse results in significant intra-system interference for co-channel beams in multi-beam satellite systems. The solution is to apply joint processing of the signals intended to the different beams at the gateway for interference management. This processing, precoding, ‘reverts’ the impact of the satellite RF channel and interferences.

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  • KaMobile

    Status date: Sep

    This study analyses the requirements, constraints and trade-offs for a SatCom system for receiving multimedia services in a mobile, on-the-go (e.g. automotive) setting using Ka-band frequencies. The analysis targets both technical as well as business oriented points of views and uses a software-based physical layer simulation to verify the feasibility of the identified approach. Results reach from technical answers like waveform design and end-to-end performance, over the quality of the experience for the user up to economic considerations like total cost of ownership and business cases.

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  • JAMES CCN3

    Status date: Sep

    The JAMES CCN3 project goal is the development of a RF test set-up using optical fibres as links between RF test bench and telecommunication payloads in AIT. The first phase was dedicated to design the test set-up allowing gain stability improvement, to realize a representative breadboard and test it over temperature. The second phase focused on the study and bread-boarding of a representative use case, featuring hundreds of accesses, with a solution involving optical wavelength multiplexing. It resulted in the validation of an end-to-end set-up, including elaboration of a TVAC compatible RF power probe. The solution proved particularly suited to uplinks, while more work is required to operate in downlink, specifically due to sensitive components bias.

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  • SITKA

    Status date: Sep

    The SITKA project covers the development of a highly integrated, low power, low cost, RF transceiver ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) targeted at VSAT satellite system ground terminals. The ASIC is a critical component for two way communications equipment which supports DTH (direct to home) interactive services, broadband connectivity and enterprise services in Ka frequency band.

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  • ESA MC 8585

    Status date: Aug

    This activity is aimed at identifying and analysing services and applications for which the deployment of satcom mega-constellations could bring remarkable changes. After the identification and assessment of six promising areas of interest, a business case and gap analysis particularly highlighted three most promising areas in which potential applications and services could be developed: •Weather monitoring and forecasting; •Government and administration services; •Artic transport.

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

    Status date: Aug

    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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  • HRDCP

    Status date: Aug

    The project’s first objective was the development of a Data Collection Platform Transmitter for METEOSAT HRDCP as well as for SRDCP and GOES. The transmitter is an essential component within autonomous DCPs working in environments with little or even no infrastructure for communication and electrical power supply. The second objective was the definition and prototype implementation of a New Air DCP radio interface, the Enhanced DCP (EDCP) providing a service to a wider range of applications.

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  • Definition of Propagation Elements for System Design of Broadband Satellite Systems in Ka and Q/V Band

    Status date: Aug

    This projects aims to review and develop channel models, data and tools tailored for the design of High-Capacity Flexible Broadband Satellite Systems operating (Q/V and Ka Band) with a major focus on future system at Q/V Band.

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  • ViaDrone

    Status date: Aug

    The ViaDrone activity develops and demonstrates a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in non-segregated airspace complying with current air traffic management (ATM) requirements. By developing air and ground communication systems to allow RPA missions in non-segregated airspace and enabling commercial applications for Drones. The activity includes the development of a CNS and a remote pilot system using SatCom, Radio and GNSS.

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  • L-Band SSPA

    Status date: Aug

    A high efficiency GaN based SSPA for avionics SATCOM applications has been developed. High efficiency with large HPA output back-off brought in by the Doherty architecture and digital pre-distortion linearisation provides passive cooling, flexibility of installation and size and cost savings.

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  • High Power Q Band Isolator

    Status date: Aug

    The project was to design, manufacture and test a Q-Band 100 Watt class isolator EM capable to operate in full reverse power.

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  • SPACEBUS PERFORMANCE

    Status date: Jul

    Improvements of SPACEBUS 4000C family enable Thales Alenia Space to propose their customers more competitive solutions for payloads up to 14 kW & 1 ton mass, as well as electrical propulsion to enable such increased payload capacity.

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  • Design Tool for High Performance Antenna Systems with Periodic and Quasi-Periodic Surfaces

    Status date: Jul

    The objective of the activity is to develop a design tool for RF analysis and optimisation of advanced reflector antenna systems that consist/involve periodic or quasi-periodic surfaces that can either reflect or transmit electromagnetic fields to fulfil certain radiation characteristics when illuminated by an external source.

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  • KaUF

    Status date: Jul

    A Ka band feed chain, especially designed for user applications is developed. Dimensions and mass shall be minimised to enable an increased number of feed chains per satellite in order to realise higher data rates.

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  • ASCENT

    Status date: Jul

    The ASCENT project studies spectrum sharing between satellite and terrestrial networks, focusing especially on 5G pioneer bands from 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz and from 24.25 GHz to 27.5 GHz. Licensed shared access (LSA) is considered the most promising approach to implement sharing in pioneer bands. The ASCENT project develops an LSA testbed for these bands, proposing also cost efficient spectrum sharing between 5G satellite and terrestrial networks for different verticals.

  • MEGA APPS

    Status date: Jun

    Mega-constellations are large networks of low-cost satellites, operating in Low Earth Orbit, providing low latency communication, worldwide coverage and low-cost broadband capacity. This study identifies promising services/applications based on mega-constellations, starting from user requirements, deriving the system architecture, assessing the business opportunity and identifying the required actions for the services/application implementation and commercial roll-out.

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  • Sat4Train

    Status date: Jun

    Sat4Train provides multi-bearers train-to-ground communication integrated with Satcom for railway applications, including train control systems. It is based on bearer-independency and separation of the application layer from the radio access technologies. It allows the use of any available terrestrial and satellite public communication service. Quality of service is guaranteed by cognitive algorithms, supporting the bearers selection on a predictive-model basis.

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  • SCAT

    Status date: Jun

    The SCAT project objective is to design, develop and prototype a miniaturized C-Band Transceiver for the management of remote controls and telemetry on Small Satellites, with the additional capability to be used as medium rate feeder link, up to 40 Mbit/s. Moreover, SCAT project is aimed at lowering radio regulatory hurdles for small satellite missions.

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  • esaCross

    Status date: Jun

    Critical public infrastructure is migrating to IP which makes optimization of hybrid networks essential to provide the performance needed. The overall objective of the project is to develop a testbed to study QoS based routing in integrated satellite-terrestrial networks. Such networks provide multiple parallel or serial paths between the communication end points.

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  • W-Cube

    Status date: Jun

    The activity includes the design and development of the W-band beacon together with the propagation receivers and the manufacturing of the Cubesat platform that will host the beacon. The objectives are the undertaking of atmospheric channel propagation measurements of the signal from this beacon and the analysis and delivery the processed propagation data at W-band. This work will help prepare for future High-Through-Put satellite communication systems.

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  • Triple Band Feed Horn

    Status date: Jun

    The triple band feed horn is addressing the increasing use of Ka-band payloads for broadband applications on satellite orbital slots that also provide TV services in Ku-band. This means that space assets at the same orbital slot can be used to deliver these services to end-user households via a single antenna.

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  • MOB PPP

    Status date: Jun

    Through the Artes C&G R&D project “MOB PPP” (Pre & Post Processors for L-band and S-band Digital Beam Forming GEO Mobiles) with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has designed, developed and successfully qualified an EQM suitable for pre & post processing of digital beam forming L- & S- band mobile services satellites

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  • EPC HT

    Status date: Jun

    The objective was to design, manufacture and test a high voltage power module breadboard within electronic power conditioners to enable operations at higher temperatures. An evaluation was performed on critical identified components specifically on Silicon Carbide High Voltage Diodes and High Voltage Capacitors. In the frame of this project, TAS-B has also evaluated a new technology item in order to sustain high temperature environment in potted HV Module.

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  • Sat>IP WiFi Hotspot

    Status date: May

    The Sat>IP WiFi Hotspot idea is a device that closely integrates a traditional SAT>IP server and standard WiFi router into a single system. Primarily the device will be used in public spaces to convert broadcast linear TV into IP and multicast it over a network to a potentially large number of mobile (wirelessly connected) client devices.

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  • 30 GHz Dielectric Resonator MUX/DEMUX

    Status date: Apr

    Development and Qualification of a 30 GHz Dielectric Resonator Combining Multiplexer and Demultiplexer

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  • Software Tool for Combined Optimization of Reflector and Feed Systems

    Status date: Mar

    The product developed in this activity supplements the industry’s preferred reflector modelling tool, GRASP, by adding fast modelling of feed chains as well as optimization capabilities. The new add-on product to GRASP will offer a unique single-tool solution for an end-to-end RF design of space born reflector antennas and reflector-based user terminals.

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  • Generic Maritime Safety Terminal (MST)

    Status date: Mar

    Development of the second generation Maritime Safety Terminal (MST) and gaining Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) FleetBroadband approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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  • VDE-SAT Validation Platform

    Status date: Mar

    The VDES uplink testbed consists of a fast software based global system simulator, a hardware rack for ship transmitter or a satellite receiver testing, a software PL modulator/demodulator and a low power test transmitter. The system is used to test VDES compatibility and system performance over a wide range of conditions.

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  • Taosatt

    Status date: Mar

    The project entailed the development of an “Always Online” single enclosure, outdoor grade, data router capable of connecting local users and systems over wired and wireless Ethernet to remote sites vial cellular and satellite communications networks.

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  • OMINIFIT

    Status date: Mar

    High performance, narrow-band, miniaturized filters for satellite communications in L and S band based on dielectric loaded cavities.

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  • Half-Height Antenna System

    Status date: Mar

    Providing a lower-profile antenna for Satellite communications unlocks larger markets as long as the price does not rise disproportionately. Our design offers on the relatively low profile achievable with the lens concept with uncompromised RF performance and at a cost comparable to that of a reflector based system.

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  • D2RF

    Status date: Mar

    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 has investigated if/how conventional frequency up-converters could be replaced with an Ultra-highspeed DAC’s

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  • FLEXIBLE COMMAND RECEIVER

    Status date: Feb

    The aim of the project is to develop a Frequency Flexible Command Receiver Prototype Flight Model and to have it launched on board Eutelsat E8WB. Performance data are to be documented during unit production, Satellite IOT and after an operational period of 12 months.

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  • Robotic Feed

    Status date: Feb

    The Ka-band feed positioner enables cross polarisation to be optimised, while the terminal is transmitting. For 1.8 and larger offset Ka-band reflectors, this saves a lot of installation time, because the AzEl don’t need adjustment. Having set the AzEl for receive cross polarisation, the transmit will be a few millimetres away, and this can be achieved in a few seconds by moving the feed. For inclined tracking, the motorised feed saves cost, freight, installation time and running costs compared to a AzEl solution. The feed can be fitted retrospectively to an existing antenna. It is positioned by connection to TLE.

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  • Bundled Waveguide Harness

    Status date: Feb

    Waveguide harnesses for multi-beam satellite applications are contributing a substantial portion of the overall payload mass budget. Thus, a novel bundled waveguide harness solution has been developed that provides essential advantages over state-of-the-art implementations. It does not only exhibit mass savings of more than 20%, but also improved insertion loss, compact size, facilitation of the installation and remarkable cost reductions.

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