European Space Agency

Objectives

Project objectives include:

  • Two types of terminal IDUs:
    • High-volume, low cost for consumer & SME market (SatLink 2000),
    • High-performance, high-capacity for industrial, telecom, government, military, and mobile VSAT markets (SatLink 2900),
    • Both are evolutions of prior SatLink terminal IDUs (SatLink 1000 and 1910) with more powerful CPUs and FPGAs.
  • Common 1U hardware module (SatLink 8560) for both Return Link System (RLS) and Forward Link System (FLS), where the function is determined by firmware/software load and fully integrated with IP packet processing.
    • Both are more powerful evolutions of prior SatLink 8550 RLS and FLS.

SatLink2000 IDU


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SatLink2900 IDU


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SatLink8560 RLS & FLS


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Challenges

  • Obtaining low manufacturing cost for SatLink 2000,
  • Obtaining effective multi-channel burst reception with ACM per timeslot,
  • Maintaining high IP throughputs on all modules,
  • Time-to-market.

Benefits

Increased rate of adoption and competitiveness for DVB-RCS2, generally, and for SatLink products, specifically, especially for Ka band networks, where these higher Return Link MODCODs are feasible and ACM on Return Links offers significant gains.

Features

SatLink 2000

  • IP throughput (Rx+Tx): 30 Mbps,
  • DVB-S2 Rx: up to 45 Msps, 16APSK 9/10,
  • DVB-RCS & RCS2 Tx: up to 5 Msps,
  • QoS, ODU Power Control & Monitoring, Low power consumption.

SatLink 2900

  • IP throughput (Rx+Tx): 40 Mbps,
  • DVB-S2 Rx: up to 45 Msps, 16APSK 9/10,
  • DVB-RCS & RCS2 Tx: up to 8 Msps,
  • Built-in wideband (36 MHz) multi-channel burst receiver for mesh support,
  • QoS, ODU Power Control & Monitoring, Low power consumption.

SatLink 8560 FLS (DVB-S2)

  • 100 Mbps of IP packet throughput with ACM 45 Msps from QPSK ¼ to 16APSK 9/10,
  • DVB-S2 ACM.

SatLink 8560 RLS

  • 50 Mbps of IP packet throughput,
  • Dual, wideband (36 MHz) multi-channel burst receivers for reception of many concurrent bursts with diverse MODCODs and symbol rates and ACM per timeslot,
  • Supports both DVB-RCS and DVB-RCS2.

 

Plan

The following main activities are planned:

  • Hardware development of new VSAT models SatLink 2000 and SatLink 2900,
  • Hardware development of new SatLink 8560 FLS & RLS for Hubs,
  • Industrialization of the new hardware including development of production test, CE marking, and pilot production.

Current status

The project has been successfully completed.

Status date

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 13:28