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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • LPGAN

    Status date: 20 April 2017

    Magnitude Space is building a nano‐satellite platform to provide low‐cost IoT data connectivity for sensors globally. In an open development environment, sensors will be integrated with small transmission hardware to send small packets of data to a low‐cost cube-sat constellation and from there via ground stations to data servers at the customers’ premise.

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  • AMPT

    Status date: 11 April 2017

    Innovative design of new ITAR free monopropellant 1N thruster developed specifically to out-perform existing flight-proven designs in terms of longevity. Radical use of materials, catalyst loading, nozzle and injector design, filtering and fine particle control, etc. will make this thruster a key player in the 1N chemical thruster market for satellite orbit control systems. Flight Standard Qualification to 44kg throughput was completed in August 2016. Delivery of first flight thruster in September 2016 ensures rapid flight heritage for the MHT-1N with launch planned for June 2017.

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  • Optical RF Distribution Flight Demonstrator (ORFD)

    Status date: 21 March 2017

    This project intends to demonstrate the attractiveness of optical distribution of RF/LO signals in terms of low mass, signal integrity and EMI immunity. A follow-on qualification program will further increase the TRL level of this implementation.

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  • SatNetCode

    Status date: 18 March 2017

    SatNetCode empowers robust and powerful end-to-end networking over multi-hop integrated satellite networks in potentially difficult mobile scenarios where packet loss and interruptions may occur. By applying adaptive Network Coding – with re-encoding option per network – significant improvements can be obtained over traditional Forward Error Correction approaches. Application areas include aerial, vehicular and maritime users with sources like photos, video and other critical data. The focus is specifically on video over multiple hops.

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  • SB-SAT

    Status date: 08 March 2017

    The SB-SAT (Swift-Broadband for Satellites) spacecraft communications system is designed to enable continuous, near real-time communications between satellite operators and spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The system eliminates the need for expensive new investment in dedicated ground-based communications infrastructure and greatly increases the operational capability of LEO spacecraft.

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

    Status date: 07 March 2017

    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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  • New Avionics for SATCOM

    Status date: 06 March 2017

    This newly developed generation of avionics for commercial geostationary communications satellites (SATCOM) achieves a significant reduction in cost while at the same time greater flexibility at system and operational level are reached.

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  • GNSS in GTO

    Status date: 22 February 2017

    The Airbus DS GmbH LION Navigator is a multi-GNSS-constellation multi-frequency receiver for spacecraft that is space qualified for operation in low Earth orbits and in-tended for geosynchronous Earth orbits. The goal of the activity is to enlarge the application area of the LION Navigator to launch and early operation phases on transfer up to and including the nominal operation in geosynchronous orbit.

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  • NFG

    Status date: 21 February 2017

    The project comprises investigation on how novel semiconductor technologies (GaN) can be used to meet demanding, future requirements on signal sources. The effort is divided in three consecutive technology steps. This first step include system definition, semiconductor technology trade-off and broadband VCO design including detailed PLL EM unit design. One PLL EM Unit has been built to show function and performance of the VCO.

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  • HEVC_4K

    Status date: 20 February 2017

    The project developed key technologies for UHD satellite broadcasting systems both for direct-to-home (DTH) services as well as for presenting live events in digital cinemas. It successfully developed and implemented a real-time encoder for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) supporting High Dynamic Range video.

  • Network Security on Multi-Spot Beam Broadband Networks for Multicast Based Interactive Systems

    Status date: 20 February 2017

    In this project a secure multicast framework and architecture is defined on top of a multi-spot beam interactive satellite system, including the proposed application scenarios and use cases. A demonstrator is designed and developed to verify and demonstrate the defined secure multicast solution and proposed enhancements. Finally, implementation guidelines and standard evolution recommendation for the secure multicast satellite system are produced.

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  • SKYWAN 5G

    Status date: 24 January 2017

    The new SKYWAN 5G is designed for the Next Generation of Satcom. It is THE ONE mesh VSAT network solution with multiple integrated DVB-S2 stars. All data is transmitted reliably in single-hop and time critical data is prioritized avoiding extra delays. The unique hardware design of SKYWAN 5G has already build in the highest flexibility, fits all topologies and enables growth of your network by stacking The ONE modem.

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  • TxBx2

    Status date: 24 January 2017

    Through the Artes-34 R&D project “Development of 2nd Generation Telemetry and Beacon Transmitter (“TxBx2”) with ESA, Kongsberg Norspace has developed and successfully qualified two new beacon transmitters at C-band and Ku-band. After the completion of the test campaign, the Ku-band unit was rebuilt to a frequency agile Telemetry Transmitter. This EQM is also successfully qualified.

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  • Q/V-Feed

    Status date: 24 January 2017

    The development of a slimline Q/V-band feed system EM suitable for gateway applications in telecoms GEO VHTS systems.

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  • EASO

    Status date: 18 January 2017

    SPELL (Satellite Procedure Execution Language and Library, https://sourceforge.net/projects/spell-sat/) is a free, open source software package developed by SES in cooperation with GMV. SPELL was conceived in order to automate the execution of satellite procedures. SPELL works on multiple satellite platforms and can be interfaced to multiple ground control systems. From 2011 to 2016, SES planned to launch 12 satellites. In the context of this SES' satellite fleet expansion, there was an inherent need to: • Increase the productivity of satellite controllers; and • Increase the level of standardization and safety in SES' satellite operations.

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  • CETB Phase 2

    Status date: 11 January 2017

    The Communication Equipment Test Bed (CETB) phase 2 programme is an evolution of CETB phase-1 which ended in 2013. Phase 1 covered the development of: • TT&C (Telemetry, Telecommand and Control) transceiver • C-band downlink transmitter • High speed data recorder • CCSDS translation node Phase-2 has covered the evolution of the TT&C product to meet market requirements not previously addressed.

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  • Eurostar 3000 AOCS Mk2 Evolutions

    Status date: 09 January 2017

    Ultimate Eurostar 3000 (E3000) AOCS evolutions for low-thrust transfer and electric station keeping, implemented on full electric telecom satellites: • Accommodation of new gyroscopes and new wheels, • Development and qualification of: o Star tracker-based AOCS for operational and recovery modes, o Management of low-thrust transfer (Electric Orbit Raising = EOR) o Commanding of the robotic arm supporting the electric thrusters in EOR and on-station configuration o Autonomy management with hierarchical Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery (FDIR), commandability and observability optimization adapted to electric transfer.

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  • GaAs Evo1 Solar Arrays Product Family for Spacebus™ 4000C

    Status date: 09 January 2017

    GaAs Triple Junction 30% BOL Solar Array Off-the-Shelf Family for Spacebus Development

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  • Artes 5-2 Low Cost L-Band SSPA

    Status date: 19 December 2016

    A GaN SSPA was developed with the aim of reducing complexity and cost, with increased power (from 15W to 30W), and thus halving the number of operational SSPAs and simplifying payload architecture. The overall SSPA test approach has also been improved with a significant increase in throughput during production realised through streamlining of test stages and optimisation of test algorithms.

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  • CAN bus implementation on E3000

    Status date: 19 December 2016

    A robust, efficient and flexible communication data bus compatible with a next generation of more versatile and powerful Telecom payloads.

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  • 300W Ku-Band Single FPM

    Status date: 16 December 2016

    To improve the flexibility of the individual satellite, TESAT has developed the new product line of Flexible Programmable Microwave Power Modules (FPMs). The subject of this program lies on the development of a EPC/LCAMP assembly for higher power class FPM in the currently most frequently employed frequency band for telecommunication payloads, a 300W Ku-Band Single FPM. Additionally a qualification campaign is to be conducted using an EQM EPC/LCAMP assembly with a representative 300W TWT.

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  • K/Ka-Band CP OMT for Complete Band Suitable for Multibeam Applications

    Status date: 09 December 2016

    The aim of the activity was to qualify an EQM for a Circular OMT for complete K/Ka-Band (TX: 17.7-20.2GHz & RX: 27.0 – 30.0 GHz) suitable for multibeam applications.

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  • SATURN - Smart mAritime saTellite terminal for mUltimedia seRvices and conteNts

    Status date: 07 December 2016

    The SATURN project is oriented to the development of “on-board” technologies required to enable maritime versatile applications to be built on future S-band based service platforms.

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  • HeHPV (Helium High-Pressure Vessel)

    Status date: 22 November 2016

    The HeHPV – short for “Helium High-Pressure Vessel” – is an innovative, light-weight, cost-competitive composite-overwrapped tank for storage of helium pressurant gas for satellite propulsion systems. Based on a common diameter, a tank family range of 50-75 l has been qualified for current and future satellite demands.

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