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The MOU between OMG and INCOSE formalizes the working relationship between the two parties as they develop and distribute the INCOSE cubesat reference model (CRM) to advance standards for cubesats.

A 1U cubesat is 10x10x10 centimeters with a mass of about 1.3 kilograms. CubeSat units can be joined to form a larger satellite such as 2U, 3U and 6U. Their small payload makes standalone launch cost-prohibitive but allows cubesats to join launches from other organizations at a significantly reduced cost. The nanosatellite and cubesat database reports that cubesat launches tripled from 2016 to 2017 to nearly 300 launches. The number of cubesats and the number of organizations developing cubesats have increased dramatically.Beam hopping however, there is no common reference model to design a cubesat, thereby limiting interoperability, slowing development times and forcing constant research to remain current on the latest innovations.


The CRM provides the logical architecture of a cubesat space and ground system. The CRM logical components are intended to be used as a starting point for a mission-specific cubesat logical architecture, followed by the physical architecture and the cubesat development. The CRM is also sufficiently flexible to accommodate different logical architectures.

William hoffman, president and COO of OMG and garry roedler, president of INCOSE, signed the MOU.Beam hopping under the terms, the INCOSE CRM will go through the OMG standardization process. In addition, OMG will issue a request for proposals regarding the cubesat reference model.

Hoffman added that both OMG and INCOSE share a mutual commitment to support and accelerate knowledge growth in the systems engineering arena. Developed by INCOSE using the OMG systems modeling language™ (sysml®), the CRM is already in a model form, providing a fill-in-the-package framework and identifies subsystems to consider and other agencies to coordinate prior to launch. Space-mission-procuring organizations will use the CRM to capture mission requirements in a standard format that is readily accessible and understandable by vendors and developers.”

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Garry roedler,noted that this announcement reinforces the joint cooperation with OMG to deliver a cubesat reference model that applies a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) method and will be reusable and extensible to a variety of specific space missions and payloads.

The new modem’s single carrier and beam hopping architecture enables substantially higher throughput from wideband (500 mhz) satellite transponders to enable superior connectivity. With satixfy’s modem, through single 500 mhz carrier and beam hopping capability, satellite operators and service providers will be able to get significantly higher throughput for applications requiring it, such as trunking, enterprise, and backhauling.CubeSat reference model A 1U rack mount enterprise model is available today and a consumer unit will be available in Q4 2018.

The wideband SDR modem demonstration using the R&S®SMW200A vector signal generator from rohde & schwarz shows no errors at -2 db SNR with DVB-S2 QPSK rate ¼. The R&S®SMW200A single-instrument solution simplifies the testing of components, modem devices and satellite payloads. The vector signal generator supports DVB-S2/DVB-S2X and the latest satellite standard of a mega constellation. It is the first fully calibrated wideband solution with an RF modulation bandwidth of 2 ghz on the market and generates signals across all frequencies and satellite bands up to 40 ghz in the ka-band.CubeSat reference model

Another demonstration is based on teamcast TYGER, a wideband, DVB-S2/S2X compliant modulator offering high rates (up to 480 mbaud, i.E., up to 2 gbps), time slicing (annex M), CID management and GSE IP encapsulation for maximizing, payload, operational flexibility, and return on investment. For IP transport, the use of the GSE adaptation algorithm insures lower overhead and maximized capacity and spectrum efficiency. By meeting the requirements of the DVB “annex M,” TYGER enables the mixing of services (broadcast and broadband) over the same satellite carrier. Specifically, it supports time-slicing, a process to split a wideband signal — up to 2 gbps — into a number of independent low rates services, to keep the receiver IC complexity and price low, which is a mandatory requirement for a mass market adoption.Beam hopping

At satellite 2018, satixfy will also be demonstrating its beam hopping emulator. The company, alongside its partners, is leading the industry in developing and setting standardization efforts for super-frame structure and beam hopping waveforms in DVB, and resource management, as well as beam hopping illumination plan algorithms and configurations in ETSI.

Yoel gat, the satixfy CEO, said that the company is pleased to introduce their first wideband modem and demonstrate the unbeatable performance of the SX-3000 chip in terms of QEF performance with a fraction of db from DVB-S2X guidelines with over 2 gbps throughput per 500 mhz transponder. The satixfy team is the first in reaching industry leading benchmarks that, until now, were out of the industry’s grasps.CubeSat reference this modem demonstrates the company’s advantages over the competition. It is the only one in the market that supports beam hopping and VLSNR and is the only soc that supports the demodulator, modulator, dual core host CPU and 3 dsps, with periphery of three 1 GB ethernet ports, UART and many peripheral interfaces," said .

Rural communities of thailand will soon be able to enjoy reliable satellite-based broadband services delivered by mu space corp using SES networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER™ system from hughes networks systems (hughes), announced SES today.

Mu space is a thai space technology startup that will provide satellite services that are affordable, easy-to-install and offer a wide coverage.CubeSat reference by contracting capacity on SES satellites, SES-8 and SES-12 once it is launched, and using the hughes’ JUPITER system, mu space will be improving quality of life for thailand’s citizens by providing reliable and affordable satellite-based broadband for telecom providers and businesses in thailand.

According to thailand’s telecom industry database, only 12 percent or about 8.3 million of the country’s 69 million population currently has access to broadband.

Recognizing its importance in social and economic development, the thai government has launched several initiatives, including a national broadband policy and a new economic model thailand 4.0 with the goals to increase broadband penetration to 95 percent of the thai population by 2020 and to transform the country into an innovation-driven economy.CubeSat reference

James yenbamroong, founder and CEO at mu space said that at mu space, their mission is to deliver nationwide and reliable connectivity to everyone in thailand in order to improve the quality of life of the local people. As such, they have been searching for the ideal partners to ensure that they can deliver reliable broadband services at the right price point. Together with the global experience of SES networks and hughes, they are confident of the high service quality that they will jointly deliver in thailand.

Imran malik, vice president, fixed data, asia-pacific at SES networks added that in rural and underserved areas, satellite is the best solution for broadband access as it’s much more affordable and faster to deploy compared to land-based internet infrastructure.Beam hopping they are honored that mu space has selected SES networks as their partner of choice in bridging the digital divide in thailand and are thrilled at the chance to empower thai citizens with unlimited opportunities to improve their lives.

Ramesh ramaswamy, senior vice president and general manager, international at hughes concluded that in ex-urban and rural communities, terrestrial networks are difficult to roll out and costly, contrasted by the new generation of satellites and access technologies which bring affordable access to people anywhere cross continent-wide coverage areas. They are excited that SES networks has chosen their JUPITER system and look forward to working with them and mu space to deliver on their mission of bringing broadband to everyone in thailand.Beam hopping

According to the company, their XTSLIN-200K-B1 is the smallest, lightest and most efficient SSPA in the industry at this power level. This is ideal for SNG applications and delivers 200 watts of linear power in a rugged 48 lb. Outdoor package.

Also new is the company’s 2kw outdoor soft fail redundancy systems. These are antenna mounted, continuous power systems that offer minimal transmission line loss with soft-fail hitless redundancy. All twtas contribute to the system power and efficiency. The ooutput power only declines 2.5 db in off-line state. Auto recovery can drive remaining amplifiers back to the full power point.

The firm’s new 1250W DBS amplifier model XTD-1250DBSHE is a high efficiency 1250 watt amplifier in the same package as the traditional 750 watt amplifier.CubeSat reference it provides 525 watts of linear power in a compact, ruggedized package designed for high reliability outdoor applications.

The company’s ka/Q/V-band leadership has developed a new 250W Q/V-band amplifier for HTS gateway service. The amplifier delivers linear power across the entire 4.2 ghz of spectrum from 47.2 to 51.4 ghz. Power combining and redundancy architectures are also available.

The firm’s liquid cooling gateway and teleport customers are electing liquid cooling to ease maintenance and save air conditioning expenses. Liquid cooling allows the user to easily remove heat from the amplifiers and dissipate it in a more desirable location and enables amplifiers to be mounted near the feed without worry about air flow or maintenance.CubeSat reference model

First up is a new version of their VYPER platform for satellite transmission — in addition to the support of many DVB-S2X features, such as low roll-off values, high baud rates, and efficient constellations, the new version brings the support of the very low SNR modes of SVB-S2X, allowing robust mobile satellite communication / transmission in harsh environment.

With these VL-SNR modes, the signal can be received even when it is several dbs below the noise. VL-SNR transmission is the solution of choice today for developing mobile services through satellite transmission. It makes the antenna system much more simple and opens many new applications such as internet services for trains, aircrafts, ships, etc.Linear power with emerging market opportunities, VL-SNR chipsets are coming soon for mass commercial deployment. This professional DVB-S2X VL-SNR modulation platform is the best tool for chipset validation, experiments and first commercial deployment.

Also heading into the show is the vyper2way, the first satellite IP modem on the market with DVB-S2X very low SNR capabilities. On its well-known and reliable modulator platform called VYPER, teamcast has added a professional FPGA based demodulator to manage the satellite return path. Fully FPGA based, the resulting two-way modem has been given totally innovative capabilities by teamcast’s expert team and offers unprecedented flexibility in terms of satellite IP applications.CubeSat reference model

Specifically, vyper2way is the first IP modem able to cover such a wide range of satellite applications. With the ability to manage DVB-S2X constellations from BPSK to 256 APSK; it offers very robust satellite IP communication with snrs down to -10 db, as required by demanding mobile satellite applications, as well as high bitrate communication for telecom backhauling. VYPER2way uses GSE encapsulation for an efficient IP transport and offer symbol rates from 1 mbaud to 72 mbaud. To improve efficiency and reduce OPEX, it includes automatic precorrection of the satellite transponder and also VEC (VYPER echo canceller) to reduce the bandwidth occupancy.CubeSat reference model

TeamCast is also introducing a totally disruptive solution for optimizing satellite links — the solution uses a feedback channel through a regular low bitrate internet connection to optimize the link budget, and increase the available payload capacity while keeping your costs low.

The feedback information elaborated by the downlink neptune receiver is used by the uplink vyper modulator to pre-correct the linear and non-linear impairments of the on-board transponder chain. The optimization is automatic and transparent for the user. It can be used while the link actually carries user data, without any need to put the transmission on hold. No specific knowledge of the transponder characteristic is necessary; no specific skills are required for the operator.Linear power the link budget automatically increases while the link is used. That means the link margin is getting better providing the possibility either to secure the link against unexpected adverse conditions or increase the useful bandwidth by adjusting the modulation parameters.

SmartGate, a DVB-S2/S2X satellite modulator that embeds an advanced powerful filtering and routing process as well as a layer 2 and 3 optimized encapsulation with full management of PSI/SI tables, is another teamcast new offering. SmartGate is a real IP and ethernet gateway with ultra-low latency for satellite access. It also offers an optimal bandwidth management and an NCR process to provide frequency synchronization to remote devices.Linear power

SmartGate has been chosen and adopted by eutelsat and is used as key element in their V-SAT smartlnb solution: a new and cost-effective V-SAT technology for satellite machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and for backhauling internet of things (iot) infrastructures.

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