SAN DIEGO, Aug 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful run of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) on the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1. June 2021 and completed in March 2022CNCE Block 1, which is part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), used small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radio communications between nanosatellites while in orbit.
MDA implemented two CubeSats developed by Space Micro with integrated radio frequency (RF) payloads based on its μSDR-C™ family of software-defined small form factor radios. MDA tested Space Micro’s SDRs at various distances, formations and orientations, all of which successfully communicated with each other and with ground nodes. This demonstration helps support the development of US missile defense technology and architecture.
SDRs can be reprogrammed into orbit, making them desirable in today’s rapidly changing world. Space Micro designed these particular radios, which are a precursor to the company’s successful Nanocom family of SDRs, with the added ability to create and operate an ad-hoc communications network, similar to a terrestrial Wi-Fi network.
“We are proud to support MDA in strengthening our national defense and to further demonstrate the capabilities and reliability of our RF radio frequency payloads for intersatellite communications,” said David R. CzajkowskiCEO of SpaceMicro.
“The Space Micro team continues to demonstrate proven solutions that add value to our national defense capabilities,” said Matt Kuta, President and COO of Voyager Space. “This successful demonstration of SDR technology is a critical step forward for the future of space communications.”
MDA plugged the Block 1 satellites in March 2022 and they will come out of orbit and burn harmlessly in the atmosphere.
Space Micro’s SDR product line consists of several models: The µSDR-C™ focuses on UHF, S-Band, L-Band and low C-Band applications, the more powerful Nanocom™ focuses on higher frequencies, higher data rates and more processor-intensive RF applications, and the µXBT™ X-Band Transponder is planned for several Artemis programs. Space Micro legacy S, X and Ka-Band radios are in orbit today around NASA IRIS, a solar atmosphere observation mission, and NASA TESS, an exoplanet research mission to provide primary targets for the James Webb Space Telescope.
About SpaceMicro Inc.
Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space and based in San Diego, California, is a technology-driven provider of affordable, high-performance, radiation-resistant communications, electro-optics and digital systems for use in commercial, civil and military space applications around the world. Space Micro solutions include telemetry, tracking and command transmitters (TT&C), mission data transmitters, space cameras, star trackers, image processors, Command & Data Handling (C&DH) systems and laser communication systems.
For more information, visit http://www.spacemicro.com or contact Michael DowdVice President of Business Development at (858) 332-0700, extension 122.
About Voyager Space
Voyager Space is a space technology company dedicated to building a better future for humanity in space and on Earth. With nearly 20 years of space heritage and more than 1,500 successful missions from August 2022Voyager provides space station infrastructure and services and technology solutions to commercial users, government civil and national security agencies, academic and research institutions, and more, with the goal of accelerating a sustainable space economy.
For more information, visit www.voyagerspace.com
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