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Inside Frequency Control

What's The Differences Between the 5 GNSS Constellations?

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jun 5, 2019 9:38:49 AM

Before we dive into the differences between the 5 GNSS constellations... It's important that we're all on the same page with the difference between GNSS and GPS.

Many people get GNSS and GPS technology confused. A good way to think about the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is as the backbone (or underlying technology) behind GPS. The Global Positioning System (GPS) GPS is a GNSS constellation, but GNSS is not always GPS. GPS one of the 5 GNSS constellations used around the world.

The 5 GNSS constellations include GPS (US), QZSS (Japan), BEIDOU (China), GALILEO (EU), and GLONASS (Russia). We'll cover each of these constellations in depth in this post.

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Topics: Space & Satellites, GPS & GNSS

Should I Use a GPSDO or Atomic Clock in my Satellite Application?

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Apr 10, 2019 11:10:34 AM

There is often some confusion as to which timing device would work best in satellite communication applications. Should you use a standard oscillator, GPS Disciplined Oscillator (GPSDO), or atomic clock (cesium and rubidium) in your satellite application?

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Topics: Space & Satellites, Integrated RF

Creepy Frequencies: Scary Sounds of the Universe

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Oct 2, 2018 8:54:00 AM

The fall and Halloween season is among us once again. (Finally!)

So yes, we're about to take on the challenge of linking frequency control to Halloween. Can it be done? Maybe. Will it be done? Yes. (We never let the word 'impossible' stop us in the past). 

In this post you're going to discover the dark, creepy side of frequency control by looking at some scary frequency sounds that can be found within our universe. 

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Topics: Space & Satellites

What's the Difference Between DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X Standards?

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jun 26, 2018 8:32:00 AM

In 1994, the world's first digital satellite TV services were launched in Thailand and South Africa. They utilized the newly developed Digital Video Broadcasting Satellite (DVB-S) system.

Over time, DVB-S became the most popular system for delivering digital TV broadcasts. Technology has advanced and spread tremendously since then, which lead to an increased need for advances to the DVB-S system. Thus, the DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X systems were born!

Let's take a look at these two DVB standards and the main differences between them. 

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Topics: Space & Satellites

Communication With Aliens - Interstellar Messages in Deep Space

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jun 5, 2018 7:50:00 AM

We can't possibly be the only intelligent life-forms in this infinite universe, can we? I mean, there's still plenty of exploring to do in our own solar system let alone nearby stars, our entire galaxy, and surrounding galaxies. Will our current deep space communication efforts, like Voyager 1, ever stumble across alien life so us humans can say, "Hi! We're here!"? Or will it take so long that our messages would be more like, "Hi! We were here!"? 

Let's explore some current communication efforts to make contact with aliens and how they work.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Space & Satellites

Laser Communication in Space Could Multiply Data Rates by 100x

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 15, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Since the beginning of NASA, radio communication has been the go-to method of communication for spacecrafts. Well, that's about to change. NASA has recently announced they will be making a major change to some of their upcoming communication systems by implementing new, cutting-edge, laser communication technology. 

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Topics: RF Technology, Space & Satellites

9 Best Space Podcasts for Space Geeks

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 1, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Space podcasts are becoming very popular, and for good reason. The space industry has been 'skyrocketing' in recent years. SpaceX showed the world it's possible to reuse a space shuttle. Companies like OneWeb are now revolutionizing satellite communications technology. There are even companies planning out the colonization of mars and using asteroids as a source of water. 

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Topics: aerospace, Space & Satellites

The Biggest Big Data Challenge in the EW Battlespace

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Mar 27, 2018 6:30:00 AM

Electronic warfare (EW) is a continuous competition between electronic countermeasures (ECM) and electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM). Electronic warfare systems deploy millions of sensors worldwide on a wide range of platforms such as IR, Acoustic, Radio, and Optic systems, all in the coordinated effort to harness and control the RF (radio frequency) spectrum, the highly contested electronic battlespace.

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Topics: Space & Satellites, Defense & PNT

The Innovative History of HRL Laboratories

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Mar 13, 2018 6:30:00 AM

To say that HRL Laboratories has made significant contributions to cutting-edge science and technology would be quite an understatement. Known today by its legal corporate title HRL Laboratories LLC, the storied company traces its roots back to the legendary Howard Hughes. Hughes set the standard for HRL's innovative mission, advising his contemporaries to "Do the impossible. Because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasy."

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Topics: aerospace, general, Space & Satellites

50 Years of Evolving Satellite Technology

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Mar 6, 2018 6:30:00 AM
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Topics: Space & Satellites