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Inside Frequency Control

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

New Space Isn't Just for LEO Constellations (5 Deep Space Companies)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jan 31, 2018 6:40:00 AM

We've been doing a lot of talk about the new space movement and the newest LEO constellation innovations. It's about time that we bring to your attention that LEO constellatioins aren't the only innovation when it comes to the new space (or space 2.0) movement. As technology and payloads of satellites continue to skyrocket (ha!), so does our ability to efficiently explore the deep, dark depths of outer space.

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Topics: Space & Satellites

COTS Part 2: Dealing with Space Radiation

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 26, 2017 6:30:00 AM

In Part 1 of our series on COTS components for space applications, we discussed why the government is increasingly turning to “commercial off the shelf” parts for spacecraft, satellites and more. COTS parts have already been successfully adopted in many military applications, but when it comes to space, COTS adoption has been much slower.

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Topics: general, Space & Satellites

The Benefits of COTS in Space Applications

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 19, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Space exploration has never been cheap. In the days of the Apollo program, the cost of sending payloads into space was such that only government agencies with billions of dollars to spend could afford it. Over time, those costs have begun to come down, but even with advances in launch technology, funding for such activities ebbs and flows. In the wake of budget cuts for military and aerospace Research and Development, there has been much pressure to develop systems and designs that meet the needs of space projects and reduce costs without sacrificing quality. This is where COTS (Commercial Off-The Shelf) products offer a potential solution.

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Topics: general, Space & Satellites

How to Achieve Mission Success for Small Satellites (Discover GPS Disciplined Oscillators - GPSDO)

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 15, 2017 10:50:53 AM

 

Small satellites have grown dramatically over the past decade... and they are still growing fast and furiously. In this post, you'll learn about how to achieve mission success for satellites and how GPS Disciplined Oscillators (GPSDOs) can do the trick. 

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Topics: Space & Satellites

VSAT Terminals: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 12, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Satellite communication touches our lives in ways most people don’t fully appreciate. From GPS to satellite TV to the communication networks that make modern economic, military and political affairs possible, there are few areas of life that the rise of SATCOM technology has not shaped in some way, directly or indirectly. While visions of massive arrays and constellations might be the first thing that comes to mind when some people think of satellites, today we’re going to focus on something a little less visually impressive but just as important; the Very Small Aperture Terminal, or “VSAT.”

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Topics: Space & Satellites

The Impact of RF Engineers on the Commercial Space Industry

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Nov 28, 2017 6:30:00 AM

 

While the expansion of the private sector into space is still in its infancy, there is little doubt that it will prove to be one of the most significant economic developments of this century, and RF engineers are one group of industry specialists that are making it happen. Indeed, it's almost impossible to overstate the impact that engineers specializing in radio frequency tech have had and will continue to have, not only with operating and maintaining commercial space activity but shaping it as well. Let’s explore all the different ways that RF engineers are making the “Space 2.0” era possible.

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, Space & Satellites

Why Satellite Ground Stations Are So Important to Mission Success

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Nov 21, 2017 6:30:00 AM

So much of the focus in SATCOM technology pertains to what goes on in outer space, but what happens down here on earth is just as important. The fact is that every satellite, no matter how advanced, is still only a part of a larger system. Today, you'll learn the important role that satellite ground stations play in making SATCOM possible, and some of the challenges (and possible solutions) for organizations working with LEO satellites on the ground.

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Topics: Space & Satellites

How to Enhance a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Using Beam Hopping

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Nov 7, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The average person probably doesn’t spend any time thinking about satellites unless he or she is specifically entering an address into a GPS device— and even that would be a stretch. Satellite communication has become such a pervasive, omnipresent influence in our lives, our economy, and our government that we simply take it for granted. With the advent of high-throughput satellites (HTS), this trend has only increased. Speeds and data capacities never before dreamed of are becoming commonplace, and dramatically improving SATCOM capabilities in both the public and private sectors. A core technological attribute that is enabling the HTS revolution is a technique called beam hopping.

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Topics: Space & Satellites

Spot Beams vs. Wide Beams for Satellite Communications

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Oct 31, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Satellite communications make it possible for so much of today's technology to function. From GPS and HDTV, to the safety and protection our armed forces provide, there are many uses for satellites. However, different uses require different techniques for transmitting the data back to earth in the most effective way.

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Topics: Space & Satellites