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CesiumAstro Releases Space Qualified Software-Defined Radio with Open Reconfigurable FPGA

CesiumAstro launches space-qualified software-defined radio with open preconfigurable FPGA

Press release from: Cesium
Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

CesiumAstro announced today the launch of the flight-ready SDR-1001 modular with credit card size software defined radio (SDR) for commercial, government, and defense applications tested to NASA GEVS standards and available in bulk. Featuring 4 TX and 4 RX channels that can be tuned from 300 MHz to 6 GHz, the SDR-1001 comes with a default BPSK / QPSK modem and an optional FPGA developer Toolkit allowing the development of a custom waveform.

SDR-1001 Highlights:

  • Ready solution for low Earth orbit (LEO) flight and air missions
  • Standalone module with a credit card size weighing 100 grams
  • 4 TX / 4 RX channels, adjustable from 300 MHz to 6 GHz with 100 MHz RF bandwidth per channel
  • Support custom waveform with 70% FPGA resources for custom designs
  • Comes with a default CSMA network modem with SpaceWire and Ethernet connectivity

Designed to meet the demanding launch requirements as well as the extreme conditions of space and air, the SDR-1001 integrates a flexible RF interface with a high-performance FPGA to maintain a mission duration of 5 to 7 years. Mil-Spec connectors provide access to radio frequency signals and allow both SpaceWire and Ethernet connectivity. Integrated reservation and cancellation logic provide resistance to radiation events with on-board telemetry, providing information on system health and power management.

The preloaded functionality of the reference modem provides a Possibility for network multipoint network multi-point carrier-based sense (CSMA) out of the box. When two SDRs establish a connection, data packets from Ethernet, SpaceWire, or a serial port are routed through the connection. Cesium also develops turnkey signal support for DVB-S2, DVB-S2X and CCSDS with data rates up to 500Mb / s.

Cesium FPGA Development Kit allows communications engineers to build and deploy custom SDR waveforms1001 Open and Reconfigurable FPGA Firmware . Support and training are provided with the FPGA Development Kit to accelerate user success.

“The SDR-1001 is a key component of Cesium’s product portfolio of modular payload solutions,” said Shay Sabripur, founder and CEO of CesiumAstro. “We are focused on providing high-reliability solutions on a large scale to meet the growing needs of new space and air markets, using the latest technological advances.”

The SDR-1001 is available as a stand-alone module, but also represents the backbone of other cesium products, including a fully integrated L-band, S-band, X-band, Ku-band and Ka-Band connectivity and phased array solutions. Producing hardware with low SWaP, plug-and-play with large production techniques, Cesium is uniquely suited to support volume orders for LEO space and air applications.

To learn more about CesiumAstro SDR-1001, click here: https: //www.cesiumastro.com / products / sdr.

To purchase information, please send email sales@cesiumastro.com.

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About CesiumAstro:

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Broomfield, Colorado, CesiumAstro builds high-performance, software-defined payloads on phased arrays for aerospace platforms, including satellites, missiles, UAVs and more. The full stack, multimedia hardware and software products allow for a number of commercial, government and defense purposes. CesiumAstro provides full internal capabilities for design, production and testing based on the AS9100 standard. For more information visit: https: // www.cesiumastro.com.

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