Inter-satellite communication link for a space based interferometer

R. Grootjans, M.J. Bentum, R. Grootjans, M.F. Brethouwer, R.A. de Vries, S.K. van Langen

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    Radio astronomy has been moving towards lower frequencies in recent years. This trend started with Earth bound large arrays like the low frequency array called LOFAR. After that an initiative to measure even lower frequencies started like the Orbiting Low Frequency Array (OLFAR) in space using a swarm of nano-satellites. Inspired by these initiatives, the goal of the TwenteSat student project is to create a space based interferometer using two tethered nanosatellites. A crucial part of this project is the inter satellite communication which allows data to be shared and control signals to be send between the separated satellites. The possibility of wired communication is examined, as well as wireless communication. In this paper a simple low power wireless communication system is proposed, with the use of commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceeding of the 64th IAC International Astronautical Congress
    Place of PublicationBeijing, China
    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2013
    Event64th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2013 - Beijing, China
    Duration: 23 Sep 201327 Sep 2013
    Conference number: 64

    Publication series

    PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF)
    ISSN (Print)1995-6258


    Conference64th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2013
    Abbreviated titleIAC


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