Voyager’s Space Micro Software Defined Radio supports the success of the Missile Defense Agency’s CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment | Panda Anku

SAN DIEGO, August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful performance of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) in the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1 June 2021 and completed March 2022CNCE Block 1, part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), used small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radiocommunications between orbiting nanosatellites.

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MDA deployed two Space Micro-developed CubeSats with integrated radio frequency (RF) payloads based on its μSDR-C Family of small form factor software defined radios. MDA tested Space Micro’s SDRs at various ranges, formations and orientations, all of which successfully communicated with each other and with ground nodes. This demonstration supports the development of US missile defense technology and architecture.

SDRs can be reprogrammed in orbit, making them desirable in today’s rapidly changing world. Space Micro developed these specialized radios, which are a precursor to the company’s successful Nanocom family of SDRs, with the added ability to create and operate on an ad hoc communications network similar to a terrestrial Wi-Fi network.

“We are proud to support MDA in strengthening our national defenses and further demonstrating the capabilities and reliability of our HF radio frequency intersatellite communications payloads,” said David R. CzajkowskiCEO of Space Micro.

“The Space Micro team continues to demonstrate flight-proven solutions that add value to our national defense capabilities,” he 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 has retired the Block 1 satellites March 2022 and they will de-orbit and burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

Space Micro’s SDR product line includes several models: The µSDR-C targets UHF, S-Band, L-Band and low C-Band applications, the more powerful Nanocom targets higher frequencies, higher data rates, and more processor-intensive RF applications, and the µXBT™ X-Band transponder is targeted for multiple Artemis programs. Space Micro’s legacy S, X, and Ka-band radios are now in orbit on NASA IRIS, a solar atmosphere observation mission, and NASA TESS, an exoplanet survey mission, to provide prime targets for the James Webb Space Telescope.

About Space Micro Inc.

Space Micro Inc. operated by Voyager Space and located at San Diego, CA, is an engineering-focused provider of affordable, high-performance, radiation-hardened communications, electro-optical and digital systems for use in commercial, civil and military space applications around the world. Space Micro’s solutions include telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) transmitters, mission data transmitters, space cameras, star trackers, image processors, command and data handling (C&DH) systems, and laser communications systems.

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About Voyager Space

Voyager Space is a space technology company dedicated to building a better future for humanity in space and on earth. With almost 20 years of experience in space and over 1500 successful missions Aug 2022Voyager provides space station infrastructure, services and technology solutions to commercial users, civil and national security agencies, academic and research institutions and more with the goal of accelerating a sustainable space economy.

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