End to End Communication Solution - IQ Spacecom

As one of the world’s first end-to-end CubeSat solutions, it supports satellite communications for both ground and space segments.

By combining the powerful XLink SDR Platform with WORK Microwave’s AX-60 modem, operators have an affordable, one-stop-shop solution for new space applications, including low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite missions for Earth observation.

XLink is an advanced transceiver system (Software Defined Radio – SDR) for X and S band communication links of small satellites with a flight grade tested COTS design. The mechanical dimensions fit into CubeSats as well as larger satellites. Radio interfaces and protocols are compatible to standard CCSDS and DVB-S2 specifications. Gigabit Ethernet is provided as on-board control and high-speed data interface.

The X and S band patch antennas are based on flight proven designs for pico and nano satellite applications. They are cost effective and available for customizable Rx and Tx frequency ranges.

AX-60 of WORK Microwave is part of this end-to-end solution. It is a 19-inch rack-mount modem unit and fully compatible with XLink transceiver. Both platforms connect with IP networks and provide easy-to-use straightforward connectivity. Supporting communication for the ground and space segments, the solution allows operators to reliably perform transmission tasks to and from satellites.

XLink and AX-60 represents a fully featured bidirectional communication system. Other frequencies are available on request. A Ground Converter Unit (GCU) can be provided for easy integration into ground segment and connection to ground stations and antennas.

Solution Features:

  • Utilization of CCSDS 131.0 and 231.0 and DVB-S2 via CCSDS 131.3
  • Downlink/TM & Payload up to 200 Mbps
  • Uplink/Telecommand 56 kbps
Frequency Range:
8.025 to 8.400 GHz (X-band Tx)
Frequency Range:
7.145 to 7.250 GHz (X-band Rx)
Frequency Range:
2.200 to 2.290 GHz (S-band Tx)
Frequency Range:
2.025 to 2.110 GHz (S-band Rx)
Data Rate:
16 kbps to 200 Mbps (Sat2Ground)
Data Rate:
3.5 kbps to 896 kbps (Ground2Sat)
90 x 65 x 25.3 mm (Xlink transceiver)
Maximum Antenna Gain:
6 to 11 dBi