SCANEX Group Develops Ground-Based Infrastructure For The Space-π Project

22 September 2021
SCANEX Group supported by the Innovation Assistance Foundation has started manufacturing ground-based stations for receiving data from low-orbit satellites in 8 and 10.5 GHz frequency bands. Stations will be operated within the Space-π project allowing pupils to participate in development of ultra-small ERS satellites.

Since 2021, under the Space-π project Russian schools compete for the right to present their own CubeSat project (including payload, set tasks, work schedule). Space-π project is supported by the Russian Schoolchildren Movement, and it develops within the "On Planet Duty" program that bring together technological projects for schoolchildren and students in the space industry. Next year, several satellites are planned to be launched within the project.

For transmitting data, satellites built within the "On Planet Duty" use the carrier frequencies from 10.45 to 10.50 GHz. In Russia, until recently, there were no stations for receiving data in this range from low-orbit satellites. In 2021, SCANEX Group successfully upgraded one of its UniScan stations for said purpose, and for the first time in Russia ground-based station was able to receive data transmitted from CubeSat satellite in X-band radio frequency. In the future, SCANEX plans to create a network of stations for receiving data both in the 8 GHz band used by all well-known ERS satellites, and in the 10.5 GHz band.

SCANEX Group will be the one to develop the first receiving station of the future network. It will be the first stage of a project intended to build ground-based infrastructure necessary for, firstly, promoting satellite technology, and secondly, the development of Space-π education program. By February 2022, receiving station with a 1.6 m antenna will be manufactured, and its installation site will be determined. In May, the station will be installed, tested and put into operation.

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