Satellite transmits test signals in Q and W band for the first time

In June, the W-Cube nanosatellite began its journey aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral to polar orbit. About a month later, it was placed in its orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers and has now been successfully transmitting test signals to Earth in the Q and W band since August. It collects important data for the development of new frequency ranges for future satellite communication systems. The development of the W-Cube took place in the course of the joint project “ARTES”. Fraunhofer IAF developed the transmitter module of the satellite and the receiver module of the corresponding ground station.

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