WORK Microwave at IAC 2022 in Paris

Digital Optical Ground Station, News, Press Release

WORK Microwave, a leading European manufacturer of advanced RF technology, will showcase its world-class satellite ground segment solutions at IAC 2022. With more than 35 years of experience in satellite ground-segment equipment, WORK Microwave’s solutions transform space and satellite communication deployments, enabling greater flexibility, scalability, sustainability, and more.

WORK Microwave Highlights World-Class Ground Segments and Stations at IAC 2022

WORK Microwave solutions on display will include:

IQ spacecom’s XLink Space Segment Transceiver connects seamlessly with WORK Microwave’s AX-60-S02190 CCSDS TM/TC Ground Station Modem.

Partnered Ground and Space Segments for Reliable, Scalable Transmission Operations

At IAC 2022, WORK Microwave will perform a joint demo at the neighboring IQ spacecom booth D8C, showcasing how the companies’ combined technologies allow operators to reliably perform telecommand and telemetry transmission tasks and other mission communication for ground and space segments. From space, IQ spacecom’s XLink Space Segment Transceiver connects seamlessly with WORK Microwave’s AX-60-S02190 CCSDS TM/TC Ground Station Modem. Both platforms connect to IP networks with easy-to-use, straightforward connectivity. The solutions feature space communication waveforms according to CCSDS and DVB-S2 standards. Creating one of the world’s first end-to-end CubeSat solutions, the modem and transceiver give operators an affordable, one-stop-shop solution for new space applications, including low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite missions for Earth observation.

Optimize Ground Segment Operations With a Virtual Solution

WORK Microwave’s Virtual Ground Station (VGS) solution is a state-of-the-art ground station architecture that uses IP networks to improve the flexibility of antenna, processing, and operations composition. Based on digitalized RF signals over IP — in accordance with the DIFI standard — and wideband signal processing on a cloud platform by a virtualized software modem, VGS brings high flexibility, scalability, efficiency, and “switchability” to ground segment operations. By supporting as-a-service business models, including ground-station-as-a-service and software-as-a-service, VGS enables operators to pay per use while reducing hardware investments. Additionally, any digitized antenna worldwide can access VGS for satellite and space communication.

VGS includes:

  • V-Series software modems for waveform-based processing and connection to DIFI-compliant IP network subscribers.V-Series software can run completely in the cloud or on-premises at physical satellite ground stations based on operators’ requirements.
  • Stand-alone Digitizer/SDR modules with multi-GHz bandwidths are a key element in supporting the migration of ground infrastructures into the digital domain. Satcom-specific designs allow integration into the signal chain with selectable levels of access, for operators, integrators, engineers, and programmers.
  • DBUC/DBDC Digital Block up/downconverter with signal IP connectivity that seamlessly connects to WORK Microwave’s V-Series software modem thanks to DIFI standard compliance, requiring less space, investment, hardware maintenance, and cost.
Digital Converter for Virtual Ground Station

DBUC/DBDC digital up/downconverter with signal IP connectivity to seamlessly connect to WORK Microwave’s V-Series software modem.

WORK Microwave’s AR-80-OPT receiver supports the processing of optical direct-to-Earth links.

FSOD1, a fiber-coupled optical detector, is ideal for the reception of optical free space communication.

Digital Optical Ground Station Brings Space-to-Ground Communication to Light

At IAC 2022, WORK Microwave will showcase its Digital Optical Ground Station (DOG) suite of products designed to overcome bandwidth limits and RF spectrum regulatory challenges with free space optical communication using CCSDS and SDA standards. Based on the company’s well-established A-Series platform, DOG is perfect for LEO, GEO, and lunar missions.

Leveraging a multi-mission approach, DOG combines optimal hardware and software for all scenarios, empowering operators to detect and process optical communication from and to space terminals such as CubeLCT, T-OSIRIS, OPTEL-µ, or CAT. With more than 35 years of ground station experience, WORK Microwave offers a turnkey solution from telescope to modem with full integration services for optical ground stations. Top-tier providers of telescopes and adjacent optical components are part of WORK Microwave’s optical ground station solution.

Meet us at IAC 2022 in Paris!

Stand D8B, German Pavilion. September 18-22, Paris Convention Centre, France.

Jörg Rockstroh

Director – Business Development and Digital Products

Dr. Thomas Fröhlich

Managing Director (CEO)

Roman Jaresch

Sales Director – Northern-, Central-, Eastern Europe