Where’s my plane? Nano-satellites are revolutionary mini spacecraft


“Keeping track of what you care for” is the motto of GomSpace Dennmark. It is a fact that today...


“Keeping track of what you care for” is the motto of GomSpace Dennmark. It is a fact that today aeroplanes get lost. For example, they cannot be monitored if they are over a large body of water, or some other such circumstance. For the first time a Nano-Satellite has been developed with state of the art technology creating a new system to catch aeroplanes ADS-B transporter signal from space. The demanding circuit boards for this space technology are produced on the Essemtec SMT assembler FOX.

Today’s satellites are big, heavy, complex and extremely expensive. Additionally, their deployment into the universe is another massive cost. Nano-satellites are small and lightweight (<10kg). These Nano-Satellites provide low cost, high tech communication solutions for space for a fraction of the cost of the old conventional satellites.

The typical operation area of a Nano-Satellite is inside the Earth’s low orbit range (350km – 1,200km). For comparison: The ISS is on a 400km orbit and a TV broadcast satellite is typically in a 36’000km orbit.

Video: Nano-Satellite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgfLf0OQI14

There are hundreds of possible tasks such a system could manage; here one actual example is described. An aircraft sends a signal. Usually ground stations and other airplanes receive this information, but when flying over large bodies of water it is common that there are no receivers within reach. It happened, when the airplane MH370 got lost a view years ago. This is where satellites come in. Various satellites circle around the earth. No matter from which point an aircraft is sending a signal there will be one satellite within reach. Using satellites a seamless surveillance is possible.
Other assets, which can be tracked are:
•    Ships
•    Trains
•    Trucks
•    Etc.

The NANOCOM ADS-B is a unique payload opportunity for small sized satellites.
Main Features of NANOCOM ADS-B Flight-proven ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) receiver for tracking aircrafts
•    Consists of an in-flight reconfigurable FPGA Cube Sat kit compatible board
•    At less than 0.3U in volume it fits in a Nano-Satellite / Cubesat and uses less than 1 W of power
•    Reconfigurable FPGA (in flight)
•    Up to 800 ADS-B packages per second

Nano-Satellites feature advanced ADS-B and AIS receivers as well as mission tailored antennas providing multiple spot-beams for ADS-B reception. GomSpace designs and manufactures these highly reliable Nano-Satellites.

gomspace.com/Shop/payloads/aircraft-tracking.aspx

About GomSpace
GomSpace has strong experience with both applications and has been a pioneer in developing and demonstrating space based aircraft monitoring though their investments in the GOMX-1 and GOMX-3 missions. Depending on the need for coverage and revisit time they deliver constellations of Nano-Satellites to meet the needs based on the advanced radio payloads and flexible satellite platforms. Tracking solutions for other assets can be designed as a turnkey solution based on the needs of the application and radio technology building blocks for rapid design of new payloads.

About Essemtec
Wildlife consistently shows us with breathtaking flexibility how nature can adapt itself to the many different demands of its environment; that is what inspires us! Essemtec AG is a privately owned company with its development and production site in Switzerland. The product portfolio comprises of production equipment for electronic assembly and more. Our high tech solutions can be adjusted quickly and easily to meet wide ranging requirements; we are therefore able to respond to all manner of customer requests. That’s why “naturally adaptive” is our motto across all ranges.

 

Picture 1: 3U Nano-Satellite (illustration)
Picture 2: Size of Nano-Satellite
Picture 3: NANOCOM ADS-B

 

3U Nano-Satellite (illustration)

Size of Nano-Satellite

NANOCOM ADS-B

Essemtec AG wishes you a healthy and satisfied start into 2021

The entire Essemtec team wishes you and your relatives a good start into a successful and healthy New Year 2021...

Lumitech: High Tech Technology with the help of Essemtec`s Archerfish solution

The benefit of the new jetting technology is that a wide variety of LED form factors within a light source can be provided...

LACROIX Electronics and Essemtec form a successful partnership to meet the highest dispense production quality

LACROIX Electronics is one of the top European EMS companies, with a number of plants. After intensive evaluation...

Dieter Richrath GMBH and Essemtec: Experiences with the Archerfish All-in-One solution; Pick and Place plus solder paste Jet Printing

The innovative development company now with a Fox Pick and Place with a high-tech solder jet printing function...

From 0 to 150.000 Piezo-jet valve dots in 14 days: Essemtec AG supplies the EMS service provider Turck duotec with a High Speed Dispenser in record time

In mid-April Philipp Mirliauntas, Chief Sales Officer at Turck duotec, therefore contacted the Director of Sales Jürg Schüpbach of Essemtec AG...

HeliosEngi and Essemtec: An engineering office masters the challenge of the faster "time-to-market” requirement

HeliosEngi with the new Fox pick and place therefore strengthens its position as an electronics design and subcontractor by increasing its production...

As a SMT solution provider, Essemtec AG becomes a new member of the Asys Group PULSE community

Being another manufacturer for the SMT industry, we are now relying on the smart assistance system PULSE...

Archerfish solution by Essemtec: Unique Solder Jet Printing, Dispensing and Pick and Place on a single Platform

Integrated and combined with an assembly process on one of the Essemtec platforms opens up the possibility of "all-in-one" production, which gives the...

You missed our live webinar about solder paste jet printing?

You will learn about the market trends, the new possibilities in Pick and Place combined with a unique jet printing solution, how the future will...

iNES. applied informatics Ltd and Essemtec: pick & place and solder paste dispensing “all in one”

“Time to market” is a vital success factor in today’s dynamic economic environment...

EMG Automation Ltd and ESSEMTEC – A technology leader for automation builds up its in-house placement with the newest FOX technology

EMG is considered a specialist for intelligent and complex automation solutions, and operates as worldwide technology leader...

BRAUN GmbH and Essemtec: Model "Turtle vs. rabbit”

With ever smaller batch sizes and frequent product changes the efficiency and productivity of SMT assembly...