Where’s my plane? Nano-satellites are revolutionary mini spacecraft giving humans on the planet earth much needed information
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.
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:
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
• 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.