S-Band Transmitter for Pico and Nanosatellites

S-Band Transmitter for Pico and Nanosatellites


The HISPICO Transmitter is a highly integrated S band transmitter with special focus in design and testing for Pico and Nano satellite applications.
Its design consists of 2 main components ( PC boards):

  • Radio Frond End (HI-RFE)
  • Controller (HI-CTR)

The HI-RFE Module contains the intrinsic transmitter. The HI-CTR Controller Module is used for whole data processing, data encoding, digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion of transmits signals, transfer of control data to/from the on-board processor and power supply of both modules.

Both components are interfaced to each other via internal connectors. An aluminum housing carries the individual PC boards and be fixed to the satellite body by 4 drill-holes. For external interfacing, a system connector ( for data, power supply and I/O – input/output) and an antenna connector are available.

Availability: 4 months

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  • Features
  • Available options
  • Performance
  • Product properties
  • Qualification and acceptance testing
  • Broadband data rate up to 1 Mbit/s (for user data)
  • Smallest volume
  • Low power consumption
  • High RF Output power
  • Application of high performance forward error correction schemes
  • Engineering Model
  • Flight Model
  • Frequency band: 2200 MHz …. 2300 MHz, adjustable in steps of 100 kHz
  • Modulation DQPSK
  • RF output power: 27 dBm (500 mW), adjustable in range 16 dBm … 27 dBm
  • User data rate: 1.06 Mbit/s (maximum)
  • Forward error correction: TURBO code, rate =0.489
  • Interface bus: SPI
  • Mechanical dimensions: 95 mm x 46 mm x 15 mm
  • Connectors and I/F:
    • Antenna: FMC 50 Ohm with SMA connector and cable System: 12 way SMS connector (data, power supply, I/O)
    • System: 12 way SMC connector ( data, power supply, I/O)
  • Mass: about 75 g
  • Temperature range: -40 to +65 degrees Celsius
  • ITU emission code: 1 M 30 G1 DXN
  • Expected life time: > 1 year ( in LEO 450 km … 800 km)
  • Power Supply:
    • Input Voltage: 3.3 V nominal (3.0 V … 5.0V)
    • Current draw: 1.5 A (at Prf = 27 dBm)

The whole transmitter equipment can be activated and de-activated by the on-board processor. Furthermore, current status signals are available for the on-board processor.

Test QT AT



Mechanical Shock

Thermal Cycling

Thermal Vacuum

Total Ionizing Dose