Integrating space and ground data handling ecosystems – with Alén Space


Episode 16 of the Space Industry podcast is a discussion with Alén Space about the use and integration of OBCs, TT&C units, and other space- and ground-based equipment, into a single satellite and associated data system.

In this episode we speak with Isolina Pérez Donnelly, Sales Manager at satsearch member Alén Space, about how the data systems used in both the space and the ground segment can be better integrated into a single ecosystem.

Alén Space is a Spanish CubeSat integrator and engineering company that provides equipment, manufacturing, consultancy, design services, and operational expertise for small satellite missions and services. In the episode we discuss:

  • The challenges and benefits of integrating sub-systems from different suppliers.
  • How on-board and ground-based data systems can be better integrated for a more successful mission.
  • What aspects of hardware and software can be standardized in the data ecosystem to drive efficiencies.
  • Integrating cloud-based solutions into small satellite missions.

The product portfolio of Alén Space

The Alén Space TRISKEL - CubeSat OBC + TTC + OBSW Solution is an on-board computer, telemetry, tracking, and command hardware, and on-board software system for CubeSats. TRISKEL is a plug-and-play system featuring 'always-on' operation and 'no-code' development.

The Alén Space Ground Station Kit (GS-Kit) is designed to provide a cost-effective gateway to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. It includes the structure, antennas, cables, azimuth and elevation rotors, GS control software and Alén Space's SDR rack. It can simultaneously support three different bands: VHF, UHF and S-band. It is compatible with GNU Radio allowing the implementation of new waveforms and protocols to support different missions.

The Alén Space TOTEM Software Defined Radio (SDR) is a flight-proven software defined radio system suitable for communication nanosatellites. TOTEM operates in commonly-used nanosatellite frequency bands using Xilinx's Zynq-7000 SoC with an embedded Linux and programmable logic. It also includes a wide frequency range transceiver and can be reconfigured in-orbit.

The Alen Space SDR-Rack - Ground Communications is designed for space applications. It is used as a ground station transceiver for the VHF and UHF bands, which integrates the SDR and the frontends necessary for communications with satellites in these bands. The SDR rack is composed of 2 independent SDRs, one for Antenna Port (ANT) 1 and ANT2 bidirectional ports, and the other for reception in ANT3 and transmission in the SDR2 RF output port.

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