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

A plug-and-play processing system, with demonstrated flight heritage, that incorporates hardware and software that operates without requiring extra configuration. Designed for small satellites, it includes both telemetry and command, and monitoring systems.

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.

A Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform with flight heritage, developed specifically for small satellites. It has the ability to integrate interfaces for different frequency bands: UHF, VHF, S-band, L-band, X-band, Ka-band and Ku-band, and includes remote in-flight reconfiguration.

Alén Space's SDR-Rack includes a rack line and two SDR (Software Defined Radio) devices that allow customers to receive and transmit data in user-defined frequency bands. It connects to ground station antennas and secure communications equipment for LEO satellites, and is available as a standalone product or as part of the company’s comprehensive GS-Kit solution.

A communications solution for small satellite missions using S-band communication, for the transmission of large files or the download of data at speeds of up to 2 Mbps. The system is based on Alén Space's 12+ year experience in the development of TOTEM, the company's SDR platform for small satellites, which has been successfully tested in space.

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