The international space community prepares to meet at ICC Belfast for the UK Space Conference 2023, from 21–23 November, where Rohde & Schwarz will present its portfolio of high-performing solutions for the development, production and quality assurance of satellite communications and payload testing applications.
Satellite communication systems must cover a diverse set of requirements in direct broadcast, wireless communications and remote sensing applications, operate reliably 24/7 with multi-decade system longevity, and be thoroughly tested to ensure a quality of service over the lifecycle of the satellite.
Visitors to the Rohde & Schwarz stand will experience state-of-the-art solutions that address these industry challenges. These include the R&S ZNA low-noise vector network analyser, R&S SMW200 configurable vector signal generator, R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser, and the R&S GSACSM signal monitoring solution for multi-device spectrum monitoring and satellite antenna testing, all trusted reference instruments of laboratories at the forefront of research worldwide.
Rohde & Schwarz experts will demonstrate how these solutions can help prepare systems for a life in space. The portfolio contains test solutions suitable for equipment both on the ground and on-board space vehicles. Highlighted applications include ground stations and ground terminals, positioning and navigation systems, satellite components and payloads, small satellites, and transmit/receive modules and antennas.
The Vector Network Analyser
The R&S ZNA vector network analyser combines excellent RF performance with a wide range of software features. The configurable hardware concept allows users to specify multiple low-noise sources, receivers, pulse modulators, and pulse generators. The convenient user interface and powerful features make characterising passive and active devices easy. Two- and four-port models are available and the frequency range extends from 10MHz to a maximum of 67GHz.
Vector Signal Generator
The R&S SMW200A vector signal generator supports single-path and dual-path operation, covering the signal range up to 67GHz and 44GHz respectively in each mode. It can also be configured for multichannel MIMO receiver testing up to 8x8 channels. The R&S SMW200 can generate signals for all major digital communications standards and is also used for advanced GNSS and radar testing.
Signal and Spectrum Analyser
The high-performance R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser has a wide internal analysis bandwidth for use with wideband components and communications systems. With extremely low phase noise and excellent sensitivity, the analyser has internal analysis bandwidth of 8.3GHz, real-time analysis bandwidth of 800MHz, and high dynamic range. Its integrated SCPI recorder simplifies code generation to boost user productivity.
Signal Monitoring System
The R&S GSACSM communication monitoring system is a SATMON software solution for remote spectrum monitoring and signal analysis. By providing classic spectrum analyser functions, trapping systems, and advanced signal detection and identification algorithms, this high-performance instrument handles multi-device spectrum monitoring, radiated power monitoring for antenna signals, and VSAT, SCPC signals, CID, and under-carrier signals. The system also comes with an API for software remote control.