H T S 4 A L L
ENABLING THE FULLY AUTOMATED COMMISSIONING OF NEXT GENERATION OF SATCOM SERVICES AND ANTENNAS
Broadband connections are getting faster and it is more and more being considered as the right way to access to digital services, wherever you are in the globe. Thanks to VHTS, satellite broadband services are offered to rural communities at a much cheaper rate and better quality than ever before, so consumers are beginning to see the value in turning to these services for a better (or in some cases any) connection. HTS is a great alternative to terrestrial connectivity however many customers are complaining about the complexity compared to fiber, especially in the deployment face in mobility scenarios.
The HTS4ALL project aims to address this challenge for satellite communications by developing, tailoring and demonstrating of SATMOTION concept and approach in the new Electronically Steerable Phased Array Antenna (ESPAA) and satellite services in mobility scenarios:
Making ESPAA and Satellite Technology more attractive proposition to the end customer by drastically simplify the task of installing and commissioning satellite services, ensuring the required technical quality and reducing the cost of VSAT deployment, and
Open the door to accurate self-customer installation with easy-to-use technology by simplifying the installation process through intuitive tools.
Bringing to the area a powerful platform for services monitoring and analysis with a tight balance between costs and benefits which enables its deployment as standard in mobility scenarios (i.e. maritime).
In this project, INTEGRASYS and PARADIGM join its innovative solutions to offer a platform for automated services and antennas commissioning that is highly expected by the satellite ground system market:: A ESPAA antenna that is able to automatically commission with the Network Operation Center (NOC) without human intercession, and satisfy the RF performance parameters required by such NOC, in terms of interferences and power. The same platform will allow the remote recovery of connection in many cases, avoiding the installers has to visit the site again (in many cases, it is in very isolated areas as desserts, high-sea, forest, mountains…).
Figure 1 . Satmotion solution (left) and Paradigm antenna (right).
Nowadays ESPAAs RF parameters are configured based on local algorithms, and the integration of INTEGRASYS solutions will provide ESPAAs with information about the effect in other elements of SatCom network: Adjacent Satellite Interference, Power Saturation in the NOC and RF Polarization interference. It will open to ESPAAs to a unprecedented improvement highly appreciated in the sector, and will suppose a step forward to fulfil the requirements on the New Space.
During the project, we will develop from the ground a software-based solution that enables the full automated commissioning of ESPAA and PARADIGM traditional antennas and fulfilment of the RF performance requirements imposed by Network Operation Center, Teleport or HUB. The software solution will be embedded inside in PARADIGM control unit of ESPAAs antennas, for Ku frequency bands, and it will demonstrate:
Automated commissioning and optimizing RF performance.
Remote recovery of connectivity in isolated area.
This project has received funding from the Eurostars programme with co-funding by EUREKA member countries and the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and also from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and CDTI under funding No. CIIP-20212003.