The communications payload was designed and manufactured at the company’s Brisbane head office which features a new ISO7 (Class 10000) clean room, workstations, and wire bonding machines.
The satellite payload, launched on 18 July, features a flexible bent pipe architecture with both Ka and V-band uplinks and downlinking on either Ka or Q-band.
Its compact size, weight, and power consumption were tailored for operation on Space Flight Laboratory’s DEFIANT platform, a microsatellite measuring 30x30x45cm and weighing 30 kilograms.
EM Solutions chief engineer Garth Niethe said the company has demonstrated its agility in leveraging broad microwave experience to produce bespoke products for a range of applications.
“This was a great collective effort by EM Solutions’ design, test, and assembly members and the company’s suppliers and customers, SFL and Telesat,” he said.
“The effort was even more significant given the tight schedule and global component shortage issues.
“We specifically want to thank the National Space Test Facility at the Australian National University for their support in undertaking environmental testing.
“We want to continue to leverage the successful research and development efforts in Q and V bands for our most recent satellite transponder payload as we venture into other applications utilising our substantial expertise in microwave product design and manufacturing.”
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