PhD project: Operationally Responsive Space Software Defined Radio

  • Birklykke, Alex Aaen (Projektdeltager)
  • Le Moullec, Yannick (Projektdeltager)
  • Prasad, Ramjee (Projektdeltager)



Recent years have seen the introduction of reconfigurable hardware, especially Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), in space applications. The flexibility of FPGAs and the possibility of self or remote reconfiguration eliminat many of the risks normally related with a fixed parameter design in e.g. RF receivers. They also make it possible to change the overall functionallity of the system inflight.

This opens for satellites that can dynamically respond to changes in mission objectives while in orbit – this ability is also known as operationally responsive space. The goal of the project is to design an operationally responsive space Software Defined Radio (SDR) framework. This involves research and development of robust and flexible SDR components that can operate in high dynamic environments and with periodic or sporadic changes in requirements. The key and unifying component in the solution is the flexibility and computational power provided by the FPGA technology, which will be used for baseband signal processing.

The project is executed in cooperation with and under the supervision of GomSpace who will also provide testing access to their experimental satellite platform GOMX, due to launch in Q3 2011.

Funding is provided by Vækstforum through Center for TeleInfrastruktur (CTIF) at Aalborg University and GomSpace APS.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/08/201031/07/2013