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S-Net [TU Berlin]

S-Net is a nanosatellite project of the Technical University of Berlin to investigate and demonstrate the inter-satellite communication technology within a distributed an autonomously operating nanosatellite network.

As space born systems have become an essential element in facing global challenges such as climate change, disaster management and maritime systems monitoring, rapid response and low cost systems are in high demand.

A key technology to increase the operational efficiency of distributed satellite systems via formations or even autonomous swarms is the miniaturizing of intersatellite communication technology. TU Berlin developed an S band transceiver (SLink) with 100 kbps crosslink and 1 Mbps downlink capability suitable for accommodation in nanosatellites.

Currently TU Berlin is developing a mission of four nanosatellites to verify the SLink payload and demonstrate intersatellite communication on a sophisticated level. An increasing numbers of communication entities participating in the network relates to a larger test bed for algorithm and verification. However for a nanosatellite based demonstration mission, four satellites present the best cost-benefit-ratio. Four entities enable six independent communication links while three satellites only make three links possible. Furthermore a multi-hop communication can only be realized with a number of at least four nodes.

Nation: Germany
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: TU Berlin
Contractors: TU Berlin
Equipment: SLink payload
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Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 1 years
Mass: 8 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
S-Net 1 (Tubsat TBD) - 2017 with ?, S-Net 2, S-Net 3, S-Net 4
S-Net 2 (Tubsat TBD) - 2017 with ?, S-Net 1, S-Net 3, S-Net 4
S-Net 3 (Tubsat TBD) - 2017 with ?, S-Net 1, S-Net 2, S-Net 4
S-Net 4 (Tubsat TBD) - 2017 with ?, S-Net 1, S-Net 2, S-Net 3