A High-Throughput Satellite System for Serving whole Europe with Fast Internet Service, Employing Optical Feeder Links

Conference: Breitbandversorgung in Deutschland - 9. ITG-Fachkonferenz
04/20/2015 - 04/21/2015 at Berlin, Deutschland

Proceedings: ITG-Fb. 256: Breitbandversorgung in Deutschland

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Giggenbach, Dirk; Lutz, Erich; Poliak, Juraj; Mata-Calvo, Ramon; Fuchs, Christian (German Aerospace Center, Institute of Communications and Navigation, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)

Geostationary communication satellites can effectively cover gaps in internet-connectivity of European households that cannot be reached by terrestrial technology. However, these satellite systems need a major technological advancement in terms of data throughput. Therefore we propose a bidirectional communication satellite system with user links in the Ka-band and feeder-links that provide Terabits per second transmission rates. To keep the number of gateway stations at a reasonable number, higher RF frequencies (Q/V-band) or even optical feeder links are required. This new transmission technology requires a conceptual change in ground network layout, at the same time increasing satellite throughput capabilities by around two orders of magnitude.