An important milestone has been reached by SatixFy, supported by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) using the OneWeb Constellation, to successfully demonstrate a high-speed, low-speed 5G backhaul. latency with a LEO satellite
The demonstration was made possible by SatixFy’s fully electronically piloted compact multi-beam multi-orbit antenna terminal
The SatixFy terminal also demonstrated simultaneous multi-orbit communications with a LEO and GEO satellite using its multi-satellite multi-beam capability
Demonstration validates integration of space and ground networks using 5G links
5G is a significant potential additional market opportunity for SatixFy technology in the future – Northern Sky Research estimates SatCom services revenue of $35 billion by 2030
HARWELL, England (SatixFy Communications Ltd. PR) — SatixFy Communications Ltd. (“SatixFy”), a leader in next-generation satellite communications systems based on in-house developed chipsets, today announced its pivotal role in enabling the first-ever demonstration of a high-speed, low-latency link with a constellation of LEO satellites integrating 5G (video available here). SatixFy has partnered with OneWeb under the ESA Sunrise partnership project, with support from the UK Space Agency, to develop a compact electronically oriented multibeam network suitable for mobility services on LEO and GEO satellites simultaneously. The terminal can also be integrated with 5G equipment to enable end-to-end access to a LEO constellation network via a 5G signal.
On June 28, 2022, a demonstration at the ESA/ECSAT facilities in Harwell achieved the world’s first 5G terrestrial communications connected to a constellation of LEO satellites, using a compact electronic antenna powered by SatixFy to connect to a constellation of LEO satellites operated by OneWeb. The demonstration involved a super compact satellite terminal mounted on a car. The user terminal antenna performed multiple satellite and beam transfers, as well as frequency hopping over the OneWeb LEO network at 1,200 km, while maintaining a simultaneous and continuous link with a GEO satellite at an altitude of 36,000 km. Live 4K UHDTV video and audio streaming took place from the GEO satellite.
The new super-compact user terminal will undergo further testing to unleash its full capabilities with LEO and GEO links for mobility services. Upon completion of testing and certification, the user terminal will be optimized for different mobility use cases, including IFC, with the goal of providing an efficient system for OneWeb business services for any mobile platform on earth, sea and air.
Simona Gat, CEO of SatixFy UK, said: “I am proud of this important milestone achieved by the entire SatixFy team, who have worked with our partners at OneWeb and CGI, with great support from the UK Space Agency and of the ESA. This test further validates our products for two of our main target markets: electronically controlled multibeam user terminals for mobility and the use of our terminals to address the vast space market of 5G. It was a pleasure to work with OneWeb to demonstrate this unique capability. »
Massimiliano Ladovaz, CTO at OneWeb, said, “At OneWeb, our approach to connectivity involves working with world-class industry partners who share our vision of a truly connected world. We are therefore delighted to partner with SatixFy on this research program funded by the UK and the European Space Agency. We’re working together to connect the hardest to reach people with new space-based LEO connectivity. SatixFy’s revolutionary electronically driven array antenna technology will, once in commercial production, allow mobility customers such as airlines, rail operators and coach companies to leverage the power of not only the OneWeb LEO network , but also terrestrial 5G and legacy GEO satellite. networks. A hybrid, multi-beam, multi-constellation solution that ensures passengers stay connected wherever they are – whether in the air, in the middle of the ocean or in the farthest corners of the world.
Elodie Viau, Director ESA Telecom said: “This test is the first of its kind, and is a true team collaboration between ESA, OneWeb and SatixFy UK. It connected the ESA 5G/6G hub at the ESA/ECSAT Harwell site via OneWeb satellites, using the super flat and advanced antenna manufactured by SatixFy UK for mobility services. Through the Sunrise Partnership Project, we aim to show that high-quality and fast 5G connectivity is now a reality, for the benefit of everyone, every day and everywhere.
Dr Paul Brate, Director General of the UK Space Agency, said: “This is a world first and demonstrates the vital role space can play in improving connectivity. SatixFy’s antenna technology, developed with support from the UK Space Agency, is advancing satellite communications, enabling new markets in collaboration with companies like OneWeb. The results of this trial will help transform the way satellite and terrestrial networks interact, accelerating the development of technologies such as connected vehicles and self-driving cars. It’s a great example of why we’re supporting ESA’s state-of-the-art 5G/6G hub at Harwell, which will create new business opportunities and catalyze investment in the UK’s thriving space sector.
On March 8, 2022, SatixFy announced that it had entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Endurance Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:EDNC), a publicly traded Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) formed by a subsidiary of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm. Upon closing of the transaction, shares of SatixFy are expected to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol “SATX”.
SatixFy develops next-generation end-to-end satellite communication systems, including satellite payloads, user terminals and modems, based on powerful chipsets it develops in-house.
SatixFy’s products include modems with software-defined radio (SDR) and fully electronically controlled multi-beam antennas (ESMA) that support the advanced DVB-S2X communication standard. SatixFy’s innovative ASICs and RFICs improve the overall performance of satellite communication systems, reduce the weight and power requirements of terminals and payloads, and save space for gateway equipment. SatixFy’s advanced VSATs and fully electronically steered multi-beam antenna arrays are optimized for a variety of mobile applications and services, using LEO, MEO and GEO satellite communication systems, for aero/en flight, on-the-go communication applications, satellite Internet of Things, machine-to-machine devices, and consumer user terminals.
Founded in 2012, SatixFy is headquartered in Rehovot, Israel, with additional offices in the US, UK, and Bulgaria. For more information, please visit www.SatixFy.com.
About Endurance Acquisition Corp.
Endurance Acquisition Corp. (“Endurance”) is a special purpose acquisition company formed by a subsidiary of Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition , stock purchase, reorganization or similar. business combination with one or more companies. Endurance was founded on April 23, 2021 and is headquartered in New York, NY.