OneWeb and SatixFy UK plan to add a digital technology pathway payload that will include a full digital payload into OneWeb’s launch schedule during 2021.
According to the plan, this new technology will pave the way for satellites with a higher level of flexibility to efficiently support peaks in demand without oversizing the constellation.
The digital-transparent payload will demonstrate full Beam Hopping capability in both Forward and Return Links. It will include an On-Board-Processing subsystem capable of running independent links on the User and Gateway links on the ground with different capacities. Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Antenna with True Time Delay beam-forming, capable of pointing and switching multiple beams to multiple directions simultaneously are an additional major feature.
This combination of features enables significantly higher throughput to designated areas within satellite coverage, while continuing to meet all national security concerns.
The Beam hopping capability also enables seamless handover for mobile devices, between beams and satellites, suitable for in-flight connectivity solutions.
Advanced discussions are in progress for collaboration and support from the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.
“We have designed several chip sets across the full satellite value chain including terminals, payloads and gateways, creating a full eco-system based on our own software”, said Yoel Gat CEO of the SatixFy Group. “This new OneWeb satellite will demonstrate all of these capabilities.”