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Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology - Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications

The Institute (IKS) is specialised in design, development, AIV and operations of nanosatellites, advanced satellite communications systems, microwave propagation, space applications esp. emergency communications and disaster management) and field trials. An extensive infrastructure of satellite ground stations for GEO and LEO satellites, test and Simulation facilities allows the verification of systems in a realistic environment.

Technologies and competences

Design, development & testing of space-qualified hard- and software, especially small satellites
• Payloads for nanosatellites (on-board computers, RF and optical transceivers)
• Advanced modulation, synchronisation and coding techniques
• Wave propagtion at frequencies above 10 GHz
• Adaptive transmission and fade mitigation techniques
• Advanced communications protocols for Space applications

Products and services in space

  • Advanced modulation, synchronisation, forward error correcting coding systems
  • Flight-ready nanosatellites
  • Satellite communications systems
  • Space and ground segment systems

Space related test benches, laboratories, etc.

• Fixed and transportable satellite ground stations for Ku- and Ka-Band (10-14, 20-30 GHz)
• AIV: clean rooms (class 10.000 and 100.000), vibration test facility, thermal and vacuum chambers for environmental tests
• 2 tracking ground station for LEO satellites
• Satellite and ground station simulator
• Time and frequency laboratory with caesium clock - Simulation test-bed for satcom baseband systems

Employees 10 - 50
Turnover < 1M€
Export quota space 70 %
  Research Development Production
Applied Research: Spacecraft
Applied Research: Launchers and Manned Flight      
Applied Research: Ground Segment
Applied Research: Instruments and Payloads      
Applied Research: Satellite-based Services
Basic Research for Space Technology
Other Experimental Research      

Graz University of Technology - Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications
Inffeldgasse 12, 8010 Graz
+43 316 873-7440
Contact: Otto Koudelka
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Last modification: 2017-10-10