Space Micro Delivers Ka-Band Flight Model Transmitter for NASA Goddard’s TESS Program
San Diego, CA – February 6, 2018
Space Micro announced they have delivered a flight-qualified Ka-band transmitter for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) program, following an extensive environmental qualification testing program at Space Micro’s San Diego production facility.
Space Micro’s standard software defined Ka-Band transmitter supports transmit frequencies from 25.25 GHz to 27 GHz, data rates of up to 4 Gbps, and RF output power ranging from 3 mW to 5W. This customized software defined radio’s (SDR’s) RF output power is specified at 0.5 W (end of life) and has a data rate of 100 Mbps.
“Our Space Micro team is honored and pleased to contribute to this NASA program of national significance to discover new exoplanets. Our affordable, radiation hardened product will also support the emerging commercial imaging constellations which need to close their financial business case, based on selling data to end customers,” said CEO David J. Strobel.
During its two year mission, TESS will be searching for drops in brightness in over 200,000 stars. These drops in brightness are due to planetary transits. The planetary transit data TESS collects will be used by NASA to determine where to point its multibillion dollar James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). TESS is scheduled for launch in 2018 aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket.