LIDE Satellite

Name LIDE (Direct Access Live Demonstration)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Launcher not launched
Organization Tyvak
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Headquarters Italy
Manufacturer AIVT by Tyvak
Operator Tyvak
Partners PicoSaTs, RAME, TIM

LIDE involves designing, manufacturing, and testing a 12U spacecraft and two dedicated ground terminals for a live demonstration.

The 12U spacecraft, based on Tyvak International’s Renegade standard Platform, integrates transparent bent-pipe transponders from PICOSATS and K/Ka Band patch array antennae. In-orbit experiments aim to establish bidirectional K/Ka band links, evaluating key performance indicators (KPIs) such as C/N, latency, and throughput with data rates of at least 1 Mbps in uplink and 10 Mbps in downlink. Ground terminals incorporate Software Radio Stack solutions compatible with the latest NTN scenario.

Following a successful first phase focused on technical specifications and budget consolidation, the Consortium achieved the Critical Design Review. Current efforts involve the procurement process, Payload environmental qualification, and validation of critical elements, including antennae, through dedicated tests at TIM’s anechoic chamber.

Upcoming milestones include the System Integration Readiness Review, spacecraft final assembly and testing, and the Flight Readiness Review. The satellite launch is planned at the end of 2024. This mission, a pivotal step in the European 5G/6G telecommunication roadmap, aims to surpass previous 5G demonstration mission throughputs, setting the stage for future platforms capable of achieving transmission speeds in the range of hundreds of Mbps. 

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Last modified: 2024-05-29

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