QV-Lift project starting: paving the road for Terabit/s communication

A new month is starting and new projects are kick off for Martel! Can you imagine transmitting data at Tb/s ? This is exactly the satellite technology that QV-Lift project aims to achieve!

The QV-LIFT project, lead by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), aims at developing the foundation of the Ground Segment Technology for the future Q/V band Terabit SatCom systems. This will be done providing core technologies at two levels of the communication stack. At hardware level, key RF building blocks and subsystems in the Q/V band will be developed that will fill a specific and well known European technology gap; at network level, QV-LIFT will develop a Q/V band smart gateways management system able to counteract the propagation impairments which presents one of the main obstacles in the deployment of the Q/V band feeders system.   Both hardware and network developments will be demonstrated to be at TRL6 in a unique and realistic test environment where a mobile Q/V band terminal and three Earth stations will be linked to the Alphasat payload to create the QV-LIFT smart gateway network. It is worth noticing that Aldo Paraboni is the sole existing test payload operating in Q/V band, thus making the QV-LIFT experiments the most comprehensive and advanced assessment operated with Q/V band.