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SMILE Radio Amateur Antenna

The ESOC-3 antenna is capable of receiving both commercial (2200-2300 MHz) and amateur (circa 2400 – 2500 MHz) S-band.

The antenna is transportable, i.e. it does not require any permanent support structure, connectivity nor power supply and can be easily dismantled and moved to a new location. The backend is stored in a cabinet located next to the antenna and can use wireless connectivity for monitoring and control.

A unique feature of the antenna is that users will be able to modify relevant software (APU, receiver, etc.), therefore allowing to support specific experiments and/or tailored configuration.



Parameter Specification
Diameter1.25 m (offset)
Frequency rangeS-Band RX: 2200-2600 MHz (receive only)
Intermediate frequencyS-Band TX: none (direct SDR sampling)
Figure of merit (G/T, estimated)S-Band: 1.2 dB/K
3 dB beam width (estimated)S-Band: 6.4°
3 Axis movementAzimuth: 360° Elevation: 0-90°
Operating temperature-
Maximum wind speed115 km/h (in operation), 235 km/h (stowed)
Max Velocity (estimated)8°/s
Max Acceleration (estimated)2.3°/s2
Weight (estimated)~ 300 kg
Power supplySolar panels (can be upgraded to work with mains)
ConnectivityWi-Fi, mobile network, Ethernet

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