The consortium is composed by three members: Space Engineering, EUTELSAT and DLR. Space Engineering is the prime and deals with the system level analysis and the space segment. EUTELSAT is a space operator and has investigated the business case. DLR is involved in the design of the ground segment.
The analysed satellite network is composed by a wide range of elements (Fig. 1). The satellite is supported by a hub station and by a certain number of complementary ground components. The users can be, for example, handheld devices, vehicles, ships or airplanes.
DLR investigates a whole range of advanced ground segment techniques. The most relevant are:
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