The Satellite Networks department plays since many years a leading role in Europe in the conception and investigation of novel system concepts, transmission techniques, protocols and applications for Satellite Communications.
The main application-areas are satellite IP-based transmission based on DVB standards, satellite communications for emergency and disaster scenarios, satellite communications for aeronautical applications (including both (“Air-Traffic Management” and “Air Passenger Communications”) and interactive Satellite TV provision to mobile handheld terminals.
Another work area of the department is optical free space communications, used for inter-satellite links, and increasingly used also for communication links within the atmosphere (aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and satellite-ground links). The department performs in this area cutting-edge research, recognised on a worldwide basis.
Last but not least, the Satellite Networks department leads since 2004 the European Satellite Communications Network of Excellence, SatNEx.
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