Technical Education Webinar Series
Title: Spectrum Considerations for Satellites and Ramifications for RF Interference
Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET
Sponsored by: Rohde & Schwarz and LPKF
Presented by: Thomas J. Fagan, Sr. Project Engineer
Choosing the right frequencies is critical to proper operation of small satellites and essential to reducing RF interference. Satellites rely on radio frequency spectrum for telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C) and data downlinks. This spectrum requirement applies not only to the satellites but also for the associated ground stations providing TT&C functions. Small satellites place unique demands on the regulatory process, which is due to their short time in development. Selecting the proper transmit and receive frequencies in bands that are allocated for a small satellite application and operations type is essential to successful operation of the satellite and reduction of radio frequency interference (RFI).
Mr. Thomas J. Fagan is a Senior Project Engineer in the Civil Spectrum Management group at The Aerospace Corporation. He is a RF designer, E3 engineer and a spectrum management specialist for space systems. He provides program office support to the US Space Force, Space Missile Center, Development Core as well as weather satellites for NOAA/NASA.
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