Ka band propagation experiments on the Australian low-earth orbit microsatellite "FedSat"

Thorsten Kostulski*, Sam Reisenfeld

*Corresponding author for this work

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Previous Ka band communication experiments have been limited to the observation of geostationary satellites, such as ACTS and OLYMPUS, or have been kept commercial in confidence (Iridium). The Ka band payload on the Australian "FedSat" LEO microsatellite has opened up an opportunity to conduct novel Ka band propagation measurements at varying pointing angles, with the additional challenge of precisely tracking large Doppler shifts. This paper describes the unique experimental platform and qualitatively looks at first research results for beacon and carrier bent pipe modes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 6th Australian communications theory workshop 2005
EditorsLeif W. Hanlen, Paul D. Teal
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0780390075, 9780780390072
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Australian Communications Theory Workshop - 2005 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 2 Feb 20054 Feb 2005


Other6th Australian Communications Theory Workshop - 2005


  • Atmospheric measurements
  • Ka band
  • Low-earth orbit
  • Satellite communication
  • Satellite communication earth terminals
  • Satellite propagation


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