The German communications satellite Heinrich Hertz has been successfully launched into space. On board: the NEXT onboard processor from IQ Technologies for Earth and Space GmbH, based in the Adlershof Technology and Science Park. With its IQ spacecom division, the company develops high-performance radio communication solutions that enable flexible and highly efficient broadband data communication for small satellites.
The mission now launched marks the first time IQ spacecom's technology has been used in geostationary orbit (36,000 km from Earth). The Heinrich Hertz satellite will spend 15 years in space testing new technologies for satellite-based communications in space. By incorporating an on-board processing unit, the satellite can handle a very large amount of data streams, opening up a wide range of possibilities for various experiments. For example, it will serve as a relay for LEO satellite constellations and provide 5G/6G mobile communications.
The mission, which is being carried out by the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with financial support from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection and with significant participation by the German Federal Ministry of Defense, represents a significant milestone in the further development of German and European satellite capabilities.
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Source: News Release "Successful launch of the Heinrich Hertz communications satellite", Wista Management GmbH, News "Adlershof Science at Work", July 06, 2023.