ETL Systems Launches Improved Falcon² Frequency Converters for Satellite Communication Systems

ETL Systems Launches Improved Falcon² Frequency Converters for Satellite Communication Systems

ETL Systems, a global manufacturer of RF systems and components, has launched the new and improved Falcon² Frequency Converter governing advancement in frequency conversion technology. This innovative solution, housed in a compact 1U GENUS chassis, offers enhanced RF performance, flexibility, and cooling for uplink and downlink RF signals across the L-band to Ka-band spectrum. Tailored for diverse satellite communication systems, Falcon² is the ideal choice for demanding applications.

Frequency converters play a crucial role in translating signals from one frequency band to another. The upgraded ETL Falcon² represents a significant leap forward in frequency conversion technology, demonstrating advanced agility and precision. Operating across Ka, Ku, K, C, X, L and IF-band spectrum.

Falcon² can accommodate up to four conversion modules. This includes agile or block up or down converters. All of which are field-serviceable and replaceable. With its cutting-edge design and agile functionality, users can effortlessly adapt, ensuring optimal signal reception and processing. These attributes position it as a top choice for demanding satellite communication applications.

Falcon2 offers improved RF performance and cooling features

  • Hot-swappable individual cooling fans within each module.
  • Utilization of a machined 4-slot housing to enhance RF performance and reduce spurious interference.
  • Implementation of updated software for enhanced LO cancellation
  • Introduction of an advanced field replaceable 100MHz Reference Card with improved phase noise specifications

Salient Features

  • Adaptable And Field-Serviceable Design: The GENUS modular chassis, accommodating up to four conversion modules, ensures adaptability with features such as hot-swappable dual redundant power supplies and field-serviceable components. The improved design minimizes downtime and costs, making the GENUS range cost-effective across all market sectors.
  • Preferred Solution For High-Resilience Scenarios: Falcon² 's superior RF performance and advanced cooling features position it as the preferred choice for teleports, earth stations, satellite operations, government and defense applications, telemetry, tracking, command, and high-resilience scenarios.
  • Enhanced Spurious And Phase Noise Performance: With hot-swappable technology and complete independence of the Falcon² module, its module capacity sets a new standard. Now, featuring an advanced 100MHz reference card with superior phase noise specifications enabling the user to use the latest referencing technologies.
  • A Technological Leap Forward: Described by Ben Brown, Head of RF Hardware Development at ETL Systems, as a significant leap forward in frequency conversion technology, Falcon² underscores ETL Systems' commitment to meeting industry needs.

Key Applications

  • Teleports & Earth Stations
  • Satellite Operations
  • Government & Defence applications
  • Telemetry, Tracking & Command
  • High Resilience applications

Click here to learn more about the Falcon2 Frequency Converters

Publisher: SatNow

GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013