Inovor Technologies Partners with ANU to Develop Resilient Radio for Satellite Communication

Inovor Technologies Partners with ANU to Develop Resilient Radio for Satellite Communication

Satellites rely on radio systems to generate, transmit, receive, and process signals. Satellites are akin to computers in the sky, and radio communication serves as their primary means of interaction with us on the ground. Naturally, when communicating with any type of computer, more data is advantageous, and satellites are no exception.

Traditionally, this has been achieved using Radio Frequency (RF) technology due to its ability to travel long distances. However, these signals may be weakened due to interference, originating from both human-made sources and natural phenomena.

To make SATCOMM more resilient, Inovor Technologies and The Australian National University (ANU) are co-developing a new software-defined radio (SDR) solution that is set to be onboard all of Inovor’s locally manufactured satellites.

“Inovor is a pioneering Australian space company. I’ve worked with them for five years now and witnessed their drive to build sovereign capabilities for the space industry, from star trackers and reaction wheels to entire small satellite buses,” said iLAuNCH Trailblazer Executive Director, Darin Lovett.

“This project under the iLAuNCH partnership will see ANU and Inovor build a satellite-based Software Defined Radio (SDR) and a subsequent launch into space to demonstrate critical space-flight heritage, paving the way for exports.”

The SDR will implement basic communication strategies and facilitate high data rate transfers to advance satellite communications.

“We are employing a postdoc fellow who will extend our R&D beyond simulation technologies for ground testing. We will also enhance the system’s ability to maintain resilient radio links, regardless of the interference encountered,” said ANU Lead of Information and Signal Processing Cluster, Associate Professor Nan Yang.

With a strong emphasis on local manufacturing, Inovor Technologies controls the manufacturing process, to ensure quality, security, and timely delivery of their satellites.

“These SDRs are being designed to resist the extreme temperatures and radiation levels of space and will be able to position satellites more accurately post-launch and feed control information to the onboard maneuvering system,” said Inovor CEO and Founder, Matthew Tetlow.

“All these critical components will be crafted within our facilities, to establish a sovereign edge, reinforcing our ability to maximize mission assurance.”

Both satellites and ground stations are completely dependent on radio systems, so the SDR is a crucial component in the satellite industry.

To enable Inovor to develop a high data rate radio sub-system, ANU will conduct research and provide simulation models to guide design choices and validate the design at various stages. In parallel, Inovor will develop the prototype hardware and software to support the activities, using the simulation models provided by ANU to qualify the design at critical points. This prototype hardware and software would include the SDR module that is capable of a space-to-ground link and inter-satellite links. Finally, the SDR module will be integrated into the Inovor Apogee Bus for an on-orbit demonstration of all capabilities.

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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