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Successful test confirms Inmarsat technology and IQ spacecom product, launched at ILA Air Show in Berlin
Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications has launched InCommand with a transceiver from IQ spacecom, a division of IQ Technologies for Earth and Space GmbH of Germany at the ILA Air Show in Berlin (Hall 6 booth 432). The ELERA-powered InCommand capability from Inmarsat enables instant commanding and telemetry on-demand for low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
InCommand provides a global tasking capability via Inmarsat’s ELERA L-band GEO satellites using IQ spacecom’s low-cost and low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) transceiver for cubesat and smaller LEO satellites.
The low-cost XLink-L receiver and transmitter, which weighs 200 grams (7 ounces) is ideal for cubesat operators. The InCommand system will request dynamically Inmarsat L-band capacity, globally in real-time, for tasking and commanding cubesat and smaller LEO satellites via Inmarsat’s GEO network. Even the polar areas are in line of sight for the GEO-LEO link.
A successful ground test took place in May 2022, using an adaptation of the IQ spacecom heritage unit, XLink‑S transceiver, adapted to Inmarsat’s L-band ELERA network enabling two-way communications from an operator to a GEO satellite to the ground-based transceiver and back. This successful test will be followed by an in-orbit demonstration.
Exhibitor: IQ spacecom