MARS2

Modular Advanced Radio for Satellite Services

RADIO TECHNOLOGY FOR NANO-SATS

The MARS2 project is a national project investigating unique technology, production capability and products to enable high-bandwidth communication applications for small satellites.

During the last years, the technological focus has shifted from the use of few, large and very expensive satellites to more dynamic networks of small and cheap nano-satellites with the size of a shoebox. Researchers from Aalborg University has, therefore, set out to develop a technology that enables the nano-satellites to have antennas whose radiation can be dynamically controlled.

The aim of the MARS2 project is to provide a technology push by gaining leverage from advances in high-frequency (10-40GHz) technology, to realize innovative antenna systems and radio-frequency circuits. An additional aim of the project is to achieve a small-satellite platform with an unprecedented level of modularity, specifically to reduce time-to-market and development cost.
In doing so, the project directly targets a central element in the value chain, which is cost-efficient realization of product flexibility.

A range of researchers from Aalborg University is involved in the project. These are Gert Frølund Pedersen, Ming Shen, Shuai Zhang, Jan H. Mikkelsen and Ole Kiel Jensen. In addition, the Danish companies GomSpace and Pri-Dana Elektronik is contributing to the project.

Innovation Fund Denmark is supporting the project with 27 mio. DKK whereof GomSpace's direct share is 10 mio. DKK.

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AAU Space Group - Researchers

Gert Frølund Pedersen

Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8660
Email: gfp@es.aau.dk

Ole Kiel Jensen

Associate Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8663
Email: okj@es.aau.dk

Jan H. Mikkelsen

Associate Professor

Department of Electronic Systems

Phone: +45 9940 8665
Email: hmi@es.aau.dk

PROJECT NAME

Modular Advanced Radio for Satellite Services

SHORT TITLE

MARS2

PROJECT STATUS

Active

EFFECTIVE START/END DATE

2018 - 2022

TOTAL BUDGET

DKK 47.1 million

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • Aalborg University
  • GomSpace
  • Pri-Dana Elektronik