Germany’s DLR stress-tests S-NET cubesat constellation, plans lasercom orbital test this year

by Amy Svitak

PARIS -- The German Aerospace Center DLR is funding a series of nanosat projects aimed at demonstrating the potential of inter-satellite communications in space.

The center’s most recent endeavor, S-NET, is qualifying a group of four identical nanosats aimed at developing a low-cost, autonomous narrow-band satellite network that could support IoT and machine-to-machine applications.

Working with IQ Spacecom GmbH, the Technical University of Berlin (TUB) — which has a long history in smallsats — developed an S-band transceiver . . .

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