A new four channel AlphaSat Ka- and Q- band receiver station established in Ljubljana

In August 2015, a new beacon receiver station has been set-up at Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana. It is one of the three European stations with capabilities to measure the 19.7 GHz and 39.4 GHz satellite beacons and their cross-polar components and with capabilities to track the satellite in its geosynchronous orbit. The purpose of the project is to analyse the measured data and to research the atmosphere impacts on the radio wave propagation. Up to now, these effects were rather unexplored, especially at Q-band (39.4 GHz). The results will enable the communication engineers to develop efficient technology at high frequency bands and hence enable high satellite communication throughputs in the order of terabits/s. The results and analyses will be made in the scope of the actions of the European international group ASAPE (Group of the AlphaSat Aldo Paraboni propagation Experimenters).