Satellite Ground Control Interface

Abaco Systems, Inc.
Huntsville, AL

Abaco Systems, Inc. recently announced an initial award of a $900k design win, with a lifetime potential win of several million, for ground control interface supporting the Space Force’s Protected Tactical Satellite (PTS) Communication Program (SATCOM). PTS serves as a next generation anti-jamming satellite communication system to support warfighters globally.

Through the command and control of all DOD satellites, satellite operators provide force-multiplying effects – continuous global coverage, low vulnerability and autonomous operations. Satellites provide essential in-theater secure communications, weather and navigational data for ground, air and fleet operations and threat warning.

Ground-based and space-based systems monitor ballistic missile launches around the world to guard against a surprise missile attack on North America. A global network of space surveillance sensors provide vital information on the location of satellites and space debris for the nation and the world. Maintaining space superiority is an emerging capability required to protect U.S. space assets from hostile attacks.

The win contains Abaco’s VP868 FPGA card, as well as the FMC172 FPGA mezzanine card. The VP868 serves as a high-performance 6U OpenVPX compliant plug-in module with advanced digital signal processing capabilities. It is suitable for applications that require high-performance processing and I/O with the ability to scale from the lab to deployed rugged environments.

The FMC172 provides high performance, low latency and high sample rates. When paired, the VP868 and FMC172 deliver a platform to solve some of the most difficult challenges when designing modern DSP systems.

Abaco was chosen by the U.S. Space Force based on a number of innovations, specifically the ability to develop board support package (BSP) interfaces between the processor card and the FMC module. The first order for this design win will be fully delivered by the end of 2020 with additional boards being delivered between 2022 and 2023.

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is the newest branch of the Armed Forces, established December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The USSF was established within the Department of the Air Force, meaning the Secretary of the Air Force has overall responsibility for the USSF, under the guidance and direction of the Secretary of Defense. Its primary mission is to organize, train, and equip space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities include developing Guardians, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems specializes in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. Their modular solutions are based on open standards and are characterized by rugged reliability and minimal SWaP.

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