World’s first Pi-powered satellite shows resilience of Raspberry Pi

11 April 2022

Undergraduate students at the Utah State University (USU) have successfully launched the first Pi-powered satellite into orbit. The GASPACS CubeSat, which was sponsored by NASA, features a Raspberry Pi Zero computer, a second-gen Pi Camera Module, and a DFRobot Beetle microcontroller to facilitate basic tasks at a low price.

Like other CubeSat devices, the GASPACS CubeSat is quite small — measuring a mere 10 centimetres wide. Its mission is to test an “aeroboom” stabilisation system, which successfully deployed 45 minutes after astronauts tossed GASPACS CubeSat off the ISS.

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‘Serving as the core platform for advanced wireless IoT applications’

11 April 2022

Laird Connectivity introduces the newest addition to its system-on-module (SOM) portfolio, the Summit SOM 8M Plus based on the NXP Semiconductors i.MX 8M Plus applications processor and 88W8997 wireless SoC.

The Summit SOM 8M Plus is a highly-integrated and comprehensive hardware and software solution that combines NXP’s multi-core applications processing with NXP dual-band 2x2 Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity for a broad range of advanced IoT applications.

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GenCell launches ‘revolutionary’ off-grid ammonia-to-power solution for MNOs

11 April 2022

GenCell Energy, a provider of hydrogen and ammonia to power solutions, is bringing to market the GenCell FOX off-grid power solution for mobile operators, that generates power on-demand from ammonia. The company reckons its new solution “delivers reliable, resilient and zero-emission primary power” which can replace fossil fuel generators. The solution can also complement solar PV and wind power solutions at telecom sites around the globe. The FOX can be placed at a telecom base station in virtually any location where grid services are poor or non-existent to keep the tower running without any need for servicing or refueling for as long as half a year.

An evolution of the GenCell A5, the GenCell FOX has been developed specifically to provide power for operators’ radio networks. GenCell says it has successfully completed a series of rigorous field tests of the FOX in various weather conditions with a number of operators, the company claims. It will be offering operators a limited number of pre-launch projects for deployment in 2022, and it will be available for full commercial deployment in 2023.

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New L-Band RF over fibre solution for air force satcom telemetry

11 April 2022

ViaLite Communications delivers a solution for a satellite communications downlink for air forces, transferring the L-Band signals through the ground station complex.

ViaLite’s L-Band HTS links, in the standalone blue OEM module format, were selected by AFRL for integration into their system. Compact, single link and available in RF bands up to 6 GHz, ViaLite claims “the links were an ideal fit”. They can be operated as either transmitters or receivers and are easily mounted into existing equipment.

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