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New Australian teleport to target LEO/MEO market using innovative ViaLite links

(10 December 2019 - ViaLite) Targeting the growing low/medium Earth orbit satellite market, Capricorn Space’s new Australian teleport will be assisted by the use of ViaLite RF over fiber links.

ViaLite’s lossless, high-bandwidth links will be used to connect the teleport’s main equipment room with the outdoor shelters located next to the S/X-band antenna dishes.

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Capricorn Space teleport, Australia (courtesy: ViaLite)

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ViaLite 3U rack chassis (courtesy: ViaLite)

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ViaLite Blue2 link (courtesy: ViaLite)

Working with their UK-based antenna systems supplier, the ViaLite solution uses leading edge technology to carry three bands (L-band, S-band and IF-band) across the same ViaLite Wideband RF over fiber link.

The antenna systems supplier also integrated the ViaLite Blue2 dual modules for the antenna end of the links. The Blue2 provides a highly efficient way of integrating two modules in a single compact enclosure and is available in three basic options: dual transmit, dual receive and transceiver. This saves space and cost, and also has very low power consumption.

The main equipment room uses ViaLite 3U rack cards and chassis, again utilizing the dual module approach, making the system highly integrated and expandable as the teleport grows its operations.

“We have had an excellent experience working with ViaLite and the flexibility the installed system provides is critical to the capability development as we bring our Western Australian site into commercial service,” said Mark Thompson, Capricorn Space CEO.

Richard Jacklin, ViaLite’s Director of Sales, commented: “This is an exciting project to supply our innovative RF over fiber solutions to help a new teleport operator that is aiming for the high growth LEO/MEO satellite market.”

The Capricorn Space AGN-W site in Western Australia went live in October and is now in the process of on-boarding
customers needing access to the recently commissioned S/X Band antennas and also provisioning leased services for
customers to install their own antennas on the site.