Press Release

PrimaLuceLab presents INTREPID 500XS the X/S-band radio telescope as ground station for satellite communication

By SpaceRef Editor
October 19, 2021
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PrimaLuceLab presents the brand new INTREPID 500XS, the professional radio telescope designed for satellite communication and spacecraft mission support. Science institutes and space agencies now have an affordable system to let them own and operate a high performance ground station.

PrimaLuceLab SpA, registered office: via Roveredo 20/b 33170 Pordenone. PIVA 01736450931.

INTREPID 500S X/S-band radio telescope uses a 5,0 meter diameter full dish antenna with a very high surface precision. The dual X/S band feed allows to record frequencies both in X and S bands with 300MHz bandwidth each and dual circular polarisation. The giant GS-800 antenna tracking system allows high precision pointing and tracking of satellites in the sky, with slewing speed up to 12°/sec.

Main specifications:

• Antenna diameter (m): 5

• Antenna type: Prime focus

• Working frequency: 2100–2400 MHz in S-band / 8300–8600MHz in X-band

• Bandwidth: 300 MHz both in S and X bands

• Feed: Dual S/X band, coaxial

• Polarization: circular, left and right hand

• Mount: GS-800 antenna tracking system

• Pier: C800-HEAVY High load capacity pier for concrete base

• Remote control: yes

• Maximum slewing speed: 12°/sec

• Weatherproof: Yes

INTREPID 500XS comes with GS-800 antenna tracking system with maximum slewing speed of 12°/sec.

The INTREPID 500XS radio telescope uses the professional GS-800 antenna tracking system that we have specially designed and built to move the large 5 meter diameter full dish with great speed (up to 12°/sec) and precision, in order to track even fast moving satellites in low Earth orbit. GS-800 antenna tracking system has 800 Kg load capacity with very high precision pointing and tracking (encoders with a read resolution of 0,0003°). It can also be equipped with a special electronic security system (optional) which “parks” the antenna pointed at the Zenith (the vertical position) when the wind exceeds 75 Km/h, offering the lowest resistance to the wind. More information is available on our website www.radio2space.com

About PrimaLuceLab:

PrimaLuceLab SpA is the Italian SME founded in 2013 to bring to innovative solutions for remote Space exploration. With a brilliant staff of engineers, designers and expert users, PrimaLuceLab is able to create affordable observatory stations with optical and radio telescopes and simplify remote space exploration. Our observatory stations are designed for several applications: Remote Satellite Imaging, Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), Scientific research & education, Solar Activity Monitoring, Satellite Communication, Photometry, Spectroscopy and more. We offer worldwide shipping, installation and training services with a dedicated team that assist you in your remote space exploration. Today, PrimaLuceLab is recognized around the world for its contributions to making sky observation accessible and affordable.

Filippo Bradaschia Ph.D.

President

PrimaLuceLab

SpaceRef staff editor.