Kratos aims to reduce complexity of ground systems for small satellites with quantumGND

Kratos 112Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a San Diego, CA-based national security solutions provider, introduced on August 6 quantumGND, the first complete C2 to RF ground systems package specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of the small sat community.

Pre-integrated, affordable and easy-to-use, quantumGND is a full-function, out-of-the box ground system solution for small satellites. Including everything from the C2 system through the ground network and ground modem, quantumGND lets operators focus on their mission and payload instead of building their own C2 and RF signal processing capabilities.

quantumGND is comprised of three pre-integrated components. quantumCMD provides C2 for a single small satellite up to a small sat fleet. qFEP and qRADIO (manufactured by Kratos subsidiary RT Logic) provide the baseband processing functions required between the C2 system and the antenna. Together, these components deliver a virtual machine architecture that features plug-and-play design for simplified setup, automation tools for lights-out operation and complete situational awareness in one dashboard.

“Like large, traditional satellites, small sats require command and control software, data processing, networking and RF signal processing. What they don’t necessarily require is the same degree of complexity and added cost of traditional ground systems designed for large satellites,” said Matt Prechtel, Business Area Director for Small Satellites. “Leveraging Kratos’ extensive experience in RF signal processing and command and control, quantumGND is modular and extensible, a ready to use ground system solution for small satellites.”

“The growth of the small sat industry is being driven by advances in design, manufacturing and launch technologies that have reduced satellite size, production time and launch costs by orders of magnitude. quantumGND brings the same cost and time reductions to small sat C2 and RF signal processing,” said Stuart Daughtridge, Vice President of Advanced Technologies at Kratos.

While designed to bring maximum value as a turnkey system, quantumGND’s modular components can be purchased separately by small satellite operators with existing C2 or RF ground system elements.

Source: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions