High altitude pseudo-satellite ground control station.

A High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) works in the capability gap between a satellite and a UAV for unmanned commercial and defence purposes, such as providing temporary internet access above remote locations. These remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are capable of persistent operations over many weeks, whilst being exclusively powered by solar power.

The brief required Novatech to 'fit-out' a ground-control system for the pseudo-satellite, into a customised shipping container. While estimates from the client had stated that it would be completed in 12 weeks, Novatech's Specialist Hardware team sought to complete it in 3 weeks, freeing up the client's workload and manpower of their own engineer's.

As part of our de-risking and consultancy service, Novatech delivered detailed CAD drawings, updated process instructions and design documents outlining the client's network and computing requirements.

This resulted in a durable and fully integrated system, comprised of energy-efficient mini-PCs and a turn-key compute and storage rack solution, all built using the latest Intel and Juniper COTs hardware. Working with the client's amazing technology, Novatech has built an intelligent system that can be theoretically operated in even the most extreme of conditions for remotely piloting the pseudo-satellites from anywhere in the world.

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Sector Aviation
  • Budget £500,000
  • Project Life Span 1 year
  • Solutions Rack Integration Factory Acceptance Testing Security Cleared on-site installation Network Infrastructure integration Prototyping Noise Testing

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