Triad RF’s Amplifier Powering BCT's Nano-Satellite for an Ultra-Long Range Data Communication Link

Triad RF Systems announced that in partnership with Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon, a Triad RF amplifier is providing high RF power in the transmitter of a BCT nano-satellite. The units are presently stored in the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft which docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in February of this year.

The spacecraft is part of the NG-15 commercial resupply mission and will remain attached to the ISS until May. The BCT nano-satellite powered by the Triad RF amplifier will be released from Cygnus on the return trip. Once launched, it will be enabling the ultra-long range data communication link needed to continuously monitor the spacecraft from earth.

“Triad's amplified radio system experience was key to the BCT/Cygnus success,” says Dean Handrinos, Co-Founder of Triad RF. “They informed us that our track record of designing and building fully-integrated, expertly tested, lightweight radios for space systems proved to be game-changing for this project. Every component impacting size, weight, and power (SWaP) needed to be fully optimized across the board.”

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