Satellite Communication

Satellite communication technology ensures that data can be sent and received anywhere and at any time – even on ships, in aircraft and in remote areas with poor or non-existent internet connectivity.

Therefore, we develop communication solutions that connect people and systems all over the world via satellite. Besides overall system and architecture definition, we focus on related transmission technologies and individual components such as antennas, transmitters and receivers. We also develop ground station technologies and test equipment and offer dedicated measuring and test facilities for validating prototypes.


High throughput
satellite systems

Optimum efficiency in satellite communication


Internet of Things (IoT) via satellite

Global connectivity


5G and 6G satellite integration

Direct 5G and 6G satellite connectivity


On-board processing

For satellite-based, digital signal processing applications


Fraunhofer On-Board Processor

The Satellite Communication Laboratory in Space


FORTE SatCom on the Move (SOTM)

Far field SOTM testbed

Satellite communication antennas

We develop custom-fit antenna solutions for satellite communication and navigation. Tailored for specific applications our developed antennas can resist extreme conditions where necessary and provide optimum transmission and reception quality for IoT applications via satellite and GNSS-based navigation and positioning.


Smart antenna systems

Meeting high requirements


GNSS antennas

For highly precise and robust applications


Phased array antenna

For direct communication with LEO or GEO satellites

Transmitter and receiver components for software defined radio systems

In communication applications, transmission quality is strongly dependent on how well the individual components perform. The weakest link in the signal chain determines the quality of the transmission. To increase the reliability of wireless communication and achieve higher data rates, Fraunhofer IIS is continuously enhancing transmitter and receiver components for software defined radio systems.


Platforms for digital signal processing

Accelerated product design for your communication systems