Experimentation and verification platform for satellite communication technologies
The Fraunhofer On-Board Processor (FOBP) is a powerful and flexibly programmable communication payload for satellite-based, digital signal processing. It is reconfigurable from the ground and can thus be adapted to new communication standards at any time. This makes it the ideal test environment for new satellite communication technologies.
The FOBP was launched into space in July 2023 as part of the German Heinrich Hertz satellite mission and will soon begin its service. The objective of the mission is to test novel communication techniques and associated equipment via satellite and to verify the processability on the satellite. Research and industry will also have the opportunity to conduct scientific and technical communication experiments. This is made possible primarily by the Fraunhofer On-Board Processor – the core of the Heinrich Hertz satellite's regenerative payload. By uploading configuration files, the satellite's complete digital signal processing can be reconfigured. This opens up the option of implementing new transmission techniques and testing them via the Heinrich Hertz satellite.