OKB Fifth Generation: miniaturize satellite on-board systems, space instrumentation and small satellites

08/09/2018 2870 views 4 likes
ESA / Applications / Telecommunications & Integrated Applications / Technology Transfer

The Russian start-up company OKB Fifth Generation (OKB) develops radiation tolerant IC for satellite systems, space instrumentation and Cubesat elements. Meet OKB Fifth Generation at ESA's Start-ups Zone powered by ESA space solutions at IAC 2018.

Team with Lavochkin Fregat-SB Upper Stage
Team with Lavochkin Fregat-SB Upper Stage

Jointly with Novosibirsk State University's Laboratory of Nanosatellites the OKB start-up has been involved in designing and developing both spacecraft systems and elements for ground support networks.

The company is current involved in the Russian Federal Programme “Nanosatellite platform design capable of optical communication and support of distributed ground station network”.

OKB is also performing a Proof of Concept project to use well developed ground low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) techniques and facilities in space segment applications.

Cubesat elements
Cubesat elements

They will have a lower bit-rate but better sensitivity and a smaller power budget which is more compatible with Cubesat constraints, but will also have the advantage of longer battery duration.

For small satellites, OKB has designed Cubesat platforms including the following onboard equipment: coarse attitude determination and control, power management, onboard computer and radio transceiver. The project is carried out together with Novosibirsk State University.

Fabless radiation tolerant IC design
Fabless radiation tolerant IC design

The company is committed to miniaturize satellite onboard systems to be integrated on small chips – the so-called ”system on chip” or just SoC solutions.

Not only to minimize volume, but also to enable CubeSat technology for deep space.

OKB is ready to demonstrate the potential for SoC in dc/dc converters, galvanic isolation and low power ADC.

Testing rig for SoC
Testing rig for SoC

In space instrumentation OKB has completed full cycles from R&D to manufacture and preparation for launching of various types of onboard satellite equipment.

The company has participated to the development of Roskosmos’s Luna-26 and Spektr-UV spacecrafts. 

Luna 26 (Luna-Resurs-Orbiter) is a lunar polar orbiter with launch planned for 2022. 

Spektr-UV, also known as World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet, is planned to be launch in 2021.

Today OKB Fifth Generation has about 30 university graduated staff members and offices both at the Academparkin Novosibirsk and at the Skolkovo Innovation Center in Moskva.

Also known as the Russian Silicon Valley, the Skolkovo Innovation Center is a key Russian development project.

The strategic goal of the centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies, and foster start-up companies.

OKB Fifth Generation and partners
OKB Fifth Generation and partners


Start-ups Zone powered by ESA space solutions at IAC 2018
ESA's Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office (TTPO) with its ESA space solutions network presents 24 start-ups from Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia, 14 fostered at one of the ESA Business Incubation Centres – the ESA BICs, at the 69th International Astronautical Conference (IAC 2018) in Bremen, 1-5 October 2018.

The Start-up Space powered by ESA Space Solutions provides a look into great examples of aerospace technology systems and services developed by start-ups with visionary goals.

At pitching sessions on 2/10 and 4/10, the start-ups will present their business ideas and the Head of ESA TTPO Frank M. Salzgeber will present the potential of re-using already existing space technologies and ESA's Intellectual Properties as well as Europe's Earth observation and navigation services by start-ups and how their solutions can improve our lives here on Earth.

World's largest ecosystem for space-related entrepreneurship
ESA’s Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Programme Office (TTPO) operates the ‘ESA space solutions’ network of Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) and Technology Transfer Brokers offering complete access to all aspects of space-related innovation, technology and intellectual properties and is a gateway to ESA and European space research and developments.

Today, there are 20 ESA BICs in 17 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK – forming the largest ecosystem in the world for space-related entrepreneurship.

Over 650 start-ups have been fostered and another 150 new start-ups are taken in yearly at ESA BICs to be supported under the two-years business development boosting programme.

Visit “Start-ups Zone powered by ESA space solutions”
Meet all the start-ups from 1 October until 5 October at the dedicated Start-ups Zone powered by ESA space solutions at IAC 2018 area at IAC 2018.

OKB Fifth Generation entrepreneurs will be at the Start-ups Zone at IAC 2018 from 1 October until 3 October noon, and be pitching their business 2 October.