A brand new integration room

An integration room is a closed area where the integration of complete SCOE, EGSE or Communication racks take place. A rack is a special metal frame which holds a number of electronic equipments like Down & Up Convertors, High Speed demodulators, TT&C equipment, spectrum analyser, switches,... .

The racks are integrated and sent as complete solution to the customer where they are used to test the satellite of the customer or they are used inside a satellite ground station.

When it comes to its dimensions, the integration room results in a volume of about 100 m3.

A stratum-1 NTP server

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a networking protocol to allow time synchronization between an NTP client and an NTP server. Whereas the client can be any PC or IoT device, the server is a high-accurate time source, synchronized to either its own reference time source, or to another server. Common time references include GPS receivers, Atomic clocks or radio-wave receivers.

When performing measurements, precise timing can be of crucial importance. Therefore, Antwerp Space has their own Stratum-1 NTP server that also generates a Precision Time Protocol (PTP) signal; permanently synchronized on the atomic clocks of the GPS satellites. The NTP signal is made publicly accessible on time.antwerpspace.be.

Other infrastructure

Around 1 000 m2 of offices, labs and integration rooms.

More than 300 m2 lab-space for product development, test and integration.

Spacious, well equipped RF lab.

Workshop for:

  • Precision fabrication of semi-rigid coaxial cables

  • Microscopic inspection

  • Prototype assembly, cabling, patches & fixes

  • Series production and assembly