The European Space Agency (ESA) have recently become backers of the LimeSDR Mini project. The LimeSDR Mini is a US$139 TX/RX capable SDR that was successfully crowd funded and has recently begun shipping to initial backers. We have a basic unboxing review of it available here. The ESA update reads:
We are thrilled to announce that the European Space Agency (ESA) have become an official backer of the LimeSDR Mini campaign, in support of developing innovative satellite telecommunications solutions based on Software Defined Radio (SDR), both on ground and in space.
ESA will receive 200 custom LimeSDR Mini packages and we will be working closely with them and Canonical to create an SDR App Store for Satcom. Anticipated applications include satellite connectivity for IoT - for example, Internet-of-Things services via low-cost satellites, such as Cubesats; and also the use of SDR on-board larger satellites.
The move forms part of ESA’s ARTES programme and comes as part of the Space Agency’s drive to speed up satellite communication developments, ensuring that European and Canadian industry remains competitive.
More news on this incredibly exciting partnership to come and stayed tuned for further updates!
Andrew and the LimeSDR Mini Team
In addition to this announcement, the news article on Microwave Journal indicates that 200 LimeSDR Mini units are being created for satcom developers (presumably for free). We hope to see some interesting applications in the near future!