NASA's alphasat propagation terminals: Milan, Italy, and Edinburgh, Scotland

Michael Zemba, James Nessel, Carlo G. Riva, Lorenzo Luini, George Goussetis

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Since May of 2014, NASA's Glenn Research Center has operated measurement campaigns for the Alphasat Aldo Paraboni Propagation Experiment alongside the European community of propagation experimenters. Presently, three NASA stations have been deployed to distinct climatological regions across Europe. NASA's participation in the campaign began in 2014 through a collaborative effort with the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) to jointly operate a 20/40 GHz ground terminal at the POLIMI campus in Milan, Italy. Subsequently, a single‐channel 40 GHz terminal was deployed to Edinburgh, Scotland in March 2016 in collaboration with Heriot‐Watt University (HWU). A third terminal was deployed to NASA's Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex (MDSCC) in March 2017 with NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also observing the 40 GHz beacon. In addition, a fourth station is planned for deployment to Andøya, Norway by early 2019 in collaboration with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). This paper will detail the design and results of the two most established terminals, Milan and Edinburgh, which together comprise 11 station years of propagation measurements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-512
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking
Issue number5
Early online date31 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


  • Alphasat experiment
  • atmospheric effects
  • measurements
  • microwave propagation
  • propagation losses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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