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Summary

The Rocket Lab Frontier-S is an S-band software defined radio designed for both near earth and deep space missions. It consists of hardware critical command decoder (CCD) enables hardware-based functionality like fire-codes for spacecraft reset or precision time keeping.

Frontier-S has a two-way doppler and two-way ranging for navigation beyond low earth orbit (LEO). The product weighs 590 grams and has a SpaceWire host interface.

Key features

  • GEO/deep space radiation tolerance – high tolerance to total dose, no destructive latchup, and robust to single event upsets.
  • High Reliability variant available with enhanced radiation tolerance and upgraded parts program
  • Hardware critical command decoder (CCD) enables hardware-based functionality like fire-codes for spacecraft reset or precision time keeping
  • DSN, SN, NEN, AFSCN Unified S-band (USB), and commercial (SSC, KSAT) waveform compatible
  • CCSDS compliant turbo and convolutional encoding
  • Two-way Doppler and two-way ranging for navigation beyond low earth orbit
  • Non-regenerative (coherent turn-around) or regenerative PN ranging
  • Very low data rates and beacon tones enable long range communications and signaling

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Last updated: 2023-02-06

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