Welcome to the Chair of Signal Processing
and the Munich Center for Space Communications


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knopp, MBA
Bundeswehr University Munich
Chair of Signal Processing (EIT3.2)
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
D-85579 Neubiberg





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Protecting our Military Satellite Communications

March 2019 – The Chair of Signal Processing supports the Bundeswehr to protect their satellite communication systems. During an over-the-air test using one of the German military communication satellites, Jun.-Prof. Christian Hofmann gave insight into the topic of satellite jamming. The audience was able to see different satellite modem platforms in action with different techniques to increase the robustness against jammers. We were able to show that our test center (SatCERTBw) is able to handle complex over-the-air hardware tests and has outstanding measurement equipment for in-depth hard- and software performance analysis. With this demonstration a major three-years study on protected satellite communication, led by Christian Hofmann, came into its final phase. The study had been awarded to us by the BAAINBw with the aim to prepare the military SATCOM systems for electromagnetic protection in an increasingly complex threat scenario.

Panel on Satellite for 5G at IEEE GlobalSIP

December 1, 2018: The role of Satellite as the most powerful non-terrestrial RAN access technology for the future 5G communications ecosystem has been discussed at IEEE GlobalSIP conference in Anaheim, CA, USA. GlobalSIP is a major annual conference of the IEEE‘s signal processing society. Together with key actors of the 3GPP standardization body, satellite equipment vendors and leading researchers, Prof. Andreas Knopp discussed uses cases for satellites and their respective research challenges. The panel was accompanied by a technical lecture session, where research fellow Florian Völk presented the latest results of a mobile edge computing demo carried out by Germany’s leading research facility on satellite related 5G technology research facility, the Munich SpaceCom Labs.
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Space-enabled Internet of Things at Berlin 5G Week

November 19, 2018: ESA’s first live over-the-air demonstration of 5G enabled by satellite began on November 15th , as an ingenious set-up of European space and ground nodes showed a crowd in Berlin how it can help connect devices in the much-lauded ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).
The purpose of the exercise was to prove that space can deploy 5G services anywhere on Earth, no matter how isolated, congested or on-the-move the application.
The demonstration was performed at the 9th FOKUS FUSECO Forum at Fraunhofer FOKUS using SATis5, an experimental testbed developed under partnership between ESA and a European consortium primed by Eurescom, with Fraunhofer-FOKUS, Fraunhofer-IIS, SES, Newtec GmbH, VT iDirect, Berlin Technische Universität, and Bundeswehr University Munich.
The Satellite-on-the-Move van from the Munich Spacecom Labs (Bundeswehr University Munich) acted as a portable satcom node, using current cellular 3GPP commercial links as a proof of concept of how satellite connectivity can be integrated with the 5G architecture.
Over the course of the next year, the testbed will simulate different scenarios in which satellites can deliver 5G, such as broadband connectivity in remote areas, massive machine-to-machine/IoT, communications on the move and offsetting high traffic.
The SATis5 demonstration will continue running experiments until the end of 2019, after which the testbed will remain operational and it could be made available to other ESA-funded demonstrations of satellite-enabled 5G services.
More Information: https://artes.esa.int/projects/satis5
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