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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Scientists at the Research Center Space have a decisive influence on the first Munich Aerospace Space Report.

May, 2020.
The first publication issued by the Munich based "Space Valley" marks the beginning of a unique series of publications that will inform about the current status and the enormous diversity of regional space research and, at the same time, makes the research available to a wider public. Moreover, it demonstrates the great potential of new applications and technologies. In addition to Prof. Förstner and Prof. Knopp, both chairperson of the FZ SPACE, Emeriti Prof. Hein and Prof. Häusler together with Dr. Thomas Andert have contributed. Further impressive articles were provide by members of the research institute CODE as well as UniBw M-Alumnus and ex-astronaut Thomas Reiter. Topic-wise the report covers a broad range from manned space flight and earth observation to new space, communications and navigation as well as cybersecurity.
Munich Aerospace is a Bavarian innovation network. It has been established to act as the interface between science, industry and politics. The non-profit organization has been initiated by the Technical University of Munich, the German Aerospace Center, the Bundeswehr University Munich and Bauhaus Luftfahrt. It stands for the strengthening of the Munich region as a significant location of internationally recognized space research – Germany’s Space Valley.
You can download the Space Report directly from the Munich Aerospace website: https://www.munich-aerospace.de/de/

Publication of the IEEE Beyond 5G Satellite Roadmap – 1st Edition

April, 2020.
The Chair of Signal Processing has participated together with other expert groups from academic and industry in the preparation of the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR) – 1st Edition. The establishment of this roadmap has been supported by the IEEE Future Networks „Enabling 5G and Beyond“ initiative with the objective to identify in a 10 year horizon the challenges to be addressed in the design of next-generation connectivity solutions.
In this context, our institute has brought its vision in the chapter dedicated to satellite communications especially with contributions related to the following topics:
  • Innovative MIMO approaches: The tremendous demand for higher throughputs in next-generation satellite systems requires the use of ground-breaking technologies. Multiple antennas schemes, allowing the transmission of independent data streams in the same time-frequency ressource block, will bring here an unprecented leap in performance. GEO, MEO and LEO systems will all benefit from this novel approach.
  • Massive machine type communications (mMTC)/Internet of Things (IoT) with GEO satellites: Providing a network access to small devices (e.g. sensors) in remote areas will encourage new applications for mMTC/IoT which is a strong pillar of future communication networks. Developing advanced solutions to guarantee the uncoordinated access of millions of devices to the satellite network represents here a key challenge. Energy efficiency is also of paramount importance to allow a reliable transfer of data from transmitters with limited power supply.
Wheras the first edition of the INGR has recently been published, preparatory works for a second edition, in which the Chair of Signal Processing will also be involved, have already started.

Satellites for the 5th generation of mobile communications

February 27, 2020.
As part of the successful completion of the ESA-sponsored SATis5 project, the "Space" research center is demonstrating a space application for the next generation of mobile communications 5G.
Space applications such as satellite communications are about to become an integral part of our communications infrastructure. Over the past two years, the ESA SATis5 project has impressively demonstrated with several testbed demonstrations, such as at the Mobile World Congress 2019 or the IEEE 5G World Forum, that satellite communication can also enable terrestrial mobile radio applications. The Munich Center for Space Communications, which is an integral part of the newly founded and broadly based "Space" research center at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich, has made a significant contribution with its experimental satellite ground station to the development of a Europe-wide testbed for the investigation of "5G applications via satellite".
A major advantage of satellite over earth-based solutions is that there is no need to install wiring up to the cell tower. Laying fiber optic and copper cables is expensive and only worthwhile in urban areas. This puts remote areas at a competitive disadvantage.
The advantages of satellites are now being recognized by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the standardization organization that is driving the specification of mobile communications (3G, 4G and 5G) worldwide. Professor Andreas Knopp, spokesman for the Space Research Center at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich, is convinced that the tests carried out in SATis5 have provided important impulses for standardization: "Projects such as SATis5 have made a decisive contribution in recent years to the fact that satellite communication technologies have now been included in 5G as part of a separate 3GPP work item. The European Space Agency ESA in particular, along with the national delegations, has provided important funding for this, which is now paying off".
The space industry is also receiving a boost from private providers who are driving forward the commercial use of space and enabling low-cost launches of satellites into lower earth orbits. The advantage of lower orbits is the significantly reduced latency compared to the geostationary orbit at 36,000 km. Within the ESA SATis5 project, 5G use cases for satellites in geostationary orbit as well as in lower orbits of about 8,000 km were investigated for the first time in a testbed.
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