SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIOS

About SWIFT® Radios

The SWIFT family of flight heritage Software Defined Radios (SDR) are designed to provide high-performance communications for small satellite operations. SWIFT radios are built on a modular platform. The modularity of the SDR architecture provides diverse software control of any RF parameter. See the table below for available configuration options.

SWIFT-SDR's are compatible with Type-1 encryption modules such as the KI-55 and GNOME, and can support AES-256 encryption natively. SWIFT SDRs have successfully passed exhaustive compatibility testing with multiple ground stations. SWIFT-SDRs can provide compatibility with a wide spectrum of existing networks, interfaces, and protocols. See below for more information.

The SWIFT Radios also support IP-protocol mesh-network inter-satellite link communications via our software module SWIFT-LINQ.

Radio Collection

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SWIFT-SLX

L- and S-Band Communications Transceiver

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SWIFT-XTX

X-Band Communications Transmitter

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SWIFT-XTRX

X-Band Communications Transceiver

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SWIFT-XTS

L- and S-Band Communications Transceiver with X-Band Transmitter

SWIFT-KTX

K-Band Communications Transmitter

SWIFT-KTRX

K-Band Communications Transceiver

SWIFT-UTX

UHF-Band Communications Transmitter

SWIFT-UTRX

UHF-Band Communications Transceiver

Compatibility

Networks

Networks

• NEN/DSN: CCSDS TC/TM, Raw bit-sync
• USN: SLGS, CCSDS
• AFSCN: SGLS, USB
• RBC, Atlas, SFN
• Custom/commercial/private
• Crypto ​units such as the KI-55 and GNOME

Electrical Interfaces

Electrical Interfaces

• RS-232/422/485
• LVDS
• 3.3v CMOS/TTL
• CAN/SPI/I2C
• Ethernet 10/100
• MIL-STD-1553

Modulations

Modulations

• TX: BPSK, QPSK, OQPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK
• RX: BPSK, QPSK, OQPSK
• PM, CPM
• SGLS-Ternary

FEC

FEC

• Reed-Solomon w/ interleaving
• Convolutional w/ puncturing
• Soft-Viterbi
• BCH
• Turbo/LDPC
• CRC

Protocols

Protocols

• Sync. Clock+Data (200 Mbps)
• Dual SpaceWire (100 Mbps)
• Dual UART (10 Mbps)
• HDLC Framing
• UDP/TCP/IP
• GPIO for Rx IRQ/Tx Enable

Support

Support

• Idle/pilot insertion
• Randomization
• Bit-diff., Bi-Phase
• NRZ-L/M/S
• Coherent tone ranging
• PN Ranging

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