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AWS Ground Station Supports Wideband DigIF

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Ibadan, 28 April 2023. – Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Wideband Digital Intermediate Frequency (DigIF) for satellite operators using Software Defined Radios (SDRs) with AWS Ground Station. With Wideband DigIF, satellite operators can use a Software Defined Radio of their choice to perform demodulation and decoding of data in their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), resulting in more control and flexibility of downlink data.

Wideband DigIF allows satellite operators to downlink up to five channels, 400 MHz total, per polarity. As a result, this feature delivers Wideband DigIF data across AWS’s low-latency, high-bandwidth global network into a satellite operator’s Amazon VPC. To use Wideband DigIF, satellite operators utilize Amazon CloudFormation to set up the necessary resources to deliver data to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for real-time processing or store data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for asynchronous processing.

Today, Wideband DigIF is available in the following locations: North America (Hawaii), Africa (Cape Town), Europe (Ireland, Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Singapore), and the Middle East (Bahrain).

AWS Ground Station is a fully managed service that lets users control satellite communications, process data, and scale their operations without worrying about building or managing their ground station infrastructure. With the service, users can downlink valuable satellite data to their AWS Virtual Private Cloud within seconds of collection while commanding their satellites to execute the next mission.

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