In the ARTES project, a CubeSat-like nano-satellite will be used to embark a beacon in the Q- and W-bands (37/75 GHz) to perform channel propagation measurements. The general goal of the project is the characterization of the major satellite channel impairments for future data transmission experiments.
The CubeSat will be deployed and send the signal in low or »near-Earth« orbit (LEO orbit). Although it differs from future operational satellites, which will use the W-band in a geostationary orbit (GEO orbit), the proximity to earth provides significant time and cost advantages in the measurement. Supporting software tools will be used to bridge the gap between the relatively short LEO measurements and the statistical reliability needed for GEO propagation measurements, in particular, an atmospheric channel simulator.