Square Peg Communications teams up with the European Space Agency to pioneer testing for hybrid 5G networks between Earth and space


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: 5G in space is becoming a reality, and Square Peg Communications, a leader in satellite communications test equipment, is helping make it happen. Square Peg was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to implement an emulation environment that reliably tests a variety of scenarios across multiple satellite constellations as part of its Space for 5G and 6G Strategic Programme Line.

Square Peg teamed up with European technology firm WORK Microwave, with support from the Canadian Space Agency and ESA, to deliver an emulator that can accurately model dynamics, tightly control channel impairments, and cover frequency bands spanning nearly 30 GHz across a wide variety of satellite and terrestrial scenarios – providing a complete solution that addressed ESA’s requirements.

“We are proud to evolve with the industry as we support today’s space innovators. They need reliable and responsive technology solutions that empower advancements in satellite communications,” said Michael Gertsman, President of Square Peg. “Testing has always been an important factor in successful innovation. And now, in response to massive growth in the sector, we’re seeing it being implemented in broader and more integrated ways than ever before.”

Using its high-performance wideband radio link simulator, the RLS-2100, Square Peg provided an emulation environment that supports terrestrial and non-terrestrial links for 5G application testing, including 5G channel models, and an increased frequency range covering 5G FR1 — all in a single platform. Seamless integration with the flexible wideband converter technology developed by WORK Microwave allows the combined offering to interface directly to equipment in the 5G FR2 band as well as in the Ku- and Ka- satellite bands. The successful project will enable ESA to realistically test a range of 5G scenarios across multiple satellite constellations in a more flexible and affordable way, and with better performance levels than any other solution on the market.

”This is a major advancement of 5G in space and we are pleased to see Square Peg and WORK Microwave delivering first-class technology in the frame of ESA`s strategic programme line Space for 5G & 6G,” said Stefano Cioni, ESA’s Technical Officer on this project. “This team has met the technical requirements and we believe that the RLS-2100 will foster 5G NTN experimentations in realistic laboratory environments.”

“We were excited to work in partnership with Square Peg to develop a strong technology solution,” stated Matthias Stangl, VP RF Products at WORK Microwave, “One with a potentially massive market opportunity ahead.”

The RLS-2100 tester enables users to cost effectively:

  • Conduct hardware-in-the-loop testing of bi-directional 5G carriers for both satellite-satellite or satellite-terrestrial links
  • Perform realistic and accurate emulation of satellite and terrestrial link characteristics including atmospheric effects (e.g. rain fade), Doppler, delay, and path loss variations
  • Emulate impairments introduced by transmit and receive RF components such as nonlinear distortion, phase noise, amplitude ripple, and thermal noise
  • Model all types of satellite constellations, including traditional geostationary satellites as well as LEO, MEO and HEO satellites, or combinations of these
  • Verify link performance during satellite beam, satellite-satellite and satellite-terrestrial handovers

The recently enhanced RLS-2100 is available now. More information on its capabilities are available at www.squarepeg.ca/RLS-2100.

Requests for information or interviews can be directed to:
Colin Telfer, RLS Product Manager


About Square Peg Communications

Square Peg Communications specializes in satellite systems engineering and the development and manufacture of DSP-based ground, airborne and spaceborne satellite communications products for customers worldwide. Led by a senior team with many decades of industry experience, Square Peg has a proven track record of delivering state-of-the-art mobile satellite solutions including the industry-leading RLS-2100 radio link simulator, satellite terminal qualification equipment, satellite modems, and earth stations. Follow us on LinkedIn.

Learn more about Square Peg at www.squarepeg.ca.

About the European Space Agency (ESA)

The European Space Agency provides Europe’s gateway to space. ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia are Associate Members.

ESA has established formal cooperation with four Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int. For more information about ESA’s Space for 5G & 6G programme please go to www.connectivity.esa.int/space-5g-6g.

About WORK Microwave

Headquartered in Holzkirchen (near Munich), Germany, and comprised of four product lines – Satellite Communication, Navigation Simulators, Defence Electronics, and Sensors and Measurement – WORK Microwave leverages over 35 years of experience to anticipate market needs and apply an innovative and creative approach to the development of its technologies while maintaining the highest standards for quality, reliability, and performance.

WORK Microwave’s Satellite Communication division develops and manufactures high-performance, advanced satellite communications equipment for earth observation, NGEO constellations, direct-to-home broadcast, IP networks, teleport management, government communications, and many more applications.

Learn more about WORK Microwave at www.work-microwave.com.

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