MBI is partner of i-EM s.r.l. and Flyby s.r.l. to build up a Satellite Backup Communication System for normal and emergency scenarios to assure inter-TSO emergency voice communication (for Grid Control), inter-TSO emergency data communication (Critical tools for Grid Control) and an out-of-band communication for inter-TSO data network operation and management in the frame of SP4GO ESA study.
The idea is based on satellite Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) which are able to establish a connection with GEO satellites operating in Ku-band for high speed communications. The terminals and the Gateway Hubs shall be hosted in TSO-controlled premises, namely the TSO data centers, so that the satellite link can be utilized to implement the network operation and management procedures and establish the emergency voice and data channel in disaster and relief scenarios in a secure context. The satellite link is to be intended as a full duplex connection between the VSAT terminals, the GEO satellite and the ground satellite gateway.
Since one of the goals to be achieved is the establishment of emergency link in case of disaster, the main innovation the proposed satellite platform is able to bring is a voice channel which is totally independent by terrestrial platforms.