The aerospace sector is very diversified, articulating itself in many domains with different specificities and trends. It sports a constantly evolving normative and political contest.
Throughout the last decade LINKS contributed with big European enterprises in studying new technology for the Galileo satellite navigation system, the European Commission’s main space project. The technical-scientific competences of the Foundation favoured the development of new products and the planning of new radionavigation signals. LINKS assumed a primary role in supporting enterprises involved in the “Galileo 2nd Generation” ESA program and still supports enterprises on the territory through funded research programs in order to improve their competitiveness in the global market. LINKS researchers cooperate with the EC Joint Research Centre in testing the new Galileo signal authentication service and are cutting-edge in the development of telecommunications and global constellations of small low-orbit satellites providing innovative services.
LINKS started collaborations with ASEAN countries supporting the adoption of European satellite technology and providing technological transfer and education.
The Foundation boasts great experience in the electromagnetism in aerospace sector through HW products and SW tools. The laboratories plan and prototype hardware with innovative low-profile high-performance reconfigurable antennas for SAT-COM application. The developed SW solutions include antenna design algorithms, virtual electromagnetic prototyping code, antenna diagnostics tools to be used with a measurement system.
The main users of these tools are the European Space Agency and businesses operating in this sector. One of these antenna diagnostics tools is licensed right now to an international business.
LINKS provides its competences in the development of hardware-software solutions and in the usage of advanced computing technology to aerospace businesses that intend to take advantage of high-performance computing systems for large-scale simulations (HPC). It’s in this context that the Foundation cooperates with many computing centres to a European level and with industry leaders.
And finally, LINKS provides its experience in various areas of HW/SW solutions in various areas in defence and security, where interactions with international experts at NATO, EDA and EDF tables enrich the acquired know-how. The Foundation helps develop SW solutions to simulate the effects on RF propagation of a plasma enveloping hypersonic vehicles and to study mitigation techniques. LINKS is also working on improving the national capacity for EM characterization of complex systems through hybrid SW/HW solutions in order to evaluate performances and communication capacity of a system in an EMI environment to understand personnel exposition to EM fields.