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Payload test offers standard, customizable programs

Posted: 27 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SMART^E 5200

Aeroflex has released its Synthetic Multifunction Adaptable Reconfigurable Test Environment (SMART^E) 5200 series, a synthetic satellite payload test environment that includes hardware, software, test practices and support required by customers for a complete test solution.

The SMART^E 5200 satellite test environment is the newest member of the SMART^E 5000 series, which is a complete, hybrid synthetic test environment from Aeroflex. The SMART^E 5200 provides standard and customizable test programs tailored to the specific problems of testing high performance payloads, which consist of multiple channels, each with up to hundreds of connections between the test system and payload under test.

"Continuing to deliver on the flexibility, modularity and open architecture that have characterized SMART^E 5000�s initial release at Autotestcon 2007, the SMART^E 5200 replaces the well-established STI1000C satellite payload test system currently installed and in operation at customer sites worldwide," said Francesco Lupinetti, VP and general manager, Aeroflex high speed test solutions. "The SMART^E 5200 is unique to the market because it provides the highest performance, most advanced and complete payload, panel, thermal vacuum (TVAC) and antenna-range testing for conventional bent-pipe and advanced communications satellites."

SMART^E 5200 is a highly integrated and reliable COTS-based solution with an extremely intuitive user interface. SMART^E 5200�s entire measurement library and underlying measurement and calibration technology have been fully tested and validated with the STI1000C at major customer sites worldwide.

The core modules utilized in the SMART^E 5200 have been shipping in other SMART^E applications for approximately two years. Like the software and user interface, the core modules are production-grade and operationally proven in the field. When combined with proven accessories such as the remote calibration unit, which allows TVAC testing of payloads with as many as 384 ports at an extended frequency of 40GHz, the SMART^E 5200 offers a cost-effective and advanced solution.

When designing the SMART^E 5200, Aeroflex�s objective was to create a test environment solution with core capabilities that addresses the common aspects of satellite payload test and still remain flexible enough so that it can be easily customized to match the unique requirements of any given payload and associated customer. Each of the satellite payload test systems from Aeroflex share common core elements, but are customized with unique test aspects for each customer implementation.

The Aeroflex SMART^E 5200 series satellite payload test environment is currently available for delivery 20 to 24 weeks upon receipt of order. Because of SMART^E�s high degree of scalability, prices vary considerably.

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