M2M IoT Maker Space For Satellite Communications

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Based at DCU Alpha, the University’s Innovation Campus, the initiative will provide opportunities for rapid prototyping and validation of challenging innovative technologies proposed by ESA and DCU, which are targeted at industry, space tech entrepreneurs, academics and the wider Maker movement.


Various challenges will be addressed: these will go from prototyping and adapting existing terrestrial communications standards (such as NB-IoT) for satellite use, innovative search & rescue beacons, up to the design of the smallest satcom-enabled wearable.


Spin-in of terrestrial telecommunications t in technologies into the satellite communications field, leading to lower costs and faster development cycles.


Projects will be published by the Maker Space, providing opportunities for target stakeholders to address individual design and development challenges


Over an 18 month period, projects will be awarded and implemented by target stakeholders via a competitive process. ‘Maker Space’ activities will be 100% funded, with typical values of between €5,000 and €20,000 per activity.

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The project was launched officially on the 18th of May 2017.

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