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Triad's CubeSat Products Yields Over 16 Years of Low Earth Orbit Operating Time

July 25, 2022

Triad RF Systems' experience within the CubeSat market has led to their products traveling in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for over a combined 16 years of operating time.


This high accumulation of flight heritage illustrates the company’s proven ability and reliability to meet the stringent size demands and efficiency requirements of the NewSpace industry. Triad’s RF subsystems achieve this by overcoming obstacles one would find in CubeSat and SmallSat applications that include the extreme temperature cycles of LEO and the shock / vibration exposure associated with space launches and operations.


Triad offers an array of products that are customized for use within space and compatible with both off-the-shelf and customer-designed Software Defined Radios. For an example of their customization capabilities, read about a full duplex bi-directional amplifier made for a 5G supplier. Their RF amplifiers operate in a variety of bands, from UHF-Band to Ka-Band. One of the CubeSat RF amplifiers that has proven flight heritge is the TA1134, a circuit card power amplifier that operates in the S-Band. Triad also produces Up and Down-converters and creates full duplex Tx / Rx assemblies used in FDD radio systems. 


These products have been used by various NewSpace companies, including In-Space Missions Limited (BAE Systems) among other industry players. Triad RF subsystems were launched on three different SpaceX Rideshare missions within a year: the Falcon 9 Transporter-2 in 2021 and the Transporter-4 and Transporter-5 in 2022, respectively. Over the last five years, Triad built and delivered over 400 CubeSat amplifier and frequency converter products to support critical communications links on customer satellites. 


For more information about the CubeSat products Triad RF Systems custom-made for their customers, contact us.

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