Software-defined payloads require premium development solutions. Design like you fly with the Nightingale 1 phased array payload development kit.
Software-defined payloads offer mission flexibility by providing software libraries and APIs built within common application frameworks. The Nightingale 1 Development Kit provides an integrated design experience identical to the most common flight configurations, providing a complete bits-to-RF development solution.
The development kit mirrors the integrated flight module with the following components:
Enclosure: Housing and thermal management
Digital modules: Integrated SBC-1461 and UDC-1AT1 with power conditioning
Antenna: Active phased array antenna (APA) supports steerable shapeable RF beams and can be mounted in a range
Antenna hat: Captures RF from the antenna for lab-based development
Includes the active phased array and digital modules found in a typical Nightingale 1 flight configuration.
Access both digital and RF signals to each module through standard connector interfaces.
Under-mount fans provide a constant flow of air, cooling the modules and enabling 24/7 operation on the bench.
Access the modules through USB-to-serial interface, Ethernet, or JTAG, enabling high- and-low level development.
The active phased array antenna includes common mounting patterns for RF range install and operation.
Design and test flight software in the lab, including RF. The integrated antenna hat enables many tests outside the RF range.
The Nightingale 1 Development Kit integrates an active phased array into its own enclosure with a second enclosure containing power conditioning (DC/DC converter), SBC, SDR, and RF up- and down-conversion.
Single-Beam Ka-Band Active Phased Array Antenna
Single-Board Computer (Optional)
A full suite of documentation is available to support the integration of this system into your mission. Our team stands ready to support you. Contact us for technical specifications or to discuss your programming challenges.