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The increasing demand for frequency locations with high bandwidth to satisfy the growing satellite communications applications made it necessary to explore higher and higher frequency ranges.

Frequencies around 60 GHz cannot be utilized effectively due to atmospheric absorption, hence, the W-band (75-110 GHz) can be considered as the new frontier of satellite communications. The large bandwidth availability in W-band allows conceiving and proposing many advanced and innovative services that need high-volume data transfers without tight interactivity constraints for future scenarios; W-band will be exploited in order to meet the high-quality data transmission requirements for a large number of end users and data-oriented services. Therefore, the understanding, experimenting and exploiting of the novel W-band frequency range for advanced satellite applications in the interactive multimedia world is one of the ways to achieve such goals.

WAVE is a project, funded by the ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana - Italian Space Agency), with the aim of designing and developing W-band payloads to be deployed for scientific experimental studies of the W-band channel propagation phenomena and channel quality testing for possible utilization in satellite data communications.

The local responsible person is prof. Fabrizio Frescura.

Official project website: http://wavemission.uniroma2.it/wave/ 


  • Università di Roma Tor Vergata (TOR)
  • Consorzio ARES (ARS)
  • Consorzio Ulisse (COU)
  • Politecnico di Milano (POL)
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniv. Tlc. (CNT)
  • CNR-IEIIT – Milano (IET)
  • Univ. degli Studi Mediterranea di RC (UCL)
  • Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (ULS)
  • Oerlikon Contraves - Roma (OCI)
  • Galileo Avionica Milano (GAM)
  • IMT (IMT)
  • Stratosphere-M (STM)
  • Space Engineering – Roma (SPE)
  • Thales Alenia Spazio – Roma (TAS)
  • Telespazio – Roma (TPZ)
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