Leaf Space

Ground Segment-as-a-Service, made simple.

Leaf Space operates a fully owned, globally distributed network of ground stations, empowering SmallSat operators to seamlessly communicate with their satellites in the most flexible way. We enable TT&C and payload data transmissions via a simple user interface, a proprietary autonomous scheduling software, and network global coverage. Founded in 2014, Leaf Space currently supports ~ 60 satellites in LEO – we’d love your spacecraft to be the next! Check our website here.

Meet the team at CDW2022

About Leaf Space

Leaf Space continues to develop, a solid and reliable distributed ground station infrastructure to provide effective ground segment-as-a-service solutions and enable full exploitation of space data. The company has a vision of being the leading provider of such services in order to drive expansion and sustainability of the space ecosystem and downstream applications.

Leaf Space’s proprietary concept is focused on providing satellite connectivity as-a-service, to support clients with their satellite operations by managing and procuring the entire ground segment system through a complete set of services. These include time-shared access to ground, customized communication solutions, ground station procurement, consultancy, and backup services.

Leaf Space aims to provide the most easy-to-use, flexible, cost-effective, and operationally solid ground segment solutions to reliably support satellites in LEO and MEO along all lifecycle phases. Focus is put on highly scalable interfaces and operations, while continuously iterating according to NewSpace market needs in terms of new verticals (Launch Vehicles, HAPS) in addition to satellite and constellation operators.

The company’s infrastructure is globally distributed and utilizes both 3.7-meter and 3-meter parabolic dishes for both S-band and X-band operations, as well as Yagi antennas for UHF and VHF, implementing commercial high datarate receivers in combination with Leaf Space baseband processing software.

The NewSpace industry’s fast-paced development is constantly requiring higher levels of protection and risk mitigation for cybersecurity threats. Leaf Space is in an active partnership with Swiss company CYSEC providing space cybersecurity services applied to the Leaf Line and Leaf Key ground segment services.

The following webinars provide more insights into Leaf Space’s approach and the associated benefits for global customers:

Leaf Space's Services Portfolio

Alén Space

Alén Space

The Reliable Tech Partner to Speed up your Space Mission

We have the technology and the experience to help your company take your business into space. We support you during the whole process: design, manufacture and operation of small satellites for the applications you need.

Meet us at CubeSat Developers Workshop 2022

Visit the Alén Space team in our exhibit booth. They represent our highly qualified team of engineers with more than 12 years experience in developing CubeSats.

Diego Nodar - Alén Space

Diego Nodar

Co-founder and COO

Antón Vázquez - Alén Space

Antón Vázquez

Co-founder and Business Development

Alén Space’s opening times of exhibit booth:
From April 26 to April 27, 2022: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM PT 
April 28, 2022: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PT

About Alén Space

Be There - Alén Space
Alén Space’s main objective is to help clients to put its business ideas into orbit as quickly as possible. The integral solutions are already 100% operational without waiting times, adapted to different needs. Alén Space has extensive experience in the field of telecommunications and Internet of Things (IoT), as well as asset tracking with ADS-B, AIS or VDES.
Alén Space offers services and solutions ranging from the design and manufacture to the operation of small satellites. All these activities are prepared by a highly trained team of more than 20 engineers and technicians. Its experience in nanosatellite development has allowed them to work with some of the world’s leading space agencies.
At this moment, Alén Space has the know-how to help any company or organization to consider launching their own constellation for a special goal. This technology also has the flexibility to provide tailor-made proposals to position its clients in space.

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Our Products for Small Satellites

SUBSYSTEMS

TOTEM:
High Performance SDR

TOTEM-FH_sinfondo
TOTEM is a flight proven high performance SDR platform designed specifically for small satellites. Its in-orbit reconfigurability makes it very convenient for any communication nanosatellite.

Software highlights

  • Embedded Linux.
  • Safe in-orbit updates.
  • TOTEM TMTC based on PUS (ESA).
  • Radio applications / waveforms development. SoapySDR driver provided and GNURadio support.
  • Wideband transceiver: 70 MHz – 6 GHz

Customize TOTEM with external frontends

Add an external RF frontend as piggyback board making it fully operational in the desired frequency band.

TOTEM Applications

TOTEM IoT

TOTEM IoT is our application for small satellite missions related to IoT services and M2M communications.

TOTEM ADS-B

TOTEM ADS-B is Alén Space’s payload for aircraft tracking and air control. 

TOTEM AIS

TOTEM AIS is an ideal solution for ship monitoring and maritime traffic control. 

TOTEM sigint

TOTEM SIGINT provides Spectrum Monitoring and Signal Intelligence services.

TRISKEL:
OBC + TTC + OBSW in One Module

TRISKEL, OBC + TTC + OBSW in one single module
An integral three-in-one solution to save space while maintaining the redundancy and reliability expected from space hardware.
Plug&Play compatibility out of the box ensured with many subsystems of different suppliers. Ideal for rapid prototyping of payload integration into satellite platforms.
Engineered with ECSS and ESA Packet Utilization Standards (PUS) and the quality of a team with 100% mission success rate.

What does TRISKEL include?

  • On-board Computer (OBC).
  • Telemetry, Tracking, and Command (TTC).
  • SDK. Everything you need to develop your own OBSW.
  • Optional: On-board Software (OBSW). Based on the ESA Packet Utilization Standard (PUS).
Alén Space constellation

PLATFORMS/GROUND STATION​

Platforms
1U, 2U, 3U, 6U

The platforms developed by Alén Space reflect the extensive experience of our team in the manufacture of small satellites under the CubeSat standard.
Alén Space offers 1U, 2U, 3U, 6U platforms already prepared to integrate in record time with the payload you have selected.
All buses include structure, solar panels, on-board computer, antennas, batteries and communication systems, power and attitude control (ADCS).
The small satellite platforms have been developed with high quality processes and under the same technical standards.
Small Satellite Platforms

GS-Kit: Integral Solution for UHF, VHF and S-Band

GS-Kit from Deimos Engineering and Systems
The Ground Station Kit (GS-Kit) is Alén Space’s all-in-one solution that will allow you to set up a ground station and track Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that operate in commercial and amateur bands. It can support simultaneously three different bands: VHF, UHF and S-band.
Its easy assembly makes site survey, training and installation assistance by our technicians only needed upon request.

What does GS-Kit include?

  • All the necessary elements to install a ground station: structure, antennas, cables, azimuth and elevation rotors.
  • Strong structure with easy assembly.
  • SDR-Rack: rackable dual Software Defined Radio compatible with GNU Radio.
  • Ground station control software.
  • Installation and operation manual.
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Leaf Space

Leaf Space

Leaf Space Logo

Virtual Exhibit Booth: https://calpoly.zoom.us/j/89020493339?

April 27–29, 2021 @ 8AM-9:30AM PT | @ 2PM-4PM PT

 

Since 2014 Leaf Space has consolidated its presence in the New Space market, becoming a primary ground segment as-a-service provider with a unique vision, offering multi-mission and tailored ground segment services.

Giovanni Pandolfi Bortoletto

CSO

Taylor Dorigatti

Business Developer

Jai Dialani

Business Developer Americas

Paolo Musetti

CCO

About Leaf Space

Leaf Space GS 1

Leaf Space operates, and continues to develop, a solid and reliable distributed ground station infrastructure to provide effective ground segment-as-a-service solutions and enable full exploitation of space data. The company has a vision of being the leading provider of such services in order to drive expansion and sustainability of the space ecosystem and downstream applications.

Leaf Space’s proprietary concept is focused on providing satellite connectivity as-a-service, to support clients with their satellite operations by managing and procuring the entire ground segment system through a complete set of services. These include time-shared access to ground, customized communication solutions, ground station procurement, consultancy, and backup services.

Leaf Space aims to provide the most easy-to-use, flexible, cost-effective, and operationally solid ground segment solutions to reliably support satellites in LEO and MEO along all lifecycle phases. Focus is put on highly scalable interfaces and operations, while continuously iterating according to NewSpace market needs in terms of new verticals (Launch Vehicles, HAPS) in addition to satellite and constellation operators.

The company’s infrastructure is globally distributed and utilizes both 3.7-meter and 3-meter parabolic dishes used for both S-band and X-band operations, while Yagis are used for UHF and VHF respectively, implementing commercial high datarate receivers in combination with Leaf Space baseband processing software.

The NewSpace industry’s fast-paced development is constantly requiring higher levels of protection and risk mitigation for cybersecurity threats. Leaf Space is in an active partnership with Swiss company CYSEC providing space cybersecurity services applied to the Leaf Line and Leaf Key ground segment services.

The following webinars provide more insights into Leaf Space’s approach and the associated benefits for global customers:

Leaf Space Services

Leaf Line

Proprietary and fully managed, multi-mission ground station network.

The Ground Station (GS) time is shared between different customers and missions using a high efficiency scheduling algorithm, optimizing the GSs use while satisfying the customer’s constraints.

From the operations point of view, Leaf Space will carry out all the activities and management of the ground segment, therefore the customer will have the important advantage of focusing more on his own core business.

To interact with the Leaf Line network, our customer can use a dedicated API and a real-time data transfer interface through which a proprietary control center or ground segment manager software can be easily integrated.

Leaf Space has decided to adopt a unique distributed mid/low-latitude network architecture instead of a near-polar one due to a series of advantages:

  • No single-point of failure: single GS temporary unavailability would not induce catastrophic downgrade of the service
  • High capacity for a wide range of orbits: the network is optimized to provide high contact time and low latency not only to SSO orbits but also to low-inclination and equatorial ones in a full range of eccentricities and orbital planes configurations.
  • High tolerance to real-world satellite deployment: close deployments from the launch vehicle, typical of recent ride-share missions, have a congestion effect on the ground segment when several satellites overlaps over a single location. The distributed configuration allows a better balance of peak request among all the GSs.
  • Lower RF interference: RF interference due to frequent satellite conjunction (typical of near-polar sites for SSOs) is avoided, in addition Leaf Space carries out a continuous work of assessment and mitigation over interference issues both on operational location and during new location selection.
  • High load balancing capability: peak capacity requests are easily handled with automated balancing among different locations. In addition, a single GS failure has a very limited impact on the overall network capacity and performance.
  • Demanding location avoidance: locations characterized by extreme weather conditions and difficult reachability are avoided, to increase the overall up-time of the system and assure a fast and cost-effective GS deployment and maintenance.

The Leaf Line Ground Segment Service is therefore the perfect solution for missions requiring high contact time and low latency typical of a distributed ground station network.

Leaf Key

Dedicated tailored-built ground station network for medium to large size constellation satellite operators.

The deployment of the network backbone is carefully designed following the development plan of the customer’s constellation, guaranteeing the right performance at the right time.

Basing technology and infrastructure on the Leaf Line service assures high reliability, lower deployment time, lower production and maintenance cost that is directly reflected on a better service paired with the cost-effectiveness typical of the Leaf Line service.

Leaf Space takes care of the operations and maintenance of the Leaf Key network, guaranteeing service level agreements allowing the customer to focus on his core business.

Leaf Key is the best solution when compliancy with stringent requirements for capacity, latency, data transfer paths and cost-effectiveness are requested.

LVT (Launch Vehicle Tracking)

Launch Vehicle Tracking as-a-service

Fully-managed, Launch Vehicle real-time autotrack and TM reception deployed on need with additional support from world-wide distributed Leaf Line network.

Capability to provide local deployment of mobile ground stations if launcher TT&C and launch termination systems are required.

Consultancy Services

Ground segment and licensing expertise and know-how

Leaf Space’s experience in the SmallSat ground segment environment has aided in building a significant internal know-how in the field.

Our team is capable of assisting customers for technical consulting, licensing, ground segment CONOPS, simulations, testing and several other areas.