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Radio Frequency Qualification Facilities

The Radio Frequency Qualification Facilities (RFQF) comprises the:

The RFQF's measurement controllers and systems are connected to a secure David Florida Laboratory (DFL) local area network. Comprehensive third third-party and in-house measurement software products are used for reliable data acquisition, instrument control and data evaluation.

Antenna test facilities

The antenna test facilities comprise the Antenna Test Facility 1 (ATF1), Antenna Test Facility 2 (AFT2), Cylindrical Near-Field Facility (CNF), and Spherical Near-Field Facility (SNF). These anechoic chambers are used to evaluate the far-field performed characteristics of client-supplied antennas.

Antenna test facility 1 (ATF1)

Note: this facility is currently reserved long term and therefore not available to clients until at least .

Antenna Test Facility 2 (ATF2)

Chambre anéchoïque de l'ATF2

ATF2 Anechoic Chamber Configuration for 400 MHz Gain Standard. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/David Florida Laboratory)

Cylindrical Near-Field Facility (CNF)

Spherical Near-Field Facility (SNF)

Chambre anéchoïque de la salle d'essai en champ proche sphérique
Chambre anéchoïque de la salle d'essai en champ proche sphérique

SNF Anechoic Chamber Configuration for Gain Standard Measurements. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/David Florida Laboratory)

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Facility

The EMC Facility's shielded anechoic chamber and anteroom are used to perform electromagnetic compatibility tests according to recognized standards on client-supplied devices such as satellites, satellite payloads, avionics equipment, and equipment for military application.

Chambre anéchoïque de l'ATF2

Typical Test Setup in the EMC Test Chamber (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/David Florida Laboratory)

Testing in an anechoic chamber

M3MSat – Testing in an anechoic chamber at the DFL in Ottawa. (Credit: Defence Research and Development Canada)

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