KSAT passed 20 000 contacts in September on KSATLITE, their smallsat network

(8 October 2020 – KSAT) KSAT has delivered more than 20 000 passes on the KSATLITE network in September. This is all-time-high for LITE, doubling the number of supports per month since January this year, and the growth seems to be continuing.

KSATLITE is KSAT´s easy-to-use ground network solution offering optimized support for Smallsats and big constellations. The offered solution has gained popularity in the Smallsat marketplace and is currently experiencing high demand. At the beginning of the year the KSATLITE network accounted for 10 000 contacts out of the 50 000 monthly contacts on the KSAT global network. By the end of September that number was more than 20 000.

KSATLITE at Svalbard (courtesy: KSAT)

“The growth we see now confirms that the way we operate matches perfectly the specific needs of customers in this market segment, both on solutions and price point says Kristian Jenssen, Director of KSATLITE. “It makes me extremely proud to see that the automated systems we have developed are scaling up seamlessly, and that we are able to handle both LEOP and big constellation support with just a small team.”

The strong growth is caused by several factors but clearly indicates a vibrant and growing commercial space industry despite Covid -19. The total volume is growing due to the number of customers, the number of satellites launched, as well as the number of contacts required by both new and existing customers.

The sky is not the limit

KSATLITE is set up with a software-optimised scheduling system. Leveraging up-to-date Application Programming Interfaces (API´s) enables efficient support for even the big LEO broadband and IoT constellations and the team is experienced in handling Launch vehicle, LEOP, and in-orbit support ensuring mission success throughout spacecraft lifecycle.

Since August the LITE-team has provided LEOP support for close to thirty satellites on 6 launchers, 3 of them within the same week, thus demonstrating an unmatched ability to tackle high volumes across the network as well as simultaneous support capacity.

“We have good reason to believe that this growth will continue. The sky is not the limit as they say, continues Kristian. “Easy integration of new missions means new satellites can easily be added. It’s a scalable system that allows satellite operators to scale their ground communications support as the constellation grows- and technically our systems are ready for another doubling.”

About KSATLITE

KSATLITE is the ground solution for Smallsat constellations currently supporting over 20 000 contacts per month. Offering flexible and easy-to-use communication with your spacecraft, this global network is optimized for secure and reliable constellation management. The KSATLITE approach provides access to 10+ sites globally from a single point of interface and highly automated operations, with infrastructure to support local and cloud-based storage options for mission data. Leveraging up-to-date Application Programming Interfaces (API´s) and the experience from 50 years of satellite operations combines makes the KSATLITE network both scalable and robust.

KSAT, Kongsberg Satellite Services, is the world-leading provider of communication services between spacecraft and launch vehicles and Earth. Supporting a total of 50,000 satellite passes a month, its extensive global network of over 200 antennas at over 24 global locations, (including Pole to Pole coverage from Antarctica to the Arctic), ensures 24/7, responsive access to satellite telemetry, data, and communications.

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