Astrocast and KSAT sign a new partnership

By Erica Hooper Lee | 4 August 2020

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This week we are happy to announce that Astrocast and Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) have signed a new partnership agreement to utilize the integral flexibility of the KSATLITE ground network as a relay for the Astrocast IoT Nanosatellite Network. Our two companies have been working together for more than two years on the Astrocast Network’s precursor and In-Orbit-Demonstration missions. With this partnership we will make use of KSAT’s ground network which is optimized for large constellations of small satellites.  This is a key partnership for Astrocast as we move forward with our commercial launch in 2021.

The current KSAT and Astrocast collaboration at the Svalbard ground station has demonstrated the importance of this polar location, giving Astrocast the ability to continuously access their nanosatellites. This initial collaboration has paved the way for the future commercial operation of Astrocast via KSAT ground stations, ensuring the interface compatibility between the KSAT ground stations and Astrocast nanosatellites and the service control center. 

“Thanks to the in-orbit demonstration mission with KSAT, our team is now ready to start commercial operations with the launch and operation of our next five commercial satellites later this year,” said Federico Belloni, CTO of Astrocast. “These new satellites are a game changing technology in the direct-to-satellite IoT industry.”