On January 7, Japanese antenna-sharing startup Infostellar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK-based company that helps space companies with technology, business strategy, and commercialisation.
As a result of this collaboration, Infostellar plans to open a UK office at the Catapult’s base in Harwell, Oxfordshire, this year. The UK office will focus on business development and regulatory affairs for Infostellar’s international expansion plans in Europe.
The Catapult, under the MoU, will also integrate its ground station in Goonhilly with Infostellar’s StellarStation service, which will allow organisations to remotely access the Goonhilly station for uplink and downlink. In addition, The Catapult will also be able to share unused capacity with the StellarStation network to give greater access to their Goonhilly facility for UK companies. This will facilitate the Catapult’s In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) programme, which supports UK business to achieve the launch of satellite data services.
Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult said, “The Satellite Applications Catapult is thrilled to sign this new agreement with Infostellar. It will enhance our offering for large and small UK companies and make our Goonhilly ground station more available to participants in our In-Orbit Demonstration programme and the wider space community”.
Infostellar is a space communications infrastructure startup founded in Tokyo in 2016, which in 2017 closed its Series A financing round with US$7.3million, led by Airbus Ventures. StellarStation is its flagship product, connecting satellite operators with antenna owners who can share their antenna’s idle time and receive cash or credits in return.