Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), a Norway-based provider of spacecraft communications services, announced that it has created a new business unit fully dedicated to ground station services for the New Space sector, led by Kristian Jenssen.
The business unit, called KSATLite, will be run as an internal incubator and operational support center for upcoming small satellite constellations and newly emerging launch vehicles. The goal of KSATLite is to provide ground communication services at a leaner price point, by using a common infrastructure to support multiple missions.
Said Jenssen, “With KSATLite we have used a very flexible software-defined ground radio system that allows us to support all of the major standards in satellite and launch vehicle communications. We also utilize a software-optimized scheduling system to enable us to support many different missions, which in sharing the basic infrastructure costs among more users, allows each mission to receive support at a much more affordable pricing structure.”
According to Jenssen, KSATLite will also help customers handle regulatory issues, such as obtain ground station licenses at each of the locations.
“With strong relationships with each of our regulatory partners, we are able to help guide our customers through the processes, enabling efficient and clear paths toward licensing,” he added.
According to KSAT President and CEO, Rolf Skatteboe, the creation of the KSATLite business unit will enable the team to further build upon success and provide even more dedicated support to the New Space market segment.
“We have been very pleased with the positive reception of customers currently using the KSATLite network, and are eager to keep pace with the increasing demand for this type of innovative and flexible support,” said Skatteboe