Singapore-based company Addvalue Technologies and Norway-based Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) have agreed to collaborate closely on enhancing communications services in support of small Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites.
The collaboration will see Addvalue’s IDRS, an on-demand satellite relay-based communications service, working with KSAT’s RF-based services for communicating with LEO satellites. Currently, IDRS operates across the Inmarsat BGAN system to enable connection to the LEO spacecraft via the Inmarsat-4 GEO constellation. KSAT, under this arrangement, will provide the IDRS service as an integrated element to enhance their current service offering.
Rolf Skatteboe, President of KSAT remarked, “KSAT wants to assure that all communication methods from Space to Ground are provided through KSAT to make space communication simple and affordable. IDRS is already flying and is a perfect match for KSAT.”
Dr Colin Chan Kum Lok, Chairman and CEO of Addvalue added, “We are pleased to partner with KSAT who is a world leader in providing ground station services to LEO satellite operators, to offer our IDRS service as another value added service that will significantly enhance the operational efficiency of LEO satellites.”
Peter Dingley, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Innovation for Global Government Business commented, “We have been working with Addvalue for over 4 years to bring this game changing capability to market in a reliable and affordable way. Addvalue’s experience and investment in IDRS, including the space heritage they have established, brings these services to the new markets.”