Australian ground segment operator Capricorn Space and Japanese on-demand ground segment provider Infostellar have signed an agreement that will enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Australian Ground Network – West (AGN-W) site near Mingenew in Western Australia.
AGN-W, which began operations in October 2019, currently comprises two 5m S/X-Band antenna systems and associated infrastructure, and provides southern hemisphere coverage from the Indian Ocean to across the Australian continent.
Capricorn Space CEO Mark Thompson said, “We are excited to welcome Infostellar to our family. We have been following their progress with much interest since we first contemplated the establishment of our site in Western Australia. Infostellar and their StellarStation platform will make it easier for their customers to secure on-demand access to their satellites as they pass within our coverage zone and we will jointly be able to deliver reliable, cost effective and timely services. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Infostellar jointly servicing the emerging demand for operators accessing their satellites from Ground Segment as a Service providers”.
Infostellar’s CEO, Naomi Kurahara, said, “We have noticed growing demand for S/X-Band communications, and the addition of Capricorn Space’s Western Australia site to our network means we can now offer better coverage to satellite operators looking for scalable, flexible, and affordably priced ground services. We see Australia as an increasingly attractive place to do space business, and hope that StellarStation’s protocol- and hardware-agnostic platform will contribute to the development of a vibrant space ecosystem with lower barriers to entry.”