Japan-based firm Infostellar, whose new flagship product StellarStation connects antenna owners with satellite operators, is now inviting antenna owners to participate in a closed beta test.
Initially planned for October, the closed beta round has been delayed, and will now begin in Q1 of 2018. During this time, participants will be able to test the cloud-based platform before Infostellar conducts its public launch.
To begin with, StellarStation will support UHF band satellites, with S, X, and Ka bands to follow after its public launch.
COO Kaz Ishigame said, “The schedule has changed slightly but thanks to the hard work of our engineering team, we’re happy to announce that we’re now in the process of shipping the first batch of our ground station sharing devices”.
“We’re thankful for the overwhelmingly positive response to our closed beta so far, and proud to be working with our current antenna and satellite partners. We look forward to even more partners joining us in the future,” he added.
Participants will receive access to the StellarStation software, along with a hardware unit. With these, antenna owners can share their antenna’s idle time with satellite operators, in exchange for cash or credits. Interested antenna owners can request for an invitation via Infostellar’s website.
Founded in Tokyo in 2016, Infostellar has so far received funding worth approximately US$8.3 million so far, including a $500k grant from the Japanese government. In September this year, it received US$7.3 million in a Series A round led by Airbus Ventures, along with five other venture capital firms.