RBC Signals (RBC), a Seattle-based startup providing flexible global communications services for satellite operators, recently announced a worldwide agreement with ANTRIX, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to provide space communications services to satellite operators. The relationship enables RBC Signals to support an extended range of satellite communication bands, while significantly expanding RBC’s global ground station network, according to the company’s press release.
The ANTRIX agreement expands RBC Signals’ capabilities to include support for C-band, Ku-band, and Ka-band communications, with these two bands joining existing capabilities in VHF, UHF, S, C, and X bands.
Before this agreement, RBC Signals supported only Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operators, Geostationary (GEO) Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP), and orbital slot transfer missions with global communication services.
Now, the agreement with ANTRIX will be able to provide support for missions beyond earth orbit, including lunar and deep space missions.
As part of the partnership, ANTRIX antennas will join the RBC global ground station network, which includes RBC’s own antennas and those of partners such as Canadian company C-Core and Spacepharma CA. The Indian stations include antennas in Hassan, Bangalore, Lucknow, and other parts of India. Last year, RBC raised $1.5million in its seed round, with contributions from VCs based in Singapore and China.
“India is a major participant in the global space industry and we are excited to be working with ANTRIX,” said Christopher Richins, co-founder & CEO of RBC Signals. “This relationship is significant for us as it broadens our offerings and infrastructure in meaningful ways.”
“At ANTRIX, we are excited about gaining greater utilization of our ground station investments through the innovative business model and services being provided by RBC Signals,” said Shri Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman and Managing Director of ANTRIX.