Axelspace selects SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT Ground Network Service for GRUS
From left: Mr. Shinji Takada (JSAT), Mr. Yuya Nakamura (Axelspace) and Mr. Rolf Skatteboe (KSAT)
When Axelspace launches GRUS-1, the first microsatellite of a future constellation, KSAT in partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT will provide Ground Station support from the KSATLite Network, a ground network optimized for small satellites and big constellations.
GRUS-1, a next-generation microsatellite is the building block of Axelspace´s Earth Observation LEO constellation. The first GRUS-1 satellite will be launched 27th December followed by many more in the coming years, making high-frequency monitoring a reality for the entire Earth. Even with its mass of less than 100kg, it will be able to obtain images with 2.5m ground resolution, and when the full constellation is in place, Axelspace will be able to update the imagery of the Earth every day.
“I am very pleased to see this agreement with Axelspace in place. The agreement on Ground Network support from Svalbard and Japan is a direct result of our fruitful partnership with JSAT that we have built over time” says Rolf Skatteboe, President and CEO of KSAT. “We are closely following the development in the Japanese Smallsat – Newspace market and find it very interesting. We are also very pleased to see that yet again KSATLite is chosen as the preferred ground network solution for a smallsat customer launching the first of a constellation of small Earth Observation satellites, taking advantage of the unique scalability of this global network”.
With a high degree of standardization, KSATLite supports all the major standards in satellite and launch vehicle space to ground communications, making the service easily scalable and cost effective. The KSATLite global network as-a-service is fully operational and live today, and by leveraging this award, SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will expand their business in the NewSpace community and their presence in the LEO domain.
KSAT and JSAT will in partnership provide ground station services for GRUS satellite by using SKY Perfect JSAT’s owned and operated ground station at the Ibaraki Network Control Center and support of every orbit (14 of 14) from the unique KSAT ground station at Svalbard.