"It's Business Time" on the pad (Source: Rocket Lab)

In brief: Hiber outlines ground stations, Rocket Lab flying Kleos, RBC Signals enters satellite optical comms

Hiber Global’s ground station network

On the heels of Astrocast’s ground network announcement, Hiber Global outlined its ground station network necessary supporting its satellite IoT constellation.  The company will have two dedicated and owned ground stations, one on top of Hiber’s Research and Development Centre in Delft, the Netherlands, the other on Svalbard in Norway.  It is also going to be a customer of KSAT’s satellite network for extended ground station network coverage around the world.

Ground stations are a big deal for satellite IoT providers. Hiber may also use the Audacy in-orbit satellite network for moving information between its constellation and the ground. (September 18)

Rocket Lab to launch first satellites for Kleos Space

Rocket Lab will launch the Kleos Scouting Mission (KSM) for RF monitoring firm Kleos Space in 2019. Multiple satellites will be launched on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from New Zealand in mid-2019, but the total number of satellites onboard wasn’t disclosed in the press release.

Kleos Space will geolocate radio transmissions on the ground and pinpoint their origin and timing. Applications include tracking maritime traffic, detecting illegal activities, and assisting in search and rescue at sea.  (September 19)

RBC Signals developing optical communication systems for satellites

Seattle-based RBC Signals announced it has signed a MOU to work with the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) to develop an optical communication system for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and lunar/deep space programs.

RBC Signals currently has an RF ground station network, but optical communication support is becoming a necessity, with numerous small satellite constellations starting to roll lasers into the mix for higher data transmission speeds.  Analytical Space plans to use laser communications as a tool on its data relay satellites while ICEYE is integrating a laser communications package on its radar satellites.  (October 4)

Doug Mohney

Doug Mohney, a principal at Cidera Analytics, has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company. Follow him on Twitter at DougonTech or contact him at dmohney139 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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