Analytical Space, Inc. has announced a key new partnership with Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications and Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd, a wireless and broadband communications technology innovator.
This new collaboration will enable ASI to leverage unique aspects of the Inmarsat and Addvalue network ecosystems, and will be an important enabler in ASI’s rollout of its Fast Pixel Network™.
The Fast Pixel Network is a data transport satellite network in low Earth orbit that ingests data from Earth observation satellites, routes that ingested data from node to node via high speed optical intersatellite links and downlinks that data in near real time to government and commercial consumers.
This partnership with Inmarsat and Addvalue will open additional communications pathways between the Fast Pixel Network’s Earth observation constellation customers based in low Earth orbit and Inmarsat’s communication satellite network in geostationary orbit – without the need for those constellation operators to change their existing hardware architectures.
Additionally, Analytical Space’s Fast Pixel Network satellites will benefit from the “always-on” telemetry, tracking, and control (TT&C) capabilities delivered by Addvalue’s proprietary Intersatellite Data Relay System (IDRS) technology. This capability will ensure that Analytical Space’s constellation is always poised to serve customers with TT&C data relay.
ASI’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Nevius, hailed ASI’s new partnership as a pivotal enabler for ASI’s data transport network. “The GEO-link IDRS service provided by Addvalue and Inmarsat is a perfect capability complement to the ASI Fast Pixel Network in LEO,” said Mr. Nevius. “By building in compatibility between our two networks we can collectively provide a real-time telemetry, tracking, and control link into Earth observation satellites through the IDRS solution and a high throughput, low-latency link back to the ground for imagery downlink through the ASI Fast Pixel Network. Having real-time access to our own network nodes also allows us to improve the performance of the Fast Pixel Network through more efficient coordination with client satellites and routing of data through the network.”
“Dr Colin Chan, Addvalue Chairman and CEO commented: “Real-time in-orbit connectivity is an exciting growth market for Addvalue and we are delighted that ASI has placed an initial order to use our IDRS solution in their new Fast Pixel Network. LEO satellite operators are focused on the timely delivery of their images. Working together – ASI, Addvalue and Inmarsat – will meet that need by providing an extremely low latency image delivery path from their LEO satellites. With IDRS as an integral part of their Fast Pixel network, ASI will have an always available and real-time link to manage its operations. We are pleased that Addvalue will play an integral part in ASI’s offering of extremely low latency of satellite imagery delivery. This partnership with ASI will also allow Addvalue to reach out to in-orbit satellites not equipped with IDRS hardware, thereby allowing the wider community of satellite operators to benefit from the IDRS solution and expanding our market outreach.”
Todd McDonell, President Inmarsat Global Government, said: “The burgeoning low Earth orbit satellite market has opened up opportunities for far more prolific access to satellite imagery for the government and commercial sectors. With this demand in mind, we have worked with Addvalue to develop IDRS, which is a solution that addresses the issues with low Earth orbit satellite service blackout zones and real-time management and control. We are thrilled that our geostationary L-band network, combined with Addvalue’s IDRS capabilities, can facilitate seamless and near real time communications links to ASI to enable improved performance over their Fast Pixel Network.”