Satellite connection to additional ground station networks requires high integration costs regarding time, personnel and licenses. The market is fragmented in terms of providers, locations and legal issues and due to that real time radio communication with satellites is still impossible. At the same time, some ground stations are staying underutilized and integration with satellites is complicated in general.
Features of the Aggregated Marketplace for Ground Station Services:
Gains for satellite operators:
Gains for ground stations:
The Marketplace customers are satellite operators, incl.
Their needs are related with
Aggregation of services. The Marketplace solution enables satellite operators with reliable infrastructure – many ground station service providers are made available on one single platform, incl:
Lower costs. Since there is only one integration with Spaceit’s solution required to get access to different providers, the overall costs will decrease due to decreasing integration costs, later price competition and freedom to choose and shop across different options.
Lower latency. One integration to gain access to different ground stations, using services across providers, could enable near 24/7 coverage with satellites.
Simple usage. Spaceit’s solution provides a user friendly modern UI/UX and managed cloud-based service.
Innovative solutions to advance the industry. The new solution makes the utilization of established ground infrastructure, lower prices, and increased usage for end-users possible.
The role of the product in the context of the overall system of its target users is to provide a satellite operation platform using ground station services from available providers according to constraints set by the user.
MCS frontend is a single page web application. Additional views, controls and dashboard widgets on the frontend to enable end user interaction with the ground station marketplace functionality.
Currently there is a shortage of single one-point-of-entry ground communication solutions which are integrated with different ground station networks. The closest ones are virtual networks, which combine different stand-alone ground stations not networks and they do not have mission control nor satellite operations simulations capabilities as Marketplace has.
Spaceit’s solution brings together satellite operators and ground station networks in a one unified platform. It aggregates both virtual and physical networks and creates a unified ecosystem for ground station services. It allows booking and managing contacts and communicating with satellites in one environment.
Kick-off of the project was on 9th of December 2021. It will follow agile development of the Marketplace. In parallel, different business development activities will be carried out (negotiations, agreements with partners and customers). It is planned to finish with the Activity by the end of 2022.
The next progress meeting is planned on March 2022.