KSAT quickly enlarges KSATlite small satellite network

KSAT is quickly installing antennas across the globe in order to maintain speed with the dramatic increase in small satellite initiatives.

In 2021 only, Norway-based KSAT is on the path to add 42 antennas to KSATlite, its network that encourages small satellite constellations. At the end of 2020, that network consists of 22 antennas.

In the duration of six months, from September 2020 to March 2021, the stream of traffic on the KSATlite network grows as swiftly as it did for KSAT’s total network between 2010 and 2018. Rolf Skatteboe is the KSAT CEO and president. He mentions, the major reason for this is that all the satellite operatives are enlarging their fleet. Which is shifting from that one satellite to a constellation of several,” he adds.

Stream of traffic on the KSATlite network multiplies from 10,000 satellite to 20,000 satellite passes per month. This is in the duration of six months in 2020. By June, the network is possible to manage 30,000 passes since it already is surpassing 1,000 every-day passes.

KSAT foresees no indications of the expansion rate decelerating.

Amund Nylund, KSAT chief operations officer mentions the following:

  • “On the flip side, seeing at the number of new satellites in the pipeline and the release frequency this is an ongoing trend.”
  • “We suppose this signifies the existing speed of the commercial space industry. It also expresses the success of the KSATlite invention in this fast-developing industry.”

KSAT adds eight antennas to its KSATlite network this year. An additional 34 have are in progress as the firm arranges to install two to three antennas per month. “Spread all around the world, from Svalbard [Norway] in the north to Troll [Antarctica] in the south,” says KSAT spokeswoman Nina Soleng. Also, with an expansion in the capacity at present ground station sites, KSAT is assessing additional sites.

KSAT officials also ascribe the expansion in traffic to the flexibility the firm has developed into the KSATlite network.

“Customarily the satellite specifies the requirements for the ground station. Therefore, the ground stations have to implement operation-specific equipment,” Soleng says. “KSAT homogenized the ground station and if the satellite owner employed the ground station’s conditions, they would get a basic border to the ground. This network-centric method improves effective flexibility and lowers cost.”



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