Infostellar is a Japanese space startup and a Ground Segment as a Service (GSaaS) provider, firmly establishing itself as a New Space company. In this speech, Bertrand clarifies the connection between New Space and Ground Segments, highlighting the transformative role Infostellar plays in the industry by providing global access to ground stations through their cloud-based platform, StellarStation.
Emphasizing concepts such as simplification, pay-per-use, scalability, and democratization, Bertrand illustrates how Infostellar is driving innovation and bridging the gap between New Space and traditional Space.
We provide Ground Segment services. We give our customers – the satellite operators – access to a global network of networks of ground stations. Our worldwide ground segment network operator partners include Viasat Real Time Earth and AWS Ground Station. Our network includes as well a range of individual ground stations in strategic locations. Strategic means near the collection area of the Earth Observation data. To include strategically located ground stations in our network helps satellite operators to quickly connect to their spacecraft and constellation of satellites directly around the area of interest. It supports Real Time data delivery and satellite commanding for our clients. Typically we aim to provide Real Time services with no more than 15 minutes between data tasking, collection and image delivery.
We are mostly today supporting our customers operating Earth Observation satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with a network of S-, X- and now Ka-band services. The data downloaded is typically Optical images and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data but we also support the collection of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Radio Frequency Monitoring (RF) data. With access to ground segments in strategic locations we enable our customers to extend the services and geographic coverage they can provide to their end-customers. An interesting application is maritime surveillance which requests speed for downloading and processing multiple sources of data – optical, SAR, AIS and RF data. Typically combining satellite images with AIS and RF-data will allow to identify black-vessels.