Astrogate Labs

Smallsat optical communication solutions

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Astrogate Labs is a two year old space startup working on building free-space optical communication terminals for small satellites. The smallsat industry is observing a significant expansion both in terms of the number of satellites and bandwidth requirements. Current RF downlink systems are straining under the downlink demand, spectrum allocation and coordination issues.

Astrogate Labs plans to solve this problem with its optical solutions. Their terminals are of 1U form factor and are cost competitive to existing RF transmitters and offer downlink speeds up to 150 Mbps for 1000km range with Astrogate’s low-cost optical ground terminal and 1Gbps with observatory grade front-end telescopes.

Benefits

  • High bandwidth & secure optical communication link from low earth orbit (LEO) to ground
  • Lowest data downlink costs
  • No spectrum licensing issues.

Technology

The product utilizes free-space optical communication technology, two stage pointing – coarse pointing by the satellite bus and fine pointing by MEMS based mirrors – to deliver high bandwidth.

Potential markets

Application of high data optical communication link includes satellite to ground communication, satellite to satellite communication for imaging, earth observation, telecommunication needs.

Partnering opportunities

Astrogate Labs is seeking collaboration with universities and research partners to establish optical ground station networks in Australia.

Team

For all media inquires please contact Georgia Minarelli from the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

georgia.minarelli@unisa.edu.au

0413 314 726

Nitish Kumar Singh

Director/Co-founder & CEO

Aditya Kedlaya

Director/Co-founder & COO

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