Vector, Atlas Develop New Satellite Ground Architecture
[Via Satellite 11-03-2016] Vector Space Systems has finalized a strategic partnership agreement with Atlas Space Operations to integrate Atlas’ network of capabilities into Vector Space Systems’ existing product offerings, diversifying the company’s launch tracking capabilities. As early as 2018, Vector Space Systems will be able to provide a space-to-ground communication network from the Galactic Sky division to its customers through Atlas Links, a mobile, rapidly deployable, and electronically steered array Radio Frequency (RF) ground system.
Designed for communications with both Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and deep space missions, and capable of rapid deployment, Atlas Links arrays will enable Vector Space Systems to simultaneously track signals over multiple frequencies, eliminating high civil engineering costs associated with the installation of other systems that require expensive antennas and pedestals. Satellite ground architecture and data services will support Vector Space Systems’ launch operations from the ground and in-orbit, transforming satellite Telemetry Tracking and Command Systems (TT&C) and ground operations for space startups.
Built around the Atlas Freedom Platform, Atlas’ proprietary cloud-based solutions employ an advanced combination of Atlas-owned and cooperative antennas that provide customers with more affordable Ultra-High Frequency (UHF), S-, X-, and Ka-band coverage, as well as TT&C.