Clyde Space to Support Audacy’s Technology Demo Mission
Clyde Space has announced a new partnership with California space company Audacy, which is developing a constellation of relay satellites to provide non-stop, real-time communications coverage for commercial customers in the space industry, with services similar to NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). Audacy’s network intends to provide uninterrupted space connectivity, allowing customers to continuously access and monitor their assets in space.
According to the company, this enables satellite operators to obtain greater quantities of data, eliminate outages between data downlinks, and significantly reduce operators’ costs. Clyde Space is providing the spacecraft bus solution and custom on-site training for a mission demonstrating Audacy’s customer satellite terminal, which includes K-band antennas and a Software-Defined Radio (SDR).
The initial phase of the principal Audacy mission will consist of three Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) relay satellites due to launch in 2019 combined with ground stations in California, Singapore, and Europe. These satellites will simultaneously support customer satellites with missions and applications in multiple sectors from agriculture to disaster management.