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While SpaceX, OneWeb and others are developing new high-speed communication satellite networks, Farrar said he is “not convinced this is a great opportunity” for those low Earth orbit networks. The one space communications startup Farrar thinks may “make a big play” for NASA’s network is Audacy, he said.
Recently, the editors of Via Satellite got together to debate (and argue) who they felt were the 10 hottest companies in the satellite industry. What is great about our industry right now, is there are many companies that could be put into this category, both start-ups and established companies. In no particular order, we decided to put our list together.
Satellite operators are facing a real problem concerning how they establish and maintain real-time connectivity for commercial spacecraft. As more and more commercial satellites are set to launch this problem is becoming increasingly important. Ralph Ewig, CEO of Audacy shares his expertise about how real-time connectivity, addressing the spectrum crunch and building a communications backbone are all critical elements needed to support the new space economy.
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Audacy is ready to flight-test a proprietary satellite radio and ground station service from Napa Valley. If successful, in two years Audacy expects to be operating a TDRS-like commercial communications network. The prototype, Audacy Zero, is among 64 spacecraft assembled into the payload for the first dedicated rideshare aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9.
Ultimate Blue Nebula
(Translated from Mandarin Chinese) According to Ultimate Blue Nebula Co., Ltd., a Beijing-based space consulting firm, Audacy represents a new wave of commercialization for satellite-based data relay. With the rapid development of the small satellite industry in recent years, Audacy has increasingly tapped into new market demand for its affordable data relay services.
Audacy has secured pre-service commercial agreements valued at more than $100 million, marking a significant milestone for the company. More than half of the agreements made are with U.S-based companies, while the rest spans Europe and Asia-Pacific, with the latter continuing to be an important growth market since Audacy opened its Singapore office last year.
Audacy, a Silicon Valley startup developing a satellite data-relay constellation, is forming a network of companies to build compatible components, resell communications capacity and refer customers.
The Audacy Alliance unveiled Aug. 28 has five partners, including ÅAC Clyde, the company being formed by Sweden’s ÅAC Microtec and Scotland’s Clyde Space, and Fairfax, Virginia-based SpaceQuest, a satellite technology developer.
Alumni of SpaceX, NASA and Stanford University have formed a company that they say is on the cusp of building an internet-style service in space.
Headquartered in California, the firm — Audacy — is on a mission to provide the first commercial space-based data relay system and has claimed the network should be fully operational by 2020. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized a crucial license to the firm earlier this month.
Verticals to be greatly impacted by Audacy include launch vehicle operations, Internet of Things (IOT) constellation management, and human spaceflight. While any application of spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) would benefit from 100 percent connectivity, Audacy extends this to as far as lunar distances.
Audacy’s June 6 operating license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has already had the effect of triggering a $4 million financing, in the form of equity-secured debt, from Horizon Technology Finance.