NASA Announces Audacy as a Top 25 Space Innovator

Audacy’s communications architecture has been selected by NASA iTech as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Space Technologies submitted across the US! NASA iTech is a year-long initiative to find new innovations that NASA identifies as having the most potential impact on the future of space exploration. 

We submitted a white paper on a “Seamless and On-Demand Satellite Communications Architecture” which is being reviewed by experts from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. The top 10 finalists will be selected on June 10th and will be invited to present their ideas to space industry leaders, chief technologists from NASA, and potential investors at NASA Langley in Hampton, Virginia. Audacy provides the future of communications services for spacecraft, and we are excited to see interest from NASA.

Audacy Collaborates with NASA Space Apps Challenge

"Seeing the Heartbeat of Earth in Real-time" - Sam Avery, Co-founder, Head of Spacecraft Integration

"Seeing the Heartbeat of Earth in Real-time" - Sam Avery, Co-founder, Head of Spacecraft Integration

Quindar is the open-source mission operations software for the space startup ecosystem. We engage with the space and developer community to support and democratize everyone's pursuit of advancing the space economy. Last month, Quindar collaborated with the Space Apps Challenge, a NASA incubator innovation program that spanned 187 hackathons, 69 countries and more than 25,000 participants.

Audacy co-founder and Head of Spacecraft Integration Sam Avery opened the Space Apps Berkeley event with a keynote on how Earth's challenges can be seen and addressed in real time. Audacy’s Quindar application is a flexible, browser-based platform that can be used for real-time spacecraft command, telemetry monitoring, and payload data processing. Quindar can integrate with other open data initiatives to run simulations or be customized for other applications.

At the Space Apps Berkeley event, 188 participants split into 12 teams to build space-based solutions to terrestrial challenges with NASA's open data from monitoring natural disasters to addressing ecological systems. Two Berkeley teams were nominated compete internationally: Climate Go provides social and gamified incentives to perform environmentally beneficial activities, and FlareVR educates users about Earth science satellite missions.

In 2015, VCs invested $1.8B into commercial space startups, more than the previous 15 years combined. With this investment momentum, new space startups have more opportunities than ever to create and scale commercial endeavors. Once reserved for government initiatives, access to space technology and data has become so attainable that space projects can be created and launched in the span of a weekend. Working directly with the space industry and building the Quindar community has given us insights into designing industry-distributed technology. We are reminded that commercial space initiatives are the next generation technological revolution, and can get started in only a couple of days.

Your Tailored Mission Operations Platform

Quindar Dashboard in browser

Quindar Dashboard in browser

Twelve months later, we have liftoff! Audacy has released Quindar, a free, open-source, browser-based mission operations platform for spacecraft. In our commitment to advancing a new age of space commerce and exploration, Audacy is developing technology that enables companies of every size to accomplish their missions. Last Friday, Audacy launched with Berkeley’s Google Developers Group, where developers downloaded and explored Quindar.

As a space company, you no longer need to sacrifice budget to acquire expensive and difficult software to run your missions. Quindar is a free application for space companies to be built on top of your mission operations software and to be used for your own campaigns. The rapidly falling cost of launching a satellite has resulted in near exponential growth in the number of spacecraft being deployed and operated. Satellite owners and operators often conduct Mission Operations using their own specialized software developed in-house. This project aims to create a modern, browser-based, real-time data visualization platform to monitor and operate complex engineering systems in a spaceflight mission operations setting. You can use Quindar for your own mission operations, deployed on your own servers, customized to suit your mission needs.

Audacy Expands Global Presence

CEO Ralph Ewig introduces Audacy at a NASA Ames hosted Starburst Event.

CEO Ralph Ewig introduces Audacy at a NASA Ames hosted Starburst Event.

We are excited to announce that Audacy has joined the international Starburst Accelerator Program. Starburst is the leading aerospace accelerator, featuring world-class industry partnerships with heavyweights such as Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, as well as 160 startups. Starburst's ecosystem empowers Audacy to ramp up our sales funnel and access to suppliers at a global scale, accelerating our growth to bring the next generation of satellite communications to market.

As part of Audacy’s participation in Starburst, we will have a presence at the Paris Air Show in June 2017. This annual trade show is one of the world’s largest, drawing in 300 official delegations from 90 countries and placing Audacy on a global stage in front of over 4000 international journalists. Beyond that, this partnership will also be instrumental in the expansion of Audacy’s international presence, as we look to open our Singapore office co-located at Starburst’s facilities by the end of the year.

Audacy CEO greets Royal Highnesses of Luxembourg

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Audacy welcomed Luxembourg's Crown Prince Guillaume, Princess Stéphanie, and Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider on a private tour of Silicon Valley's newspace ecosystem. The visit allowed Luxembourg’s top economic officials to build relationships with companies that would benefit from partnerships with Luxembourg’s leading banking, steel, and telecommunications industries. In 2016 the country’s government and top banking institutions invested €25 million ($26.5 million) into space resources, and aerospace now represents a significant sector of Luxembourg’s economy. 

As well as demonstrating our technology, Audacy joined other space companies at NASA Ames Research Center on a panel on "Developing New Markets in Space". As line-of-sight and spectrum constraints drive customers away from traditional ground station models, continuous and real-time connectivity will rapidly become the gold standard in satellite communications.

As Audacy builds out facilities around the globe, this collaboration between Luxembourg and Silicon Valley provides a pathway for Audacy to build strong relationships with space-focused strategic partners worldwide.

Back to BASES

Back to BASES

On May 8th 2015, Audacy was awarded 1st Prize at the annual Stanford BASES competition with over 200 startups pitching their ideas. This week, 2 years later, we had the opportunity to return to Stanford and present Audacy’s progress to the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs.

ExIm

ExIm

Audacy has received an official Letter of Interest from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“Ex-Im Bank” or “Ex-Im”) to fund the manufacture of our satellite constellation for up to $510 million. In addition to our valued venture partners, debt financing is an important component in developing Audacy’s game changing space communications platform, and we are thrilled by this latest vote of confidence from such a highly reputable source. 

Lion City

Lion City

This week Audacy incorporated its new Singapore location, Audacy Pte Ltd. We always knew going into this endeavor that it would be an undertaking of global scale, and expanding Audacy into Asia is absolutely crucial for our success. Not only does Singapore offer world class data connectivity and a highly educated workforce, but it also happens to be one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.

Bootstrap

Bootstrap

The toughest challenge in building a space business, is architecting meaningful milestones into the roadmap. The King and Queen of startup survival areProtoypes and Sales; they enable iterative learning, evidence of market traction, and a back loaded funding profile minimizing investment risk. Audacy’s roadmap is laid out in five phases, accomplishing all of these objectives.

Funding

Funding

Audacy democratizes access to space based data, by making something expensive and complex (space communications), ridiculously simple: build, fly, logon, done. We do all the heavy lifting of creating interplanetary infrastructure for our users, so they don’t have to. Building a system this comprehensive takes money; too much for venture funding alone. That’s why Audacy is leveraging project financing (debt funding) in addition to venture partner investments to take our system from concept to reality.

Architecture

Architecture

After five design cycles and thousands of system trades, Audacy’s architecture is finally complete! This morning the Audacy engineering team presented the results of months of work during a design review attended by a select group of potential customers. After evaluating every possible spacecraft configuration from vast low Earth orbit constellations to distant lunar nodes, we have arrived at the configuration that optimizes customer link performance, spectral efficiency, and spacecraft lifetime, while minimizing system cost, schedule, and technical risk.

NASA and Starburst Accelerator Event

NASA and Starburst Accelerator Event

Audacy was invited to present yesterday to an audience of over 300 leaders in aerospace, government, and VC at an event co-hosted by the Starburst Accelerator and NASA. The event was held at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA and featured a range of innovative space industry startups. Audacy’s presentation was received with excitement and we are pursuing several new partnership opportunities that emerged from the event. The event featured exciting presentations from other startups, including Deep Space Industries, Rocket Lab, Enbio, and Ursa.

Europe Space Forum

Europe Space Forum

I’m Katie, Head of Business Development at Audacy. My job is to work with customers and other strategic partners to make sure Audacy is building the best communications solution to meet client needs.  Last week I was in Luxembourg, along with our CEO Ralph Ewig, attending the Europe Space Forum at the ICT Spring 2016 event. This two-day innovation summit explored the impact of space technology on mobility, the internet of things (IoT), connectivity, security, and climate.