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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.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted a spectrum license June 7 to Audacy, the Silicon Valley startup planning to establish a space-based commercial communications relay network.
Based in San Francisco, the company recently opened its second office in Singapore, where one of its ground stations will be located. SpaceTech Asia speaks to Audacy’s Co-founder and CEO Ralph Ewig and its Singapore team to find out more about Audacy and its plans for 2018.
As Audacy approaches the launch of its CubeSat, Audacy Zero, the company is already working on the next demonstration to the International Space Station (ISS) named Audacy Lynq. The mission will deploy a second generation client terminal on the ISS, where it will provide communications for commercial users.