San Mateo, CA – March 11, 2019 - Audacy, a space communications service provider delivering real-time spacecraft connectivity, and ICEYE, an Earth observation company creating the world’s largest Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to explore enabling continuous satellite communications for ICEYE’s SAR satellite constellation via Audacy’s inter-satellite data relay network. This will give ICEYE the ability to task its satellites to image a location only minutes before it passes a location of interest, anywhere on Earth, at all times.
This unique capability is unlike current industry standards, where satellite imaging companies need to wait for their satellites to pass over a ground station in order to send commands or receive data. This “store-and-forward” limitation creates unnecessary delays in tasking and severely hampers the ability to respond to urgent imaging needs.
“We are building the new communications backbone for the emerging space economy and Audacy’s network is well-placed to serve a wide variety of customers, including the growing geospatial intelligence community,” said Dr. Ralph Ewig, CEO of Audacy. “Real-time connectivity will expand the capabilities of Earth observation services across the globe and will rapidly seed product development for our earliest customers.”
Audacy is developing the world’s first commercial inter-satellite data relay network with a planned rollout in 2021. Its network of medium Earth orbit relay satellites and ground facilities aims to deliver real-time connectivity to both commercial and government users, anywhere from launchpad to lunar distance.
“ICEYE is launching radar imaging satellites to provide governments and commercial industries with timely and reliable imaging. Audacy’s communications network complements the approach we’ve used so far, and helps us bring additional value to the market,” said Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and co-founder of ICEYE. “We’re eager to provide our customers with radar satellite imaging at unprecedented timelines -- in the future measured in just minutes.”
Audacy is a space communications service provider delivering continuous connectivity and data in real time to spacecraft operators. With a spectrum license granted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2018, and by deploying a network of medium Earth orbit relay satellites and ground facilities, Audacy will provide the world’s first commercially available inter-satellite data relay network, enabling seamless low-Earth orbit coverage and always-on connectivity from ground to lunar orbit. To learn more, visit https://audacy.space.
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ICEYE empowers others to make better decisions in governmental and commercial industries by providing access to timely and reliable satellite imagery. The company is tackling this crucial lack of actionable information with world-first aerospace capabilities and a New Space approach. ICEYE’s radar satellite imaging service, with coverage of selected areas every few hours, both day and night, helps clients resolve challenges in sectors such as maritime, disaster management, insurance, finance, security and intelligence. ICEYE is the first organization in the world to successfully launch synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites with a launch mass under 100 kg. For more information, please visit: www.iceye.com