KSAT Top Stories of 2022

From the launch of Satellite and Mission control, to announching the investment of a dedicated lunar ground network - here are the top stories on our website in 2022. 

In January we announced the launch of a new service to our portfolio, Satellite and Mission control. From the Satellite Operation Center at KSAT headquarters, a dedicated group will perform satellite and mission adapted satellite and payload services for the entire life span of the spacecraft Throughout the year we announced several new contracts where we will provide the service, like the Arctic Weather Satellite and GHGSat.

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With Satellite and Mission Control as a service to our portfolio, we are the one-stop solution for all ground operation needs.

To meet the rapidly increasing demand for lunar comms, KSAT is investing in a purpose- built lunar ground network. We announced this in March, and our CEO Rolf Skatteboe presented the expansion of our offering fully at Space Week in October. 

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CEO Rolf Skatteboe presented KSAT lunar ground network during Space Week in October.  

In August we announced that we add a new satellite to our multi mission vessel detection service. The planned Norwegian radar satellite MicroSAR has advanced capabilities for detailed near real-time surveillance of large areas, a system lacking in the satellite market today.

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The main application of the satellite MicroSAR will be for vessel detection, a long-running service with KSAT.

In August we also reached a milestone with a high success rate for KSATlite, the network optimized for small satellites. It demonstrated a record high proficiency of 99.7% over the past year. A significant achievement as the growth in traffic the same period was 45%.

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The record high success rate over the past year ensures that the more than 50 different customers supported can be satisfied with the KSATlite services.

In November we announced that NASA has selected us to develop capability studies. NASA awarded contracts to KSAT and SpaceLink as part of the campaign to begin investigating commercial sources for future space communications services.

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The studies will involve direct-to-Earth and lunar space relay communications and navigation services that would enhance telemetry, tracking, and commanding services for orbital and sub-orbital missions at the Moon through relay of critical data between spacecraft and ground stations.