Orbcomm, Saab, and AAC Clyde are set to build oceanic communications cubesat, mull constellation.

WASHINGTON- on August 24, the companies reported that Orbcomm, which is a satellite operator together with AAC Clyde Space, smallsat constructor, and Saab, a Swedish aerospace contractor, is operating on a demonstration cubesat for oceanic communications that would mark the commencement of a new constellation.

The 3U cubesat will experiment with a very great frequency statistics exchange system, or VDES, a payload from Saab that can make two-way communications between the land and ships through the help of a satellite. Orbcomm will issue VDES data to consumers since the operator based in the United States by now provides tracking services for ships with Automatic Identification System that is a subsection of VDES. The cubesat set to launch in the mid-2022 on a space ship that is yet to be determined.  

According to a news release from AAC Clyde, VDES is presently limited to transmitters based on the ground, limiting its coverage on the shorelines; however, it has a 32 times bandwidth of Automatic Identification System Transmitters. VDES based in space would outspread their coverage across the oceans if delivered via constellation with sufficient satellites. Luis Gomes, the Chief Executive Officer of AAC Clyde based in Sweden, confirmed that a decision regarding continuing with a constellation would not be made until the specimen satellite is sent-off and tested the three firms are discussing on how one would look.

Luis stated during an interview that it could be a minute one or be a big one. He added that they had made talks of up to 100 spaceships. They are currently focused on exhibiting the service, and then they would hold talks with other members of association on the direction it is moving and the way they would like the progress.  

Swedish Transport Administration is offering 12.2 million Swedish Krona ($1.4 million) to the AAC Clyde meant for the cubesat and will construct in Uppsala in Sweden at an amenity lastly used for the subsystems of the satellite. AAC Clyde confirmed that it anticipates getting 17 million Swedish Krona in sum for the program, although Gomes rejected the total projected satellite costs. Gomes confirmed that AAC Clyde will carry VDES samples in the low Earth orbit as well as that its present design does not contain propulsion. AAC Clyde naturally makes its cubesat to have a lifetime of about five years.

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