Infostellar and Teledyne Paradise Datacom (Paradise), part of the Teledyne Defense Electronics Group, have announced the interoperability of Infostellar’s ground station sharing platform, StellarStation, with the groundbreaking QubeFlex™ LEO satellite modem, a flagship product of Paradise.
Infostellar and Paradise aim to provide LEO Satellite operators and ground station owners with a single seamless system able to integrate with existing ground stations by installing StarPass, Infostellar’s sharing device, at the ground station site. This device provides a link between the ground station hardware and StellarStation, which in turn allows Infostellar to rent unused antenna idle time from ground stations and supply it to satellite customers.
This interoperability between the QubeFlex™ modem and StellarStation bridges an “access gap” in the current market. It enables a much larger swath of smaller end users globally to affordably access CubeSat data, without a capital investment in earth station equipment, while also giving ground station operators the opportunity to sell unused capacity.
Andrew Young, Head of Ground Systems Engineering at Infostellar, said the QubeFlex Satellite Modem is the first off-the-shelf satellite modem the company has seen that was designed specifically for CubeSat and smallsat users. This, along with its track record of interoperability with a variety of CubeSat transmitters, is the reason Infostellar has added support for this product to the firm’s StarPass device.
Paul McConnell, Business Development Director for Paradise, noted that interoperability between space assets and ground segment has always been important to users. StellarStation takes the concept of interoperability a step further and together with Q-Flex provides a seamless, quick and flexible ground solution for new space.