SpaceQuest selected RBC Signals to ensure that two of Space Quest’s small sats, THEA and BRIO, are supported and operational in Low Earth Orbit. Even though SpaceQuest operates its own ground station SpaceQuest engaged RBC Signals to increase the number of daily communication opportunities with their spacecraft. With support from the RBC Signals ground station network, SpaceQuest has been able to successfully operate THEA and BRIO in the crowded environment post-launch.
The two spacecraft, THEA and BRIO, were delivered to orbit on the note worthy SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, which featured 64 small satellites launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle in December 2018.
RBC Signals’ rapidly expanding network now includes more than 65 antennas in over 40 locations worldwide. The firm’s communication capabilities span VHF, UHF, S-, C-, X-, Ku- and Ka-bands. RBC Signals can support satellites in GEO, MEO, and LEO for a wide array of mission needs.
Christopher Richins, CEO of RBC Signals said that this engagement showcases their ability to provide turnkey, flexible solutions to satellite operators. Their platform provides a simple interface for scheduling ground station access, and the RBC Signals ground station network offers multiple stations to meet the needs of their customers.
Dr. Dino Lorenzini, CEO and Chairman of SpaceQuest added that RBC Signals’ ability to support multiple passes from multiple ground stations has been critical to their commissioning THEA and BRIO.