Australian space boot Quasar satellite technologies is developing advanced space communications that will allow ground stations to communicate simultaneously with hundreds of satellites using technology developed by CSIROAustralia’s national science agency.
Over the next decade, more than 57,000 satellites will be launched around the world to meet an increase in demand for space-based data, from environmental monitoring like bushfires and floods, to connecting to sensors on IoT networks.
However, with current ground stations generally tracking one satellite at a time, heavy congestion will limit the potential of the satellites and the downstream industries they support. Quasar is backed by $12 million in funding, technology and industry expertise from CSIRO, main sequencethe Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer of NSWand Australian companies voice, Astronautic Saber, Fleet Space Technologies and Clearbox systems.
Quasar will seek to capitalize on the $130 billion satellite ground communications market, using technology developed by CSIRO for radio telescopes such as theirs ASK telescope in Western Australia.
Quasar will offer the technology’as a service‘, allowing commercial and public sector partners to access data from low, medium and geostationary orbit satellites from anywhere in the world, in the same way that many cloud computing services operate today. The company is developing the technology using a team based in Australia with expertise and research support from CSIRO.
Director General of CSIRO, Dr. larry marshall, said after helping receive images of humans on the Moon fifty years ago, commercializing this groundbreaking research will now help place more Australians in new jobs in the country’s growing space industry . “CSIRO has been a leader in radio astronomy and space communications for more than 60 years, from supporting the Moon landing in 1969 to inventing and delivering phased array power supplies in the newest radio telescope Australian, ASKAP in Western Australia.said Dr Marshall, adding: “CSIRO’s breakthrough technology has allowed the world to connect wirelessly using fast Wi-Fi, and now our technology will help connect satellites using our breakthrough technology. phased network.
CEO of Quasar, Phil Rileya telecommunications veteran behind some of Australia’s pioneering internet services such as large pond and Wireless Snitch, said the technology would enable new satellite-based business models and new opportunities previously hindered by legacy ground station technology. “Space is the highway of the stars, but today’s ground station technology is equivalent to one-lane ramps“, Ridley said, noting, “By making it possible to communicate with hundreds of satellites simultaneously, we will be able to ensure that the thousands of satellites launched over the next decade will have a way to effectively call home..”
CSIRO Marketing Specialist and Founding Director of Quasar, Dr. Ilana Feain, said the combination of cutting-edge technology, private investment and industry expertise gives Quasar a solid head start. “CSIRO’s phased array technology revolutionized radio astronomy by allowing ASKAP to see huge swaths of the sky at once – about 30 times the area that conventional telescopes could see. I am excited to see the next evolution of this technology empower satellite companies and their downstream industries..