Spaceflight to launch network for communicating with tiny satellites


So, you built your shoebox-sized satellite. You found a spot on a rocket and got it to the International Space Station, where astronauts then released it into Earth’s orbit. Now you need to communicate with it. How?

The answer has been a headache for space startups, which, like any small company, don’t necessarily have the resources to build a huge amount of communications infrastructure from scratch. Some go ahead and do it. Others, like Southern Stars, find a partner with existing resources.

Spaceflight, which has been booking space for small satellites on rockets since early 2013, believes there is room for another option: a global network for communicating with satellites that anyone can buy time on, bringing down the cost for big and small satellite companies.

“Just as computers used to be mainframes and then it was the PC and now it’s tablets and smartphones with billions of different nodes…

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