Astranis began building four, geostationary communications small ones as the company prepares to produce dozens and later hundreds of them simultaneously. The company is building satellites weighing about 400 kilograms, making them one of the smallest geostationary spacecraft available on the market.
This next satellite production unit includes an improved payload that drives higher performance and various bus improvements to extend the life of the satellite. Astranis is developing its own core technology, such as software defined radio (SDR) and procures mission-critical components from highly established aerospace partners, such as Aitech, which also provide flight computers for the first satellites developed by Astranis.
Aitech has spent more than 30 years developing robust, reliable and space-based electronic systems and components for use in a variety of public, commercial and private space programs. The company continues to develop cost-effective, COTS-based and customized integrated systems, depending on radiation and mission requirements, giving the company the ability to offer a wide range of space solutions with the support of engineering experience worth several decades.
In addition to the Astranis smallsat program, Aitech offers other integrated mission systems in virtually any orbit. Mostly the company rocket engine controller (RMC) the unit is on Virgin Galactic VSS who successfully transferred the founder of Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, on Unity 22 90-minute suborbital flight, further demonstrating the success of SpaceShipTwo space plane.
Anthony Lai, Director of Business and Research and Development at Aitech, said, “Providing mission-critical small clock systems in NEO and LEO orbits is just one aspect of Aitech’s space innovation. We also provide GPGPU in-orbit application processing, which will help facilitate artificial intelligence-based advances in a number of space applications. “