Rivada partners with Okapi:Orbits
May 18, 2023
By Chris Forrester
Rivada Space Networks (RSN), which is building an initial 300-satellite mega-constellation of low Earth orbiting satellites, has signed with Okapi:Orbits to use its satellite mission-analysis tools, including analysis and implementation of Collision Avoidance and De-orbiting strategies.
The agreement brings together RSN’s interconnected high-speed, low Earth orbiting satellite network and Braunschweig, Germany-based Okapi:Orbits’ Space Traffic Management Software-as-a-Service solution.
RSN is focusing on Ka-band frequencies and Internet of Things business.
Rivada’s LEO constellation will offer access to a secure satellite network with pole-to-pole reach, offering end-to-end latencies similar to or better than terrestrial fiber. The unique RSN satellite architecture combines inter-satellite laser links with advanced onboard data routers to create an optical mesh network in space. It will deliver ultra-secure and highly reliable global connectivity for business operations in the telecom, enterprise, maritime, energy and government services markets. The first satellite launch is set for 2025, with global service starting in 2026.
Clemens Kaiser, Chief Programme Officer with RSN, said: “With our programme already up and running with Terran Orbital and SpaceX to manufacture and launch the satellites and with Aalyria for the management of the software-defined network, we are moving ahead to ensure the sustainability of the constellations. Our partnership with OKAPI:Orbits demonstrates our commitment to the responsible and sustainable use of space.”
The partnership shows the strength of the German NewSpace ecosystem, which can tackle large and ambitious projects and covers a wide range of the LEO supply chain. In light of the latest developments at the EU level, this is a strong signal and a call to action for economic policy-making to ensure the existing and growing innovation potential of SMEs and start-ups in the space ecosystem and the traditional space industry.
“Orbital networks are the future. Space Traffic Management ensures the safety and security of satellite operations and the future of in-orbit infrastructure operations, which is especially important in a time of a growing number of assets in space. RSN sets an industry-leading example in using space responsibly and applying the highest standards in terms of space sustainability and debris mitigation” commented Kristina Nikolaus, CEO and Co-founder of Okapi:Orbits.