Ever since the space race started six decades ago, humans have shifted their perspective on how they provide connectivity services. Moving on from a two-dimensional network, based on towers and under-sea cables, the world of connectivity now uses a three-dimensional network, based on high-altitude balloons and satellites. The advent of powerful, compact electronics and the recent developments in reusable launch vehicles, has done nothing but encourage new, bolder players to get their foot in the door. One such player is Astrome.
Among the leagues of giants like SpaceX, Amazon, and TeleSat, Astrome is an emerging space-technology company which aims to provide high-speed, reliable internet to the developing world. What gives us an edge over our competition, is how we plan to reach our goal. Instead of sending thousands of satellites at low-altitude, we plan to use a constellation of just 198 ultra-High Throughput Satellites (ultra-HTS) at a higher altitude. What makes us confident of successfully pulling off this feat? Our innovative Spot-Beam Technology, which is capable of providing 10x higher data-rates as compared to the state-of-the-art technology in use today.
However, as for any ground-breaking technology, people remain skeptical unless they are shown the impact it can create, a certain proof of concept. Our product GigaMesh will showcase that impact on ground, followed by SpaceNet-E in space. SpaceNet-22 will then showcase our services for users in our entire service-region; SpaceNet-99 is what will prove the technological feasibility of a complicated but decentralised network; and SpaceNet-198, the final constellation spanning 11 different orbital planes, each having 18 satellites, is what will revolutionise the way people use internet right now.
The pilot phase will utilise the exact same planes as the final design, by putting in just two satellites in each of them. These 22 satellites will be capable of providing periodic connectivity to our entire service region. This phase will also enable Bulk Data Transfer, Cloud, and IoT services through the network. It will mark the beginning of an exciting era in space communication, by showcasing the power of mmWave technology.
Once the pilot constellation is up and running, the intermediate phase will get into effect. Astrome will launch 77 more satellites, in their designated orbital planes. This will increase the service of the network to its full capability, providing 24/7 connectivity to the users. Additionally, services like DTH Internet and Satellite Backhaul will be enabled in this phase. It will be the stepping stone to the final-phase of this ambitious project.
Once SpaceNet-22 and Spacenet-99 are successfully able to demonstrate that impact of space-internet, SpaceNet-198 will take the capabilities of the network to its extreme. Not only will the network be capable of year-round, ubiquitous connectivity at unimaginable speeds, it will also enable Tier-1 internet services and services over ocean. SpaceNet-198 will be an advanced Satellite internet Network, with the capability to form simultaneous bi-directional links between the satellites. This gives the network a Tier-1 capacity, with the ability to connect continents through just inter-satellite communication.
SpaceNet aims to have a total network capacity of 24 Tbps, a shy above Starlink’s 23.7 Tbps. However, it will use ~25 times less satellites to provide the same service. Furthermore, the cost of setting up SpaceNet, when compared per Gbps, will be considerably lower than terrestrial networks, enabling it to offer backhaul services to terrestrial telecom companies. The data-rates it will provide will also be at least 5x better than the nearest upcoming space-internet competitor. Astrome is on the path to be a game-changer in space-based internet, and SpaceNet will be at the centre of all the limelight.
To conclude modestly, SpaceNet is the internet of the future which will push us into the era of Web 3.0. And SpaceNet-22, and SpaceNet-99 are the stepping stones to an all reaching and high bandwidth internet.
Astrome Space Technologies