New Space is a departure from traditional Communication Satellite business, in that the proposed New Space business cases require constellations of up to thousands of small satellites. This is attempting to break through the barrier of high cost of entry into this business, and the success in ‘New Space’ quantity and price target will depend on deviation from standard heritage and practice.
It is understood that standard communication satellite heritage and practices will not be applicable, since it would be a difficult to provide the solutions using the traditional design and manufacturing practices. It would also be very challenging for established Suppliers to provide components at the cost and volume that will be required. As such, a totally new approach for satellite/component design & manufacture is required, opening up an opportunity for AstroComm to provide the transponder solution.
Given that the state of electronics on traditional communication satellites is decades behind the current State-of-the-Art, AstroComm proposes to leverage its heritage in design, development, fabrication and production of advanced high performance commercial electronic components into Spacecraft design. Furthermore, traditional Space is very expensive, with the RF being a major part of it. AstroComm proposes to leverage its heritage in using low cost commercial test, assembly, reliability & production strategy to develop RF products more suitable to New Space.
Traditional spacecraft manufacturing is an extremely time consuming process, and this is not suitable for the assembly-line approach that is needed for very large constellations of satellites. AstroComm proposes to leverage its heritage in mass production of consumer electronics into enabling mass production of RF components. This will also allow fast cost-effective replication of all strategies. Application of AstroComm’s ‘Quick Start’ approach to design and prototyping will also be a strategy to reduce time and cost to production.
AstroComm is offering a more cost-effective RF products/solutions for spacecraft by adapting more modern technology into spacecraft RF design. It also brings in a diverse, high volume supplier base, experienced in commercial electronics and component production. The low-cost and efficient design is easily adaptable to commercial S, C, X, Ku, and Ka Band applications
Design for rapid manufacturing and high volume production will be required for New Space success. AstroComm offers a departure from the current conservative and costly paradigm, invoking disruption through price and technology.