Episode 11

EXTENDING COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE INTO SPACE


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Innovation Japan

EXTENDING COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE INTO SPACE

Expectations for data exchanges via satellites are growing, but the capabilities of ground station antennas have not been fully exploited due to limited time windows for transmitting satellite signals. A Japanese company has developed a cloud-based platform to connect the ground station antennas scattered around the world. This video shows how the numerous satellites orbiting the Earth and the antennas spread out across the globe will exchange data, as well as the great possibilities to create new industries and enrich our daily lives.

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Innovative technologies and lower costs have enabled the launch of a large number of small satellites, and expectations are growing regarding the use of data acquired from space.

However, not enough ground stations have been prepared to receive this satellite data.

00:35

Infostellar
CEO & Co-Founder
Naomi Kurahara

We’ve connected ground stations that are scattered around the world, and created a sharing network that is capable of large and frequent data transmissions with satellites. This will allow data from satellites to become readily accessible.

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Ground stations are typically set to communicate with only one particular satellite. These stations are only capable of communicating with orbiting satellites in a very small window; each day data can be received for about 40 minutes on average.

Many stations exist around the world and are inactive for over 97% of their operating time.

The company has developed a ground station network that connects antennas around the world. This network allows individual antennas to communicate with other satellites during their downtime, and the result is that more data can be received from satellites, more often and at a lower cost.

01:31

Infostellar
COO & Co-Founder
Kazuo Ishigame

We created the system as a cloud-based platform. Even with data from satellites with different communication methods, the platform remains extremely versatile by converting data in the cloud into formats that users can use.

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As this platform becomes more established, so too will a surrounding environment that will give rise to new businesses which involve the collection, analysis, and application of data acquired from satellites.

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As a result, in fields such as agriculture, energy, and logistics, users will be able to ascertain a situation or adjust for supply and demand in nearly real time, with such capabilities expected to bring efficiency gains to a variety of scenarios. It might even be possible to manage risks and provide detailed economic forecasts with greater accuracy.

02:23

Infostellar
CEO & Co-Founder
Naomi Kurahara

We are creating a future where information from space will be collected continuously.

The data from satellites presents us with great possibilities, not only for growth in industries such as the development of space-related technologies, but also in areas that will enrich our daily lives.

This video was created in collaboration with Infostellar, Inc.