Published: Feb. 4, 2016
Last Updated: July 31, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
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ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. kicked off 2016 by successfully reaching another milestone. In early January 2016 ATLAS, in cooperation with NOAA, performed numerous live S-Band downlink operations using a support antenna in Southern California. The effort was in collaboration with our partners at RT Logic.
This first-of-its-kind test validates operational functionality of the ATLAS Freedom Platform, by testing the connection between operational space assets and the ATLAS ground architecture. More importantly ATLAS collected vital system performance metrics. “We focused on quality of service, but also security, latency and reliability,” said CTO Brad Bode. The test utilized cloud-based virtual systems and achieved stellar latency numbers. This was all performed while maintaining 100% encrypted connections.
“Knowing how quickly we can make customer data accessible is both important for marketing,” Bode said, “but also for setting goals to beat. We aren’t satisfied unless we’re pushing the envelope.”
The ATLAS Freedom Platform allows Machine-to-Machine communications via the REST web service standard. Our customers are able to fully automate their back-end to tie directly into Freedom’s offering – giving customers the total flexibility. Users are even able to tap Freedom’s core services, such as the automated scheduler or orbital tools. Bode says, “It means we can add in customer specific processing, without any changes to our larger offering”
ATLAS Freedom allows customers to configure, task, and command satellites, while seamlessly providing data dissemination and archiving. Customers will not need to stand up their own servers for the purpose of data warehousing. When customers need reliable, secure, and fast storage they can rely on ATLAS to fill that need, backed by Amazon Web Services.
“Our base system is fully automated. If a customer doesn’t need any tailoring we can beat competitors pricing by large margins,” says CEO Sean McDaniel. Software centric approaches have driven down costs in many industries. Sean says, “We must make ground station access more affordable for the new space industry to take off”.
ATLAS Freedom Platform is ready to pave the way to affordable, reliable space to ground communications.