OrbitsEdge and the Fundamentals of Space Industrialization

In the last decade, low-cost reusable rocket technology has completely disrupted the projections of space industrialization, initiating an unprecedented gold rush in space entrepreneurship. Getting satellites into space is getting cheaper and easier by the day. 

While conversations about moon bases and colonization of Mars are fun, the most “grounded” strategies are focusing on delivering Low Earth Orbit satellites to improve weather forecasting, communications, imagery and Internet Access.  

The challenge is keeping up with the growing bottleneck of sending satellite data back to earth, then processing it in the traditional cloud.  Companies, including Amazon, have recognized this challenge, building ground stations to process data, so customers can quickly strip out noise, turning raw data into actionable intelligence.   

What if you could process the data at the “Orbits Edge”?


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The Advantages of OrbitsEdge's SatFrame™ 445 LE

Space industrialization requires communication between earth and space on a massive scale. As with most technological advancements, it will be difficult to keep up. 

To build out the “final frontier of space”, we have to place processing resources closer to the data, shifting earth-bound cloud computing models to space. 

In order to generate this infrastructure, we’ll need systems that can survive the rigors of space but leverage Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components with a well-designed satellite bus to house them.  By leveraging COTS components, we have been able to cut the costs of developing new satellite technologies.  

Components alone don’t make it easy for general purpose industries to leverage space.  We need to take the next step and deploy industry standard systems, storage and software into orbit. Then, we network the SatFrame to standard satellite communications. Ultimately, OrbitsEdge will provide analytics in space to sift the mass of IoT data and maximize useable intelligence.  

This strategy will cut costs of communications and radically improve the ability to act faster on data from space.



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Challenges of the Orbital Data Bottleneck

For cloud computing on Earth, the initial problems were processing capacity and data security. With the maturation of the Cloud, these problems have been resolved.  Now latency and bandwidth are the most common challenges.

The Orbital Data Bottleneck encounters similar patterns: processing power, memory capacity, with bandwidth and latency being the most severe. 

While Low Earth Orbit provides the best case scenario for satellite-Earth latency because of its proximity, there is also the future of data growth itself. 

It is acknowledged that the terrestrial Cloud is constantly racing against increases in data and processing.

Edge resources offload the collection and processing of data and minimizes the amount sent to the Cloud. 

OrbitsEdge is extending Edge resources Above-the-Cloud to offload data and analytics, minimizing bandwidth requirements and lowering latency of transmission. 

And then there's the orbital customer: Satellite operators. 

Along with the growth of data, a remarkable increase in the number of satellites (such as Cubesats) are being launched with thousands planned in the following years. Being small, many may lack the processing and memory options that the SatFrame 445 LE will provide, creating an Above-the-Cloud web service for data processing and analytics for satellites unable to meet the demands themselves.

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