- Space Utilities
- In-Space Communications Relay
- 4) Early stage
- First launch
Serving as an advanced network access point located in the Cislunar service area, CommStar-1 will be capable of receiving and relaying both optical and radio frequency communications between the Moon and the Earth. CommStar-1 will provide active, “always on,” advanced data services over the more than 225,000-mile distance but will be situated closer to the Moon, i.e. 41632 miles. CommStar-1 relay infrastructure will be designed as a hybrid system for both radio frequency and optical (laser) communications.
CommStar-1 will be a larger communications platform than anything currently contemplated to be located on the lunar surface or in orbit around the Moon, with significant space, weight, and power (“SWaP”) dedicated for enhanced relay data transmission. Customers of CommStar-1 can design their lunar payloads for higher speed connectivity and robust bandwidth capacity on their platforms whilst avoiding the critical trade-offs of costly “SWaP” dedicated solely for ultra-long-haul communications. These returned benefits will allow critical “Price per LB to Space” costs to be reallocated away from solely communications to more valuable tasks.
Service Objective: A space-based Cislunar Network Access Point (C-NAP) with unique proprietary onboard capabilities located at a stable, diverse placement location visually accessible from multiple space communications locations and platforms, e.g. Cislunar, GEO, Moon, and with additional family of satellites deployed, Deep Space. Its primary purpose is to serve as a hybrid data communications relay between space-based platforms – Cislunar, Moon – and customer locations on the Earth, e.g. 2023.
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