Each exactEarth satellite will pass over Svalbard every 90 to 100 minutes. Located at 78 degrees north latitude, SvalSat is the world's only established commercial station capable of downlinking on every satellite orbit.
exactEarth's agreement with KSAT ensures that its customers will have up-to-date, reliable access to AIS (Automatic Identification System) data. SvalSat maintains around-the-clock staffing to service many of the world's leading satellite operators. The facility offers a high speed backhaul link via redundant fiber optic cables to transmit all data to exactEarth's data processing centre in
"Our agreement with KSAT offers us the best possible downlinking solution," said Peter Mabson, President of exactEarth. "We have established a long-term relationship with a world-leading service provider, while at the same time eliminating the need to construct our own ground-based antenna system. In addition, KSAT is an established provider of satellite based Earth Observation services such as oil spill detection and ice monitoring to the Norwegian and International markets so this strategic partnership will open up new opportunities for both companies."
Under the agreement, KSAT will build a dedicated tracking station, including an antenna system with a 7.3 meter dish, at its SvalSat site for use of exactEarth. In addition, KSAT will provide backup downlink capabilities using some of their existing antenna systems.
"We are excited to partner with exactEarth and to provide their ground station at SvalSat," said Rolf Skatteboe, President of KSAT. "exactEarth's space-based AIS solution will provide improved visibility into worldwide maritime traffic, and we look forward to playing a role in delivering that information to the global community. KSAT is the prime contractor for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) oil spill detection service, and adding real time AIS information is a logical next step in the development of this service."
About exactEarth Ltd.
exactEarth Ltd. (www.exactEarth.com) is a data services company that leverages advanced microsatellite technology to deliver monitoring solutions characterized by high performance, reliability, security, and simplicity. exactEarth's initial service, exactAIS™, is a global vessel tracking and monitoring system based on world leading space-based advanced AIS detection technology. Based in Cambridge, ON,
About KSAT AS
Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT) (www.ksat.no) is a world leading commercial satellite services company. Situated in Tromso,
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