Kratos’ RT Logic and Spaceflight Announce Partnership for Enhanced Small Satellite Ground Support
RT Logic Radios in Spaceflight’s Global Ground Network Will Simplify Ground to Space Communications
SAN DIEGO 10 August, 2015 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today a partnership between its RT Logic subsidiary and Spaceflight Networks, Spaceflight Industries’ line of business providing cost-effective satellite communications and data services. The partnership will bring small satellite owners and operators the combined benefits of RT Logic’s small sat ground radio products and Spaceflight Networks’ global network of ground stations.
RT Logic is a leading developer and manufacturer of communications equipment for satellite ground segment operations. The company’s ground radios for small satellite users have been built from the ground up to meet the unique needs and business models of the burgeoning small satellite revolution. The radios meet both low rate command & control and high rate mission data downlink requirements, leveraging signal processing algorithms developed and proven over many years of successful test and on-orbit satellite operations. Utilizing Virtual Machine (VM) technology and industry-standard platforms, the new ground radios reduce complexity, cost, risk and schedule for small satellite builders and operators.
“These new ground radios present a more economical and flexible solution for small satellite missions. They are both modular and scalable, supporting single satellites up to large constellations,” said Matt Prechtel, RT Logic’s Business Area Director for small satellite systems. RT Logic’s partnership with Spaceflight will help simplify and assure ground-to-space communication requirements for small satellite operators so they can focus more completely on mission and payload issues.”
Spaceflight Networks launched in July 2014 to address the need for cost-effective communications and operations for small satellites. Its network is unique in that it has standardized both the ground and spacecraft radios and communications protocols to simplify integration for its customers. By incorporating ground radios with published pricing for compatible radios and data plans, Spaceflight Networks provides a simple approach to communications for its customers.
“We are building an infrastructure to meet the communications needs of the burgeoning small-satellite sector,” said Jason Andrews, CEO of Spaceflight Industries. “RT Logic’s ground radios will further our mission to improve latency and data throughput compared to what is currently available, minimize operating costs and provide flexibility for small sat operators.”
Both companies will be exhibiting at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan Utah, August 8th through 13th, 2015 – RT Logic in booth #35/36 and Spaceflight in Center Colony Suite.
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) is a specialized National Security technology Company providing mission critical products, solutions and services for United States National Security. Kratos’ core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Kratos’ areas of expertise include Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cybersecurity, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 3,500. Substantially all of Kratos’ work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos’ primary end customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are available at www.KratosDefense.com.
Spaceflight is a next-generation, integrated space services and solutions company that is fundamentally changing how small satellites are built, launched and operated to improve access to space and enable persistent global awareness. Through its market-leading subsidiaries and service lines, including Spaceflight Systems, Spaceflight Services and Spaceflight Networks, the company provides cost-effective, comprehensive small-satellite products and services from development to launch, communications and operations. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Spaceflight provides its services worldwide through its global network of partners, ground stations and launch vehicle providers. For more information, please visit www.spaceflightindustries.com and follow @SpaceflightInc on Twitter.
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