How This Space Tech Startup Seeks to Disrupt the Small Satellite Communications Market Through Its Laser Community


Bengaluru-based Astrogate Labs is working to ensure high-speed communications for smallsats. Founded in 2017 by IIT alumnus and former Team Indus engineers Nitish Singh and Aditya Kedlaya, the startup is developing smallsat terminals and optical ground networks for satellite communication. Nitish Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Astrogate Labs

[Image Credit: Astrogate Labs] Astrogate Labs, incubated at Innovation & Collaboration Centre, Australia, was launched to address the need for communication infrastructure.

Thus, Astrogate is looking to disrupt the small satellite communication market through its laser communication solution. Satellite-to-ground communication solutions

Nitish adds that currently RF (radio-frequency) protocols are widely used for inter-satellite as well as satellite-to-ground communications. However, it is an expensive solution and is also limiting in terms of bandwidth. Speaking to YourStory, Nitish explains that with the increasing number of satellites, the data which is being sent and processed will also increase in the coming years. This will increase the demand for satellite communication infrastructure.

The startup is developing smallsat optical terminals and a network of optical ground terminals. It is also developing a full-stack laser communication solution for small satellites.  Astrogate is aimed at building an entire chain of optical communication systems to address the problem of high-speed communication in space. 

Astro-Link [Image Credit: Astrogate Labs] Nitish says that smallsat operators can integrate Astrogate’s optical terminal and subscribe to the ground communication plan for a full turn-key solution. “Laser technology solutions were mainly incorporated in bigger sized satellites earlier due to their size, while smallsats mainly incorporate RF tools. However, laser technology can ensure more bandwidth of data transmission at a lower price. Therefore, Astrogate is developing laser tech-based tool to be incorporated in smallsats,” he adds.

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