Atlas Space Operations Supporting Three New Orbital Missions

With the recent launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, Atlas Space Operations in Traverse City is supporting three new missions with its Freedom Platform, which offers a secure, cloud-based platform for global communications.
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Astroscale’s ELSA-d satellite
One of the new missions Atlas Space Operations is supporting is that of Astroscale’s ELSA-d satellite, which will address the issue of space debris. // Photo courtesy of AStoscale

With the recent launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, Atlas Space Operations in Traverse City is supporting three new missions with its Freedom Platform, which offers a secure, cloud-based platform for global communications.

The new missions include the Astroscale, LinaSpace, and Axelspace programs.

Astroscale’s ELSA-d spacecraft, will respond to this question of space debris by demonstrating the core technologies and capabilities necessary for debris removal and docking. Atlas, from its Brewster, Wash. ground station, as well as from its new ground station in Miami, which the company expects to be operational next quarter, is one of the providers that will support the communications that power the ELSA-d spacecraft. Astroscale’s mission will use Atlas’ Freedom API, Freedom Pass Server (FPS), and its proprietary Flex Scheduler.

“Atlas’ clients can come with their existing integrations and the FPS will translate to any ground site hardware without the need for additional coding,” says Brad Bode, chief technical officer at Atlas. “Adaptive software can address a lot of these issues, and talking to the users and people closest to the problem has allowed us to significantly reduce costs and integration time for our clients. ATLAS offers our clients the freedom to get their data quickly and securely — on their terms.”

LinaSpace also is using Atlas’ global network of ground stations as well as the Freedom Pass Server. Atlas will support LinaSpace through its Ghana ground station, in addition to two new ground stations in Scotland and New Zealand. LinaSpace specializes in Earth observation and communications. With this launch, LinaSpace has delivered an Earth observation satellite to orbit, with Atlas supporting the data transfer process to monitor and control the mission.

Axelspace, a Tokyo-based microsatellite company building an Earth observation constellation, also launched four satellites from Baikonur. Atlas will support that mission from its ground station in New Zealand.

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