Unlock the Potential of Satellite Data by Utilizing the Optical Network
We provide the earth observation satellite operators with inter-satellite optical communication service. Once they install the optical terminal on their satellites, they can downlink the earth observation data to the ground at any time.
We provide the LEO sat operators with our optical terminal at the developing phase. After launch, earth observation satellites can send the data to our relay satellites, orbiting MEO.
Via our relay satellites, user satellites can downlink the data anytime, anywhere. Moreover, we can help with reducing the cost of arranging the radio frequency which takes 5 years to finish the whole process at the longest.
Currently, the communication infrastructure to downlink a huge amount of satellite data is insufficient. Since a large number of LEO satellites are orbiting near the Earth at high speed, the conventional way of direct communication between LEO satellites and ground stations is a serious bottleneck.
Additionally, the procedure of applying for using a specific radio frequency to downlink from satellites to the ground is a huge burden for LEO satellite operators. On top of that, the available frequency bands are running out as more and more satellites enter orbit these days.
- 24.0 x 20.0x 5.3 mm, (L*W*H)
- 3.0 g
- Receiver Type
- GPS L1 C/A and GLONASS L1
- Signal Tracking Availability
- QZSS, WASS, EGNOS, MSAS, GAGAN
High performance UHF communication board with world lowest price
- PC104 Standard
- 430～450MHz 400～403MHz(Opt)
BBB standard compliant, high performance and low-cost OBC motherboard
- PC104 Standard
- 47g without BBB
- I2C,UART,SPI,Expansion Header for BBB
Simple, Energy saving, Low-cost EPS
- PC104 Standard
- Power supply
Smallest and lightest GPS module in the world
- GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS, GAGAN
- Receiver Type
- L1 C/A
Required Demonstration for Technical Validation
The first relay satellite will be launched in 2022 and the β service will be launched in 2023. Demonstration and polishing of “one to many” optical communication control device and simulator for the ground demonstration are the prioritized tasks now.
Regarding the control device, we will carry out tests considering all operations up to 5 years based on the orbital information of relay satellites and LEO satellites, the data transmission time, etc. In addition, since it is impossible to modify the devices once they are up in outer space, preparing for every possible trouble in advance is necessary to eliminate unexpected situations.
- Feb：Succeeded in launching “WARP-01/ Nichirin”.
- Mar：Succeeded in injecting “WARP-01” into the orbit from the ISS.
- Apr：Closed the first round SeriesA.
- Sep：Finalized the Series A round.
- Launch of the first optical data relay satellite “WARP-02” and β ver. service.
- Launch of two more relay satellites and the full-scale service.
- Launch 3 more relay satellites into different orbital plane to expand the service.
- Earth-Moon optical communication demonstration project.
Launch of more satellites in the earth orbit to expand the service of “WarpHub InterSat”
- Launch of Earth-Moon Communication service,
Technical demonstration of PPM (Pulse-position modulation)
- Start the demonstration and implementation to provide next-generation communication infrastructure which is essential for Mars exploration beyond the “Artemis Plan.”
Since the R&D of optical communication technology is led by national institutes and industrialization is not considered, the main scope and goal of its development is stabilizing and speeding up “one to one” communication. On the other hand, “one to many” communication, in which one satellite communicates with multiple satellites has not been targeted. But that is exactly what WARPSPACE aims at. The maximum distance between relay satellite and LEO satellite is about 18,000km though, the size requirement of the communication terminal is about 10cm to publish the link. Additionally, WARPSPACE will develop the ground system to operate the whole system in house.
In outer space, the temperature exceeds 100 degrees in the sun, but it drops minus 100 degrees in the shade. Since the operational temperature at which optical communication terminals work is about 20 to 25 degrees, the challenge is to achieve the more efficient thermal control.
Down-sizing of optical terminals is also quite challenging. The communication terminal for the LEO satellites needs to be as small as possible, but the one for relay satellites gets bigger and it brings cost-push. On top of that, the radiation environment in MEO is much harsher than other orbits, thus radiation hardening is necessary to protect the satellites. The balance between cost and specification must be considered.
Tsukuba, The Center of Space Industry
The biggest site of space development in Japan is located in Tsukuba Science City. It is famous place for JAXA. Our technology was selected by JAXA and we’ve launched two satellites at the “University Satellite Project”. That is when WARPSPACE was born. Not only our own experiences, but also our partners are professional of space such as JAXA, Space Development Institute. Additionally, we can access the Well-Equipped Facilities to conduct our experiment. It makes our project and technologies more feasible.
Powerful Technical Background
Top Runners of Optical Telecommunication in Outer Space
Prof. Takayama joined our project as a technical adviser. He is a professional researcher in optic communication field in University of Tokai. He’s been working on the study about optic communication with moving target, and between ground and space, not just theory , but conducting the experiment to substantiate
A Member of the Project, Called “OICETS”, Which Succeeded the World’s First Demonstration of Inter Sat Optical Communication in Outer Space.
He made a great achievement on the project as a researcher. In OICETS project, they demonstrated the optical telecommunication experiment between 2 satellites conducted by JAXA and ESA in 2005. We are carrying on the Cutting-Edge technology and experience to develop our services.