Quintillion Networks has announced it has partnered with ATLAS Space Operations to plan for a ground station in Alaska, 250 miles inside the Arctic Circle, the company said.
Upon its completion in the first quarter of 2020, the new Quintillion-ATLAS 3.7 meter ground station will be put to use immediately by US Government and commercial customers. By utilizing Quintillion´s existing fiber optic infrastructure, ATLAS adds this valuable and geographically diverse site to its growing global FREEDOM network to provide greater data access from space.
The polar nature of ATLAS´ Alaskan ground station, connected through Quintillion´s fiber network, fills an important network gap that is not served by sites in lower latitudes. Because many satellites pass over the Arctic during their orbit, and because the sheer number of satellites is skyrocketing with declining launch costs, polar ground stations give owners the mission-critical ability to communicate with their satellites more frequently, preserving the value of the data collected in space.
Quintillion is a private global communications corporation located in Anchorage, AK. Quintillion built and operates a submarine and terrestrial high-speed fiber optic cable system serving residential, commercial and federal government clients and that spans the Alaskan Arctic and connects to the lower-48 using existing networks.
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., based in Traverse City, Michigan, empowers global access to space through FREEDOM, a simple solution for processing and analyzing data from space, through a global antenna network, powered by a revolutionary cloud-based software.