SpaceLink and Gilmour Space have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on implementing communications service for next generation small satellite platforms.
The companies will explore opportunities to incorporate the SpaceLink relay network for communications on Gilmour’s next generation small satellite platform and integrate Gilmour-built satellites into the SpaceLink network.
The SpaceLink relay service provides communications between low Earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft and the ground. It provides capacity for tasking, data download, and a variety of other communications requirements for operators of small satellites, Earth observation companies, commercial space stations, and satellite servicers and tugs.
Gilmour Space is developing new launch vehicles powered by hybrid propulsion technologies and is introducing a specialized ‘G-class’ satellite bus for next-generation space systems. Its Eris orbital rocket will begin launches into LEO in 2022.
"We see the signing of this MOU as a strong endorsement of the business plans of both SpaceLink and Gilmour Space,” Ben Greene, Chairman and CEO of Electro Optic Systems (the key strategic investor in SpaceLink), said. “SpaceLink looks forward to working with Gilmour Space on a definitive contract later this year.”
“We are very excited to be working closely with another leading space and defence company to enhance our small satellite and launch capabilities,” Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space, said. “The SpaceLink relay service has the potential to bring real time, high-capacity communications capability to our satellite customers.”
The MOU provides for the companies to ensure the compatibility of SpaceLink communications terminals with the Gilmour space platform and to share technical and business information to support Gilmour’s implementation of SpaceLink’s communications services and extend the communications capabilities to Gilmour’s customers.
The goal of the agreement is to negotiate a definitive contract, and explore further contracts for launch services later this year.