Anuvu plans to launch a constellation of eight small satellites in Geostationary Orbit in a partnership with Astranis announced in 2021.
Anuvu has announced it will lease new antennas and ground-station infrastructure from Telesat to support the development of the Anuvu Constellation.
The facilities will support the Tracking, Telemetry and Control (TT&C) of Anuvus first two MicroGEO satellites built by Astranis Space Technologies Corp. Anuvu and Astranis remain on track to launch the first two satellites for the Constellation in mid-2023, with entry into commercial service by year-end.
The new Telesat-managed antennas and ground-station infrastructure will enable Anuvus satellite operations from Telesats flagship Allan Park, Ontario teleport, with fully redundant operations at its Calgary, Alberta teleport. Telesat will equip each site with new 9-meter Ku-band and 9.2-meter Ka-band antennas as a gateway for inflight connectivity and maritime services, connecting to Anuvus co-located Dedicated Space hub infrastructure in a 24/7 managed carrier-class environment, with redundant fiber connectivity to internet Points of Presence.
Commenting on the deal, Tim Southard, Anuvu VP of Networks, said: “The newly-built, state-of-the-art antennas at diverse locations within Canada allow us to maximize the capacity available to our US and Caribbean customers, reducing latency with shorter paths to the Internet and offering increased network resiliency. Our new software-defined radio architecture provides unmatched flexibility in allocating satellite capacity and power to meet the rapidly evolving demands of our mobility customers. Anuvus partnership with Telesat will allow us to continue a superior connectivity experience.”
This new agreement further strengthens Anuvu and Telesats long-standing relationship for geostationary orbit satellite capacity. Additionally, Anuvus new tracking antennas in Allan Park will be adjacent to the Telesat Lightspeed low-earth orbit landing station, providing additional synergies as Anuvu implements its multi-orbit, multi-frequency service strategy.
Philippe Schleret, Vice President of Aviation for Telesat, added: “Telesats proven 54 years of regulatory expertise and teleport operations brings unmatched reach, flexibility and resiliency to the Anuvu Constellation and ensures travellers access to the smoothest, highest-capacity connectivity experience available. We are proud to continue to build on our longtime partnership with Anuvu to enable the seamless transition to LEO for the global mobility market.”