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November 4th, 2016

Multiple Signals Over Multiple Frequencies Has Vector Space Systems Engaging With ATLAS Space Operations

Designed for communications with LEO and deep space missions, and capable of rapid deployment anywhere around the globe, ATLAS Space Operation's ATLAS LINKS™ arrays will simultaneously track signals over multiple frequencies, effectively eliminating high civil engineering costs associated with the installation of other systems that require expensive antennae and pedestals—and that's good news for Vector Space Systems.

Satellite ground architecture and data services will support Vector Space Systems' launch operations from the ground and  on orbit, transforming satellite telemetry tracking and command systems (TT&C) and ground operations for space startups. The company, with a focus on smallsat technologies, is comprised of veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas and Sea Launch, has now finalized a strategic partnership with the aforementioned ATLAS Space Operations to seamlessly integrate their ATLAS network of capabilities into Vector's existing product offerings.

This technology inclusion will enable Vector to provide a space-to-ground comms network from the Galactic Sky division to their customers through ATLAS LINK, which, according to the firm, is the world's first mobile, rapidly deployable and electronically steerable RF ground system array.

Built around the ATLAS Freedom™ Platform, ATLAS' proprietary cloud-based solutions employs an advanced combination of ATLAS-owned and cooperative antennas that provide customers with more affordable UHF, S-, X-, and Ka-band coverage, as well as TT&C, offering faster, stronger, and more reliable connectivity at a fraction of the current cost.

According to Jim Cantrell, the CEO and Co-Founder of Vector Space Systems, the company's mission to bring affordable and reliable launches for accessing space has never been more critical and, in partnership with ATLAS, we look forward to equipping entrepreneurs with the resources they need to innovate. The integration of the ATLAS Satellite Ground Network's capabilities into Vector Space Systems' Galactic Sky division capabilities will continue the firm's advance toward an all-encompassing satellite offering for customers.

Adding his thoughts was Sean McDaniel, the CEO of ATLAS Space Operations, who stated that satellite TT&C and ground operations are often the most expensive and difficult to find assets for space innovators. Joining forces with Vector will help to bring the first unique offering to the market combining satellite TT&C and micro satellite launch operations at a price point never before thought possible.