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27th of May 2021
Quasar Satellite Technologies
Over the next decade, it is anticipated over 50,000 satellites will be launched worldwide to support a surge in demand for space-derived data, from environmental monitoring such as bushfires and floods, to connecting to sensors on 'Internet of Things' networks. However, as present-day ground stations typically track one satellite at a time, the resulting heavy congestion is expected to limit the potential of satellites and the downstream industries they support. Launched earlier this month, space startup Quasar Satellite Technologies is set to revolutionise space communication, allowing ground stations to talk to hundreds of satellites at once using technology developed by CSIRO. The startup is backed by $12 million in funding, technology and industry expertise from CSIRO, Main Sequence, the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, and Australian companies Vocus, Saber Astronautics, Fleet Space Technologies, and Clearbox Systems. Quasar will offer the technology 'as a service', enabling commercial and public sector partners to access data from satellites in low, medium and geostationary orbit from anywhere in the world, in the same way many cloud computing services work today.

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