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Aurora Propulsion Technologies engages RBC Signals for global ground services

(14 October 2020 - RBC Signals) RBC Signals today announced Aurora Propulsion Technologies has engaged the company for satellite communication services.

The agreement gives Aurora Propulsion Technologies access to the RBC Signals global ground station network in support of its impending AuroraSat-1 mission.

Based in Espoo, Finland, Aurora Propulsion Technologies specializes in creating scalable solutions and services for the small spacecraft movement and lifecycle control. The company’s AuroraSat-1 mission is a cubesat demonstration mission and co-development project with SatRevolution which will provide proof of concept for attitude and orientation control. In addition, the satellite will also demonstrate Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ Plasma Brake technology for satellite de-orbiting. The satellite is scheduled to launch in December 2020 onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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(courtesy: Aurora Propulsion Technologies)

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(courtesy: Aurora Propulsion Technologies)

“RBC Signals is proud to provide space communications support to Aurora Propulsion Technologies for their upcoming AuroraSat-1 mission,” says Christopher Richins, CEO of RBC Signals. “This is an exciting demonstration mission to support with our global network.”

"The RBC Signals offering is both a flexible and cost-effective means for us to easily communicate with AuroraSat-1,” says Perttu Yli-Opas, CTO with Aurora Propulsion Technologies. "We are happy to be able to rely on experts for these services so we can focus our attention on other key aspects of the mission.”

About RBC Signals

RBC Signals is a leading global space communications provider serving government and commercial satellite operators with an improved model for the delivery and processing of data from spacecraft in orbit. The company’s worldwide communication network includes both company-owned and partner-owned antennas, capitalizing on the sharing economy model, for best-in-class services offering affordability, flexibility and low latency.

About Aurora Propulsion Technologies

Aurora Propulsion Technologies’ mission is to ensure sustainable use of space, whilst prolonging the useful lifespan of satellites. The company’s technologies enable effective and prompt implementation of satellite position and orientation to ensure successful execution and growth for the owners’ business. The long-term mission goal is to restart deep space exploration with microsatellite-sized probes using revolutionary means of propulsion, an electric sail.