The cutting-edge VDES CubeSat, Ymir-1, has been delivered to the Vandenberg Space Force base in California for launch integration for a planned launch in November 2023.
Designed and built by AAC Clyde Space this flight proven EPIC LINK communications satellite hosts a Saab VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) payload for two-way communication between satellite and ground.
The satellite is part of the collaborative AOS project, a project that is developing the next generation of space based VDES, bringing together AAC Clyde Space, Orbcomm and Saab.
The use of VDES provides much needed improvements to current AIS-based Vessel Traffic Services (VTS). With up to 32 times more bandwidth than AIS, VDES will enable a broader array of applications in maritime surveillance, encrypted communications, fishery, logistics, search and rescue and marine integrated applications. By adding space-based capability to VDES, the use of the system is extended from the shoreline to anywhere in the ocean.
“Our first Swedish built satellite is now ready to launch! The Ymir-1 satellite will play a critical role in improving safety at sea, while helping to reduce the environmental impact of ships – a critical step to make the shipping industry greener”, says AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.
The research project, that is partially funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, intendeds to launch a test satellite which will make way for a future constellation to provide a next generation VDES service.