This research project, that is partially funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, intends to launch a test satellite that will make way for a future constellation to provide a next generation VDES service. The first cutting-edge satellite is part of a collaborative project AOS, a brand born from a partnership between AAC Clyde Space, ORBCOMM and Saab.
Ymir-1 will carry a Saab VDES payload for two-way communication between satellite and ground and ORBCOMM will integrate the data in the firm’s distribution center for maritime communications.
The goal of the consortium is to create a global, maritime communication network that enables ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication everywhere around the globe. Together, they are developing the nexgen of space based VDES. The addition of a space-based capability will increase VDES range from the shoreline to anywhere in the ocean, converting what is currently a predominantly coastal system into a global maritime system.
“We look forward to welcoming the Swedish Transport Administration this month to showcase our ready to launch smart satellite but also the development of the next generation of space based VDES. This In Orbit Demonstration satellite will provide proof of concept of a space-based capability that will increase VDES range from the shoreline to anywhere in the ocean, converting what is currently a predominantly coastal system into a global maritime system. VDES will increase maritime safety and contribute to a greener shipping industry, that will improve life on Earth.” — AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.
“We are grateful for the support of funding from the Swedish Transport Administration on the development of space based VDES. Saab’s aim is to enhance a selection of existing products and to make use of space capabilities for the benefit of our customers and users. Saab’s R6 Supreme AIS/VDES ship-transponders will provide functionality to the next generation of global maritime communication services based on a VHF VDES. The Ymir-1 launch will complement this, by supporting the development of our space-based VDES, and by that create a foundation for a global maritime communication network beyond the horizon,” — Head of Transpondertech at Saab Johanna Gustafsson