Cloud-Based Mission Control

In this episode we speak with Tyler Browder, CEO and founder of Kubos, a satellite software company. Tyler joins us to discuss how their company’s cloud-based mission control platform, Major Tom, helps operators take care of every aspect of a satellite’s flight software, from mission design and onboard software to hardware testing and mission operations in the cloud.

Major Tom, which uses Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR), and Amazon Route 53 to power its cloud-based mission control solution, will gives Kubos customers seamless control of their satellites through AWS Ground Station’s fully managed ground station as a service.

The wide-scale adoption of Major Tom by global customers with vastly different needs has been driven by a quickly changing space environment with lower and lower barriers to entry. Missions running on the software range from picosatellites, which are less than 1kg, through traditional-sized satellites and from small with a single satellite to full-scale constellations. Major Tom users, regardless of mission profile, will can add AWS Ground Station to their mission control.

Major Tom gives customers a modern interface that scales with the size of their mission and offers the ability to choose from multiple ground station networks without leaving the web application. Traditionally, mission control had to send emails or use multiple systems to schedule contact time with their spacecraft – neither of which met modern needs or budget constraints. Today, scheduling contacts can be done via a web browser with Major Tom and new ground station network providers can be easily added.

About Kubos

Kubos is a satellite software company that focuses on providing cloud technologies to the satellite industry through their mission control platform, Major Tom. Major Tom is a unified cloud platform to integrate and control ground segment applications and services, through out-of-the-box integrations, data analytics, real-time dashboards and a customizable commanding API. Customers have complete visibility and control across the entire space and ground segment. Kubos was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon with remote employees across the US. Visit kubos.com for more information.

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