Canadian firm to launch 78-satellite ‘constellation’ for global backhaul

Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI), a Canadian satellite manufacturer, has announced an ambitious plan called “COMMStellation,” a polar communications “constellation” comprised of 78 microsatellites that will orbit the Earth at 1,000 km, providing backhaul capacity while connecting remote regions to the Internet.


Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI), a Canadian satellite manufacturer, has announced an ambitious plan called “COMMStellation,” a polar communications “constellation” comprised of 78 microsatellites that will orbit the Earth at 1,000 km, providing backhaul capacity while connecting remote regions to the Internet.

MSCI’s (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) microsatellites orbit at 1,000 km above the Earth, according to MSCI, an orbit eight times closer to the customer. The company claims COMMStellation will provide over five times the data bandwidth density, even at the equator, for the same satellite output, and all for hundreds of millions less cost. MSCI also expects COMMStellation to provide 1/8 the data latency, ten times the total capacity, and potentially provide bandwidth to any of Earth’s 6.9 billion people.

Although no specific partnerships have yet been revealed, MSCI claims to be partnering with some of the top global leaders in satellite communications technology to provide the antenna payload and to integrate with MSCI`s Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus (MMMB) architecture.

MSCI says they will continue to discuss partnerships with other companies with complementary interests. “We are looking for service providers who want to improve service to their customers, technology partners who can bring complementary technologies to the COMMStellation initiative, military or industrial leaders who are looking for strategic communications to and from remote areas, and governments that want to improve the lives of all citizens – not only those who live in well served urban areas,” said David R. Cooper, President and CEO of MSCI.