Start-up LeoSat Enterprises, Inc, is a planned constellation of satellites to provide a unique solution for data communications in challenging Polar Regions of the world. The constellation will provide high-speed, low-latency and highly secure communications and bandwidth for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Oil and Gas exploration, Maritime and international business markets.

The constallation is designed to consist of 78 to 108 satellites in 1,400km orbit. The total estimated cost of the project is 3 to 3.1billion euro (3.5 to 3.6 billion USD). LeoSat is currently working with satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space for the built and launch of the low-earth-orbit constellation of the Ka-band communications satellites.

With the ever-growing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world there is an increasing interest in the major performance advantages of communications networks in low earth orbit (LEO). The unique features of LeoSat’s system can be used for a number of applications, for example to provide 4G and 5G satellite backhaul for the cellular industry, give banks secured networks with their foreign offices, provide enormous uploading bandwidth required for energy and maritime operations, deliver critical back up for emergency communications and enable Internet access and connectivity for remote communities.

The high-throughput satellites (HTS) will be interconnected through laser links, effectively creating an optical backbone in space, which is about 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber backbones. Once operational, the constellation will provide a highly secure communications infrastructure for business operations in the telecom backhaul, Energy, Maritime, Government and international business markets.

Each satellite in the LeoSat constellation supports:

-  10 Ka-band steerable user antennas, each of which is capable of providing customer terminals with between 50 Mbps and 1.6 Gbps of symmetrical data connectivity
-   Two steerable gateway antennas, capable of an aggregated throughput of up to 10 Gbps (which can also be used for customer traffic when not over a gateway)
-   4 optical inter-satellite links

For 2019 the launch of two Early Birds offering GigaByte Store & Forward Services is planned. Beginning in 2020 the Constellation will be put into orbit, offering real-time point-to-point coverage growing from the Earth’s Poles to the equator upon completion. In 2021 full worldwide service available is planned.

LeoSat Enterprises was established in 2013 by Cliff Anders and Phil Marlar two former Schlumberger (merged with Harris Corporation) executives with direct experience of the challenges of business data transportation. Realizing that the solution they were developing would also be perfectly suited to a number of vertical markets (Enterprise, Finance and Government), LeoSat was formed to leverage proven satellite communications technology which would be deployed in a unique way to develop a new low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellation providing a truly global, enterprise grade, high-speed and secure data network.

Watch the LeoSat introduction video  and LeoSat: Taking your network into space on YouTube.

In 2016 LeoSat and US-based developer of leading, enterprise-grade electronically-steered antenna (ESA) systems, Phasor, announced a strategic agreement to serve a broad range of mission-critical enterprise network markets with an ultra-high throughput, low latency network infrastructure solution.

Phasor is a leading developer of high throughput, enterprise-grade, modular phased array antennas, headquartered in Washington DC, with a technology development subsidiary in the UK. Phasor’s electronically steerable antennas are based on patented innovations in dynamic beam forming technologies and system architecture. Phasor’s mission is to enable high-speed broadband communications while in-flight, at sea or travelling over land.

As part of the collaborative alliance, Phasor will develop a powerful Ka-band, Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) –ready version of its breakthrough low-profile antenna, scalable to virtually any use-case requirement.

In December 2016 LeoSat entered into a strategic agreement with the Globalsat Group, the leading Pan-American satellite services provider, to market their fast, most secure and widest coverage HTS data network in the world.

Globalsat is a consortium of companies providing Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) in Latin America since 1999 and has offices in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico as well as distributors in the region’s most important cities. Delivered solutions span all MSS service areas including land, sea and air, serving mobile satellite data and voice for thousands of customers in sectors such as Defense, Government, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Banking, Media, Agriculture, NGOs and Tourism.

In May 2017, Japan-based SKY Perfect JSAT satellite operator agreed to invest in LeoSat. With this agreement, SKY Perfect JSAT will be the first Asian satellite operator to pursue the development of low earth orbit capabilities utilizing inter-satellite laser links to create an optical backbone in space, providing fiber-like low-latency and gigabit per second data delivery.

In July 2017 LeoSat established its first European office in The Hague in The Netherlands and hired Mark Rigolle as CEO of LeoSat having previously worked as CEO of O3B Networks (SES) from February 2010 to March 2011. Rigolle served as CFO of SES from July 2004 to February 2010. He joined SES Global from Belgacom, where he held various positions in the Financial and Strategic Areas as Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer and CFO. Rigolle is also co-founder of Kacific Broadband Satellites, a promising satellite-broadband-to-the-home start-up.

In July 2018 LeoSat and Spanish Satellite Operator HispaSat signed a strategic investment agreement to invest in LeoSat. With this agreement HispaSat joins SKY Perfect JSAT in the growing trend for satellite operators to future-proof their communication solutions through the development of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) capabilities.

Mid 2019 HispaSat and SKY Perfect JSAT announced that they did not wish to expand their existing investments.  LeoSat had to lay-off all 13 employees including Rigolle and suspended operations. LeoSat still exists as a legal entity and their founders are still seeking for new funding.

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