Tue. Sep 26th, 2023
Satellite Operators Face Growing Signal Interference Issue

Satellite operators in the space industry are encountering a problem of signal interference as the number of satellites orbiting the Earth increases. This interference arises when multiple satellites communicate in the same frequency band, causing coordination challenges and potential disruptions in communication. To tackle this issue, Magnestar, a startup founded by Jacqueline Good, has developed a software platform called 24/7x.

Magnestar’s 24/7x software platform aims to address the problem of satellite signal interference by conducting interference simulations and running specific calculations to ensure a clean radio frequency (RF) environment. The software is integrated into a “peer-to-peer” operator sandbox, allowing operators to communicate and exchange data in a standardized and autonomous manner.

The platform enables operators to complete coordination directly within the sandbox, streamlining the process and saving time. It can perform ten times more simulations compared to existing technologies, providing operators with a more accurate understanding of the RF environment and potential interference issues.

In addition to interference simulations, 24/7x also provides a cataloging feature for coordination agreements. This helps companies manage and adhere to their agreements, ensuring better coordination and compliance. As coordination improves, companies will have the opportunity to share spectrum dynamically, potentially creating a marketplace for spectrum exchange.

The long-term vision for 24/7x is to become the industry-wide standard for interference management. By providing a comprehensive solution for interference management, the platform supports the industry’s expansion as the number of satellites continues to grow exponentially.

The current coordination process between satellite operators is time-consuming and costly. Operators must enter into agreements with one another to limit interference, but there is no effective way to ensure compliance with these agreements. Regulators and operators are overwhelmed with the task of modeling, simulating, and tracking interference, using inadequate tools for the scale of the problem.

Overall, Magnestar’s 24/7x software platform shows great promise in mitigating the growing issue of satellite signal interference in the space industry.