Antaris, a software-defined satellite platform, has partnered with Penang government-linked company Digital Penang on the development of capability and capacity building of the local electrical and electronic (E&E) ecosystem for the space technology supply chain. The agreement was made via an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing.
The objective of this collaboration is to facilitate satellite operators/mission owners to readily access the Antaris SaaS for designing, building, and managing their satellites, according to a statement.
The MoU will also provide Antaris Marketplace listing for Penang based qualified suppliers to access local and global demand and will broaden the ecosystem through open-source led partnerships and training.
Antaris’ Co-Founder and Chief Product and Revenue Officer Shankar Sivaprakasam commented that it was “a privilege to be working with Digital Penang to bring the existing E&E supply chain participants and new entrants to the space sector which will contribute to the state’s and national space economy.”
Adding to that, Digital Penang CEO Tony Yeoh mentioned how Penang is also known as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East’, and has so far been deeply focused on medical-tech and EE supply chain. “This partnership opportunity leverages our engineering prowess to extend into the next fastest-growing adjacent sector in the space technology supply chain.”
The Silicon Valley-based space startup is also set to launch a 6U CubeSat demonstrator satellite with multiple customer demonstrator payloads in the third quarter of 2022 on an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launch vehicle to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The launch, will space qualify (high TRL) Antaris software-defined satellite platform and the payloads.