Japanese startup raises $7.3 million for smallsat antenna sharing service

Infostellar, a Tokyo startup creating a service that lets smallsat operators tap into ground stations around the world, has raised $7.3 million from a team that includes the early-stage investor arms of Airbus and Sony.

“In general, the market price for [X- and S-band] dish antennas is about $200 to $500 per pass. We will bring the price down. For UHF there is no solid market price, but it seems $50 to $100 per pass is about average. And again we will bring prices down,” she said.

Over the next 12 months, Infostellar would like its network to encompass 20 partner ground stations, Kurahara said.