Fleet Space Technologies has expanded its global footprint with its acquisition of rights to new long-term frequency filings in Europe. In its first commercial venture on the continent, Fleet has purchased the frequency of assets of a Luxembourg-based company, giving it effective operational control over an existing frequency filing, adding to its already substantial holding of these mission-critical assets.
A filing provides a claim over spectrum and orbital resources for satellite networks with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN). Fleet’s newly acquired filing rights have good seniority which means they take priority over those submitted more recently. The filings have been brought into use, so Fleet will be able to utilise the new frequencies indefinitely as long as it maintains a satellite in orbit capable of using them.
The rapid growth in the global small-satellite industry and low earth orbit (LEO) constellations like Fleet’s has put increasing pressure on the limited radio frequency spectrum available for data transmission. The ITU frequency filing system is designed to support coordination among satellite operators and prevent interference between spacecraft using the shared resources.
In this context, the new frequency filings help secure Fleet’s access to uplink and downlink resources in the targeted frequency band, maximising service availability to its satellite customers worldwide. Having a presence in Europe will also stimulate the recruitment and exchange of highly skilled talent between Europe and Australia, and further improve established relationships with the European Space Agency (ESA).
The requirement to incorporate assets from other companies leaving the industry is driven by sustained growth for Fleet across a multitude of sectors. This includes, signing long-term satellite aided critical earth transition mineral agreements with some of the world’s largest and most innovative miners. Fleet also confirmed its first defence contract in April 2023, signing a AUD$6.4m contract with Australia’s Defense Space Command, a Series C funding round of $50M in May and was recently awarded A$4M Demonstrator Program contract by the Australian Space Agency to harness seismic data at Moon’s South Pole.This key strategic acquisition will underpin further growth.