Riedel Enhances Interstellar’s Space Launch With Reliable Comms And Video Transmission Solutions

Riedel provides clear, reliable communications and low-latency, high-quality 4K video transmission for Interstellar Technologies launch operations.

Riedel Communications has announced its collaboration with Interstellar Technologies, a pioneering space transportation company based in Hokkaido, Japan, to overcome communication and video transmission challenges in its operations.  Riedel provided Interstellar with a clear, reliable communication system for its staff as well as an IP video system that significantly reduces delay and improves image quality for the facility’s 4K cameras — allowing the ongoing development of Interstellar’s next-generation small satellite launch vehicle ZERO to continue without a hitch.

Interstellar faced significant communication delays using traditional digital radios at its two main facilities — the command center and the combustion test and launch site — both of which are crucial for monitoring and launching commercial rockets. Additionally, the need for a high-quality, low-latency video system was paramount with the upcoming launch of the first Rocket ZERO. Upon learning about Riedel's success in providing solutions for Formula One, Interstellar‘s R&D department reached out to Riedel's sales partner in Japan, Otaritec Corporation. Together with Riedel Communications Japan, Otaritec developed a tailored solution to meet Interstellar's needs.

The solution included the installation of an Artist-1024 digital matrix intercom, eight RSP-1216HL Hybrid Lever Key SmartPanels, and one Bolero antenna at the command center, along with two Bolero antennas and six beltpacks at the combustion test and launch sites. For video transmission, 12 MediorNet IP FusioN 6B devices using the JPEG XS video coding standard were installed, enabling lightly compressed, high-quality video with low latency between sites. The updated system has significantly improved communication and video transmission, ensuring smooth operations between the command post and the test site as staff members move about. The Bolero system has been particularly well-received by Interstellar staff for its ease of use and operability, enabling team members to monitor the development of commercial rockets via constant, accurate, and crystal-clear communication.

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