Press Releases

sci_Zone and the LinkStar Radio System selected in TWO categories for the AFWERX EngageSpace!

AFWERX Engage Space Is The Premier Event For The Space Industry.        Holland, Michigan, September 28, 2020 —

sci_Zone and the LinkStar Radio System  technology were selected to support Air Force comprehensive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) functions and multilayer communications.

AFWERX_ENGAGESPACE_LOGO.png

Details...

AFWERX, the catalyst for fostering innovation within the U.S. Air Force, announced sci_Zone as one of the 178 top participating teams selected from The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative to exhibit at EngageSpace, a two-day virtual event on September 29-30.

The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative is made up of four challenges targeted at creating integrated space operations leveraging the best in technology while maintaining security, being resilient and increasing agility. Four challenges were run concurrently focused on separate topics – Persistent ISR, DoD Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

 

Located in Holland Michigan, sci_Zone is competing in the DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge alongside a diverse group of teams that represent entrepreneurial startups, small businesses, large enterprises, academic institutions and research labs.

“The solutions submitted for these space challenges represent the bleeding edge of space innovation,” stated Brennan Townley, AFWERX Challenge Collaboration Lead. “We’re excited to highlight these innovators and connect them with opportunities across the Space ecosystem.”

 

The DoD Commercial Space Partnerships Challenge strives to identify cutting-edge commercial satellite technology and uncover new payload ideas, designs, and prototypes to expand the DoD's capabilities.

 

LinkStar-TRK is a satellite radio system with integrated embedded computer and GPS with power backup capability that provides Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance functions plus can monitor the health and status of any payload and satellite. Data is transmitted to the ground in 200ms from over 95% of Low Earth Orbit, and can be viewed via a browser, mobile device or tablet. LinkStar-TRK is flight proven, can be rapidly customized and deployed to meet our customer’s needs.

The EngageSpace event will feature highly engaging opportunities to connect, educate and innovate with other like-minded attendees, industry leaders, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as military and government leaders. The entire event is designed to transform and accelerate the industry, and enable government buyers to pursue the most promising innovative solutions to the most pressing and threatening Space scenarios.

 

Register for the EngageSpace event by visiting https://engage.space

“sci_Zone, Inc. is an innovative company contributing to the diversification of Michigan’s economy and the creation of new jobs. The development of LinkStar-TRK, a global communications and flight system with rapid tracking and situational awareness, is an important enabling technology that is valued by the state of Michigan.” —  J. D. Collins, State Director, Michigan Small Business Development Center

ABOUT sci_Zone

sci_Zone, Inc is a technology company focused on developing revolutionary “Internet of Things” and communications systems for satellites, aircraft and ground vehicles. sci_Zone, Inc. is an authorized reseller of Globalstar based products and data services, and a developer of a range of embedded systems and software applications. sci_Zone’s LinkStar radio systems are used in a range of platforms including satellites, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), ground assets, and ground vehicles. For more information visit www.sci-zone.com.

Contact: Andrew Santangelo, sci_Zone

Phone:    (505) 205-8315

Email:      andrew_santangelo@sci-zone.com

###

 

ABOUT AFWERX

Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.

 

Fast Company named AFWERX Best Workplaces for Innovators on the 2020 List, honoring the top 100 businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. AFWERX, U.S. Air Force’s innovation arm and catalyst for fostering innovation within the Air Force, came in at #16 ranking in the top 20 alongside brands such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. Preview the live announcement with Stephanie Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company, unveiled during the AFWERX Fusion 2020 Base of the Future Event & Showcase.

 

Media Contacts:

Tracy Skenandore / Makenzie Coombs

AFWERX@kirvindoak.com

LinkStar selected for the Air Force "Base Of The Future"!

A Complete Radio System For Satellite Communications, Tracking and Management for CubeSats.     Holland, Michigan, July 27, 2020 —

sci_Zone and the LinkStar Radio System  was selected to create robust and

resilient Air Force bases that can withstand natural disasters and supply shortages with minimal loss of power, structure and operations.

BaseOfTheFutureIcon.png

Details...

LinkStar-STX3 and -STX3-PC104 are satellite radio systems with integrated embedded computer, GPS, with battery/solar panel backup capability to monitor the health and situation of any system on the ground, in the air and in space. Messages can be transmitted through our satellite network to a secure cloud in seconds alerting of downed systems, potential failures, and attacks and can be used to report the nature of the condition.  Information can be viewed via a web interface, mobile device and tablet.

The user can configure what to monitor, where the data is collected from (I2C, RS232, RS422, Ethernet, etc.), and what to transmit.  The unit can be configured to broadcast health checks, faults, alerts and events.  With our artificial intelligence add on module, you can configure the LinkStar-STX3 to monitor conditions and situational awareness in addition to providing Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) functions. The LinkStar-STX3 can fit in one’s hand.

 

The LinkStar-STX3 radio system can operate as an isolated system, communicating through the Globalstar satellite constellation instantly where the message is relayed to the secure cloud environment in less than 200ms. As a secondary option the operator can also allow messaging and control via secure cellular, ethernet and/or wifi link.  The system is flexible to use on a range of other satellite networks, plus integrate with our high speed satellite radio add-on module providing secure full duplex communications.  Even when networks are down, power is lost, cell towers out or beyond line of site, or communications systems compromised messages can still be transmitted through our secure satellite link to the secure cloud based servers.

 

What is the value of the Linkstar-STX3 to the Air Force?

 

The LinkStar-STX3 is a resilient communications and health monitoring and asset tracking system.  Messages are transmitted securely through our satellite network to our or the customer’s secure servers.   LinkStar-STX3 modules, which can fit in the palm of the hand, can be attached to a range of assets, such as power transformers, sensors on border walls and perimeter fences, solar panels, wind turbines, fuel tanks and storage containers.  The LinkStar-STX3 can be used to monitor incursions on the perimeter, downed power lines, fuel tank status and the health of a range of assets.  With the add-on machine learning tools, the LinkStar-STX3 can be trained to detect and discern sounds such as gun fire, explosions or aircraft sounds and report what was detected back to the control center.  An added level of situational awareness can be added to a base both at home and in the field If a natural disaster strikes an Air Force Base, such as Tyndall Air Force Base,  or a base in the field is under attack, messages will still get through our satellite network. The Air Force will have total situational awareness of assets allowing the Air Force to build a complete picture.  The data from the distributed LinkStar-STX systems can be integrated into a larger artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) environment to monitor the state of the base’s infrastructure.  Failures and incursions can potentially be detected before they occur.

An additional value to the Air Force is the LinkStar-STX3 is a proven system – it has been tested on a range of government and commercial assets on the ground, on the water, in the air and in space. 

 

As a matter of fact a LinkStar-STX3 is going in space next month on an Air Force mission! Finally,  The LinkStar-STX3 has been certified by the FCC Part 15A and Modular Part 25 and by Globalstar through their extensive test program and is ready for immediate use today!

Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.

sci_Zone, Inc is a technology company focused on developing revolutionary “Internet of Things” and communications systems for satellites, aircraft and ground vehicles. sci_Zone, Inc. is an authorized reseller of Globalstar based products and data services, and a developer of a range of embedded systems based on Globalstar’s product offering. sci_Zone’s products utilize Globalstar modems in a range of platforms including satellites, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), and ground vehicles. sci_Zone works closely with Globalstar team members, and when necessary assists with beta testing. For more information visit www.sci-zone.com.

Contact: Andrew Santangelo, sci_Zone

Phone:    (505) 205-8315

Email:      andrew_santangelo@sci-zone.com

sci_Zone Announces The LinkStar-STX3-PC104

A Complete Radio System For Satellite Communications, Tracking and Management for CubeSats.     Holland, Michigan, June 1, 2019 —

The LinkStar-STX3-PC104 Satellite Radio System is HERE! The LinkStar-STX3-PC104 is the next generation of the Simplex Radios powered by Globalstar, the world’s most modern satellite network. The LinkStar-STX3-PC104 is a complete radio system that supports the standard CubeSat bus.

LinkStarPC104.jpg

Details...

The LinkStar-STX3-PC104 system can be used “as is” for satellite location and tracking services. The LinkStar- STX3-PC104 allows customers to track their satellites globally with the integrated NovAtel OEM719 GPS for space.  The radio system communicates through the Globalstar network global messaging service - customers will be able to receive messages from their satellite from almost anywhere in Low Earth Orbit without the need of a ground station.  The LinkStar-STX3-PC104 is 100% compatible with the CubeSat bus architecture providing a truly "plug and play" capability. Add it to the "stack" of the cube sat, apply power and it will immediately communicate to our cloud based services.  It is that easy!

 

Besides satellites the LinkStar-STX3-PC104 can be easily adapted to collect data from aircraft, high altitude balloons and remote ground sensors monitoring data such as weather parameters, vehicle  and equipment health, and experimental data. Customers can use the LinkStar-STX3-PC104 immediately for their project or use it as a platform to develop new “Internet of Things” applications and track through a web browser or mobile device.

Up coming space missions include Neutron-1 with Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, TRYAD with Auburn University, CaNOP with Carthage College, and many others.

Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.

sci_Zone, Inc is a technology company focused on developing revolutionary “Internet of Things” and communications systems for satellites, aircraft and ground vehicles. sci_Zone, Inc. is an authorized reseller of Globalstar based products and data services, and a developer of a range of embedded systems based on Globalstar’s product offering. sci_Zone’s products utilize Globalstar modems in a range of platforms including satellites, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), and ground vehicles. sci_Zone works closely with Globalstar team members, and when necessary assists with beta testing. For more information visit www.sci-zone.com.

Contact: Andrew Santangelo, sci_Zone

Phone:    (505) 205-8315

Email:      andrew_santangelo@sci-zone.com

LinkStar-STX3 Radio System Certified By Globalstar

A Flexible Radio-Computer Architecture for use on the Ground, Air and Space.

Holland, Michigan, July 25, 2018 —

The LinkStar-STX3, a radio tracking and computer system, developed by sci_Zone, Inc. a West Michigan based Company, was certified by Globalstar, Inc.(NYSE American: GSAT) for use on its mobile satellite communications network. The LinkStar-STX3 is the only STX3 radio module based development platform certified for use with a range of antenna options.

LinkStar-Stx3 radio in action.jpg

Details...

The LinkStar-STX3 system can be used “as is” for location and tracking services. The LinkStar- STX3 can be easily adapted to collect data, such as weather, vehicle, equipment, and experimental data. Customers can use the LinkStar-STX3 immediately for their project or use it as a platform to develop new “Internet of Things” applications and track through a web browser or mobile device.

Current applications include automotive and watercraft monitoring and tracking, field use in the oil industry, homeland security, and “CubeSat” (small satellite) telemetry, tracking and control. Up coming space missions include Neutron-1 with Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, TRYAD with Auburn University, CaNOP with Carthage College, and many other missions.

Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.

sci_Zone, Inc is a technology company focused on developing revolutionary “Internet of Things” and communications systems for satellites, aircraft and ground vehicles. sci_Zone, Inc. is an authorized reseller of Globalstar based products and data services, and a developer of a range of embedded systems based on Globalstar’s product offering. sci_Zone’s products utilize Globalstar modems in a range of platforms including satellites, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), and ground vehicles. sci_Zone works closely with Globalstar team members, and when necessary assists with beta testing. For more information visit www.sci-zone.com.

Contact: Andrew Santangelo, sci_Zone

Phone:    (505) 205-8315

Email:      andrew_santangelo@sci-zone.com