What is Kubos GPP?

A program that ensures the highest levels of quality and security for cloud based satellite operations with Major Tom

Together with Certified Partners, Kubos has created a network that offers a seamless transition through all stages of a satellite's lifecycle.

Kubos has developed Gateways for the Major Tom Command and Control (C2) product; universal interfaces for integration to allow customers to operate their spacecraft from any ground station. Gateways handle the machine-to-machine interface to each unique ground network. i.e. the ground network can be controlled seamlessly from within the Major Tom UI via the Gateway. Kubos and Partners have handled all aspects of ground station C2 software integration so that the customer can focus on their mission.

GPP Certified Partners, who have different interfaces, protocols, and processes, benefit from exposure to the full spectrum of missions using Major Tom for their day-to-day operations. 

Who can participate?

Certified Partners Are

Ground Station Hardware, Ground Station Network, and Simulation infrastructure providers that wish to expose their products and services to the ecosystem of modern, cloud-based satellite operations led by Major Tom. 

Kubos has developed a Gateway Certification Test (GCT) that certifies the quality, security, and performance of a Partner’s Gateway. The GCT assesses that a Gateway:

  • Securely encrypts data to all external end points (including Major Tom) over HTTPS, and validates SSL certificates
  • Routes uplinked Commands from Major Tom to a Satellite via a Ground Station or Ground Station Network
  • Routes downlinked Telemetry to Major Tom through the Measurements API
  • Properly validates and handles all command lifecycle states
  • Implements incremental progress states for preparing and uplinking commands to a Satellite
  • Supports all WebSocket message types sent from Major Tom
  • Supports both uplink and downlink of files through the File Transfer API
  • Follows all recommended error recovery and data handling practices as outlined in the Major Tom Gateway API documentation

Partner certification also includes alignment with Kubos on best-practice coding standards and a DevOps operations philosophy.

GPP Certified Patch

Why become a Partner?

Partners get

  • Better quality and more extensive exposure to customers at earlier stages in the customer lifecycle
  • Easier sell with a Certified end-to-end solution
  • No infrastructure investment required for C2 -- Major Tom is cloud-based

Customers value

  • Access to a global network of certified and pre-integrated ground network providers
  • No RF or embedded engineering required (integration of the ground infrastructure stack is already complete)
  • Reduced NRE required for an integrated COTS end-to-end ground solution (lower up-front investment)
  • Ease of purchase, instant implementation of Major Tom and rapid integration with network partners
  • A huge head-start compared to reading an ICD and starting to code their own integration from scratch 
  • Reduced execution risk

Meet our Partners

Kubos GPP partners offer best-in-class ground station networks

Companies across the spectrum - from small antennas for CubeSat LEO missions, to Tier 1 to Prime providers of GEO and interplanetary services. GPP Partners offer a variety of signal bands and follow rigorous security protocols to safeguard against intrusion as well as to certify for regulatory bodies. GPP offers both US-only (as needed by US export-controlled customers) and international options for mission operators. 

Our Kubos Gateway was easy to develop in python and simple to integrate into Major Tom thanks to the sample Gateways provided by Kubos’ highly responsive team. ATLAS customers now have a simple, clean UI to connect to the ATLAS Freedom API, which enables them to hit the ground running on day one!

Brad Bode

Brad Bode ATLAS Space Operations

Having Leaf Space GSaaS solutions fully-integrated with Major Tom is a great way to provide our customers a complete turn-key solution for satellite operations. We share our core values with Kubos and we’re glad to push even further our collaboration!

Giovanni Pandolfi

Giovanni Pandolfi Leaf Space

This collaboration with Kubos showcases RBC Signals' desire to enhance our systems and provide greater value for satellite operator customers. Having close integration between ground stations systems and mission control software leads to more effective space missions.

Christopher Richins

Christopher Richins RBC Signals

More Information & GPP Registration

Partners agree to:

  • Implementing and validating their Gateway against the GCT
  • Joint marketing effort
    • Includes: Logo+links on website and cross-promotion
  • Coordinated effort on customer interaction
    • Includes: Jointly prepared sales/tech materials, shared dealflow

GPP is core to Kubos’ mission to accelerate humanity’s deployment of space technology.  By working to bring about standardization with its partners, Kubos is positioned as a one-stop shop for customers who require infrastructure on the ground to connect with any orbit. Together with certified Partners, Kubos will leverage GPP to rapidly and reliably deploy a wide range of mission configurations and capabilities for customers.