Astrocast Launches Second Test of IoT Nanosatellite Network

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Astrocast Launches Second Test of IoT Nanosatellite Network

Astrocast announced the successful launch of its second IoT Nanosatellite. The launch was piloted by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. This mission offers new opportunities to customers who want to test the Astrocast IoT communication services. It also focusses on a set of propulsion technologies designed for separation, collision avoidance, and de-orbiting.

It is very important that companies think about the entire lifecycle of their nanosatellites. As a Swiss company, we will lead by example and do everything we can to keep space clean. Using a set of reliable and flight proven technologies, Astrocast is building the ability to control, maneuver and ultimately de-orbit its satellites,

said Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast.

We can avoid collisions from other satellites, easily de-orbit and re-deploy satellites for technology upgrades, and reduce the amount of space debris left at the end of a satellite’s lifecycle. This nanosatellite represents the first of many technology advances we aim to develop toward the security and longevity of our network.

The ability to control, reposition and de-orbit nanosatellites helps lessening the amount of space debris that is a problem for low-earth orbit missions. Astrocast is the first to test a series of technologies that will allow them to have greater control and maneuverability of their network once it is launched.
„Clean nanosatellite technology is possible, and we are taking some of the first steps toward this,“ Jordan said.
The first test, launched in December, is now fully stabilized with a working payload and is operating nominally. Astrocast is a nanosatellite network of 64 CubeSats specifically designed to transmit and receive low bandwidth data from IoT devices. Astrocast will deliver these features:

  • 100% coverage of the globe including remote areas
  • Low latency low earth orbit network
  • Two-way communications
  • L-Band and S-Band frequencies
  • 256 bit encryption with multi-level security
  • Patented data protocol developed and optimized for satellite IoT
  • Low-cost and ultra-low power chipset optimized for Astrocast
  • Low-cost data plans
  • Web application for monitoring assets and subscription plan.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Astrocast

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