French Nanosatellite Angels Extends Scope of Space IoT

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French Nanosatellite Angels Extends Scope of Space IoT

France’s first industrial nanosatellite “Angels” is opening up its services to current users. The satellite offers IoT players premium access to new connectivity. The manufacturer claims that Angels is five times more powerful and 10 times smaller than its predecessors.

It’s engineers designed the satellite to address the current challenges of New Space: miniaturisation, scaled-up performance and very low consumption. Angels gives access to opportunities provided by Kinéis, the first constellation of European nanosatellites dedicated to IoT.

The addition of Angels to the ARGOS satellite fleet offers new data collection capabilities. Carrying an ARGOS instrument, Angels is supported by CNES and manufacturers such as Thales Alenia Space, Hemeria and Syrlink.
From the ground, transmitters are able to reach Angels satellite with a transmission power of only 100 mW, which is about a fifth of the power needed by current ARGOS transmitters. Angels also provides access to a new frequency band which boosts the capabilities of the seven satellites in the current system. This allows users to extend the battery life of transmitters and reduce their size and weight.
Benoit Broudy, Vice President of the Navigation business at Thales Alenia Space in France, said:

We are proud to have supplied the ARGOS Neo instrument, and of its successful commissioning on Angels. It represents an important milestone in Thales Alenia Space’s New Space and innovation approach. The ARGOS system is the global benchmark in satellite location and data collection. Instrument miniaturisation offers new spaceflight solutions such as nanosatellite constellations and creates new opportunities in satellite navigation and the Internet of Things. We are happy to share the success of the Angels mission, which should spur the development of a French nanosatellite sector to address the booming New Space market.

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Kinéis

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