NanoAvionics Selected by Thales Alenia Space to Build First Two Satellite Buses for Omnispace Constellation

Omnispace Internet of Things constellation (Credit: Omnispace)

VILNIUS, Lithuania, 18 June 2020 (NanoAvionics PR) – Mission integrator NanoAvionics was contracted by Thales Alenia Space to build the initial two satellite buses for Omnispace’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. NanoAvionics’ two satellite buses will host the payload which is being developed by prime contractor Thales Alenia Space, in partnership with Syrlinks. 

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Sateliot to Launch 5G Internet of Things Satellite Constellation

Credit: Sateliot

BARCELONA – Sateliot, the first satellite telecommunications operator that will provide global and continuous 5G connectivity to all the elements of the Internet of Things (IoT), will invest more than 100 million euros ($113 million) through 2022 to launch its first constellation of nanosatellites.

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Loft Orbital Awards Contract to Exolaunch to Launch YAM-3 Microsat on Falcon 9

BERLIN, June 10th, 2020 (Exolaunch PR) – Exolaunch, the leading rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, has announced a Launch Services Agreement with Loft Orbital, a San Francisco-based company, to deliver Loft Orbital’s YAM microsatellite into sun-synchronous orbit on Falcon 9.

Under the contract, Exolaunch will deliver mission management, deployment and integration services to Loft Orbital, who operates microsatellites and flies customers’ payloads as a service. The launch is targeted for December 2020 and is part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program.

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JAXA Selects 15 Innovative Micro Satellite Demonstration Projects

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has established a basic mission that uses micro satellites as part of the “environmental maintenance for stable supply of core parts of space systems” shown in the Basic Space Plan.

We are advancing the “Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Program” with the aim of conducting on-orbit verification of parts and new elemental technology in a timely and inexpensive manner.

We would like to inform you that we are soliciting demonstration themes for “Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Unit 3” and selected the demonstration themes (15 in total) from the 23 themes that we applied for, as shown below.

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FCC Unanimously Approves Ligado’s Application to Facilitate 5G and Internet of Things Services

Conditions Will Protect Incumbents from Harmful Interference

WASHINGTON (FCC PR) — The Federal Communications Commission announced that it has approved with conditions Ligado’s application to deploy a low-power terrestrial nationwide network in the L-Band that will primarily support 5G and Internet of Things services.

The order approving Ligado’s application was adopted without dissent and will promote more efficient and effective use of our nation’s spectrum resources and ensure that adjacent band operations, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), are protected from harmful interference.

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Omnispace Selects Thales Alenia Space to Develop Satellite Infrastructure for Global Hybrid Network Vision

Omnispace satellites (Credit: Thales Alenia Space/Briot)

TYSONS, Va., April 9, 2020 (Omnispace PR) – Omnispace, the company that is reinventing mobile communications by building a global hybrid network, today announced it has selected Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), to develop the initial component of its satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. This will advance Omnispace’s vision to deliver a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards.

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Myriota Raises $28 Million AUD Series B Round

ADELAIDE, Australia, 6 April 2020 — Myriota, the world leader in low-cost and low-power satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced a $28 million AUD [$17 million USD] Series B funding round led by Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures.

Additional investors include In-Q-Tel, Inc., Right Click Capital, the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, Singtel Innov8, Boeing HorizonX, and Malcolm Turnbull – who led the government that established the Australian space agency in 2017. This latest round of funding brings Myriota’s total funding to more than $50 million AUD [$30.4 million].

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Momentus to Launch IRIS-A Mission for NCKU Space Laboratory

Vigoride (Credit: Momentus)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Momentus Space PR) — Today we are happy to announce a launch service agreement with NCKU Space Laboratory and ODYSSEUS Space.

The IRIS-A mission we are supporting is of strategic importance to Taiwan, and is the first of three, with follow up missions IRIS-B and IRIS-C due to reach space in 2022 and 2023.

IRIS-A will be equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to achieve a Doppler shift estimation and improve the quality of downlink signal, increasing the efficiency of future IoT constellations of nanosatellites intended to monitor objects from space.

ODYSSEUS is a young startup based in Taiwan created by French professionals coming from the European space sector. They have experience and expertise both in Asia and in Europe to uniquely address the booming global market of small satellites applications.

ODYSSEUS has been working with National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) of Tainan, Taiwan (NCKU) for many years now. IoT is a very hot topic in Taiwan and we are thrilled to be working with leaders in the sector bringing the technology to space.

Our Vigoride solution is highly innovative and provides small satellite developers, like NCKU and ODYSSEUS with long awaited flexibility in the choice of their orbit and their timeline.

Myriota Expands into Canada with Acquisition of exactEarth Satellites, Ground Stations

ADELAIDE, South Australia (Myriota PR) — Global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Myriota Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriota Pty Ltd), has entered into an agreement with exactEarth Ltd. (TSX: XCT) to acquire satellite communications assets.

Significantly adding to its North American capability, the transaction, which is subject to Canadian regulatory approval, will see Myriota Canada acquire four satellites, a global network of ground station assets, and their associated spectrum licenses.

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Marine Instruments Makes Strategic Investment in Astrocast

ECUBLENS, Switzerland (Astrocast PR) — Marine Instruments, one of the world’s largest bidirectional satellite IoT customers, makes a strategic investment in Astrocast.

Marine Instruments is the world-leading producer of echo-sounder buoys for the maritime industry.  The company, which was founded in 2003, has grown rapidly in the last decade thanks to their firm commitment to innovation and is currently leading the path towards sustainable fisheries with their vision of digital oceans.

Prior to making an investment, Marine Instruments developed a close relationship with Astrocast, having been deeply involved in its ongoing pilot program. They were attracted by Astrocast’s low cost, ultra-low power Astronode S terminal scheduled for launch early next year along with its highly competitive data plan pricing. As Astrocast’s network is based on the L-Band frequency, this provides Marine Instruments with the reliability they need to operate their buoys in all weather conditions while still utilizing low profile antennas.

Marine Instruments were also particularly attracted by the down-link multicast functionality that Astrocast’s network will offer; this will enable them to push substantial software updates to their buoys deployed globally.

Exotrail Secures Contract with AAC Clyde Space to Equip Spacecraft for Eutelsat’s ELO 3 and 4

PARIS (Exotrail PR) — Exotrail, a French company dedicated to providing innovative on-orbit transportation solutions for the small satellite market have announced today that they have signed a contract with AAC Clyde Space, Europe’s leading nanosatellite solutions specialist.

Exotrail will equip them with cutting-edge propulsion solutions for their customer, the global satellite telecommunications leader Eutelsat, for its ELO 3 and ELO 4 spacecrafts.The French company will provide propulsion systems for the two 6U CubeSats which will be manufactured and delivered to orbit by AAC Clyde Space.

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SpaceX, Kepler and Swarm Included on Australian List of Foreign Providers

60 Starlink satellites inside the Falcon 9 payload fairing. (Credit: Elon Musk)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The Australian government has approved SpaceX, Swarm Technologies and Kepler Communications for inclusion on a list of foreign companies allowed to seek approvals to provide communications services in the country.

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Kinéis Raises 100 Million Euros, Finances Nanosat Internet of Things Constellation

SAINT-AGNES, France (Kineis PR) — Kinéis has reached its capital-raising target of 100 million euros [$110.6 million]. CLS, CNES, Bpifrance via the fund for Industrial Project Companies (SPI), financed by the ‘Investments for the Future’ Programme and the European Investment Bank, Ifremer, Thales, CELAD, BNP Paribas Développement, HEMERIA and other industrial and financial partners are investing in and supporting Kinéis’ ambition to provide universal satellite connectivity.

25 nanosatellites will be added to complement the service which has been provided by the Argos system to scientific and environmental communities for more than 40 years. Kinéis will also develop its activity in the new markets opened up by the IoT.

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Alén Space to Design Payload for Sateliot’s Nanosatellites

Credit: Alen Space
  • The nanosatellites will have the technology designed by Alén Space for the implementation of new protocols that will make it possible to connect the objects anywhere
  • This technology allows its reconfiguration once in orbit so the system can be updated with new developments and advances

MADRID (Sateliot PR) — Sateliot, the satellite telecommunications operator that will provide global and continuous connectivity to all the elements that will make up the universe of the Internet of Things (IoT) under a 5G architecture, has selected Alén Space, the Spanish manufacturer of aerospace projects, to design the payload for its first nanosatellites.

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Skylo Emerges From Stealth With $116 Million in Funding for Most Affordable IoT Satellite Data Network

SAN MATEO, Calif. & BANGALORE, India & TEL AVIV, Israel, January 21, 2020 (Skylo PR) — Skylo, maker of the world’s most affordable and ubiquitous network that connects any machine or sensor, today announced that the company has emerged from Stealth with $116 million in total funding. The company previously raised $13 million in a Series A round that was co-led by DCM and Innovation Endeavors, and joined by Moore Strategic Ventures. The new Series B round raised $103 million, led by SoftBank Group and joined by all existing investors.

Skylo will bring instant, affordable and ubiquitous Internet of Things connectivity to millions of machines, sensors and devices, even in the most remote geographies. It is the world’s first company to leverage the cellular Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) protocol via satellite, making it possible to instantly connect billions of sensors on objects and machines in remote areas.

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