Alén Space to Design Payload for Sateliot’s Nanosatellites

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  • 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.

Thus, the first nanosatellite – a device the size of a microwave oven made up of 10×10 cm cubes that will orbit just 500 kilometers from the earth – will use the technology designed by Alén Space for the development and research of new protocols and modulations that will make it possible to connect the objects anywhere the terrestrial networks do not reach.

This technology is composed of an SDR card – so called because of the acronym in English for Software Defined Radio – where the signals received are processed and the one transmitted to the ground is generated. Also by a radio frequency conditioning plate and a deployable antenna that will allow communication with terrestrial devices.

The payload Alén Space that will provide to the Sateliot mission is based on more than five years of development and has flown on several satellites to date. It is a radio plate known commercially as TOTEM that allows the implementation of advanced communication systems on small platforms and low cost and consumption.

In addition, this technology allows its reconfiguration once in orbit so that the system can be updated with new developments and advances, something that is not usually possible in traditional satellite communication systems, thus adapting to the new and dynamic standards that the New Space sector sets.

Meanwhile, on the ground Sateliot will have user equipment that will allow testing of the first IoT services that the company plans to offer to telecommunications operators in the next evolutions towards 5G integration architecture. These terminals will make it possible to communicate the position of an element such as a ‘container’ in the logistics sector or a cow in the agrotech sector, or even to control the water level of a tank in a rural area.

According to Jaume Sanpera, founder and CEO of Sateliot, “with our valuable agreement with Alén Space, and other new ones that we will announce in the coming weeks, we already have the whole logistic and technological structure in place to be able to launch the first cubesat of the constellation in the middle of this year”.

Sateliot is the first 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) – such as the connected car or house – under the 5G protocol. Thanks to a constellation of nanosatellites of the latest generation, located at low altitude that act as mobile towers, Sateliot is the perfect complement to the large telecommunications companies by providing them with the necessary infrastructure where terrestrial technologies do not reach. More information on our website, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Alén Space is a Spanish company specializing in the design, manufacture and operation of small satellites for all types of applications. Alén Space has a highly qualified team of engineers with over 11 years of experience in developing missions with nanosatellites. With a focus on advanced communications solutions, it has the technology and capacity to help those companies that want to develop business in space. Quality and technology have been the hallmark of the Alén Space team since 2008.