What’s On Board Vega Booster

The European Vega rocket that launched this evening was carrying 53 satellites on its first rideshare mission as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service Proof of Concept Flight.

The payloads included 14 Flock 4V Earth imaging satellites from Planet, 12 SpaceBEE Internet of Things spacecraft from Swarm Technologies, and 8 maritime monitoring satellites from Spire.

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Exolaunch & Glavkosmos Announce Soyuz Launch Campaign for 15 Small Satellites

Rideshare mission (Credit: Exolaunch)

Exolaunch’s small satellite cluster of 15 microsatellites and cubesats ,“Wanderlust, Desire To Travel”, will launch on Soyuz as soon as September 2020.

Berlin, August 17th, 2020 – Exolaunch, a Berlin-based rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, and Glavkosmos, a single operator of foreign commercial activities of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos, have initiated a launch campaign for 15 international small satellites onboard a Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with a Fregat upper stage. As soon as September 2020, Soyuz-2 will deliver a cluster of small satellites into orbit as rideshare payloads on a Roscosmos mission.

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Exolaunch to Deliver Kepler’s Next-Generation Satellites into Orbit

Kepler 6U XL satellite in orbit. (Credit: Kepler Communications)

Kepler signs a launch agreement with Exolaunch to deliver the first two of its next-generation satellites into orbit on Soyuz in September 2020.

TORONTO, August 18th, 2020 – Kepler, a developer of next-generation satellite communications technologies, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement for two of Kepler’s 6U XL satellites. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, mission management, integration and deployment services to Kepler’s satellites on a Soyuz rideshare mission, targeted for launch in September, 2020. With Exolaunch providing a quick turnaround for launch and deployment, Kepler now continues its rapid constellation development ahead of its 2020 launch plans.

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Chinese Internet of Things Constellation Achieves Breakthrough in Inter-satellite Laser Communications

Xingyun-2 01, 02 laser communication simulation diagram. (Credit: CASIC)

(CASIC PR) — Recently, the Xingyun 2 01 and Xingyun 2 02 satellites have achieved two-way communication with a complete chain construction process and stable telemetry status. This means that the laser communication payload technology carried by the Xingyun 2 satellite has been successfully verified.

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Swarm Awards Launch Contract to Exolaunch to Deliver 24 SpaceBEE Satellites into Orbit on Falcon 9

Swarm satellite (Credit: Swarm Technologies)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 3rd, 2020 (Exolaunch PR) – Exolaunch, a Berlin-based rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement with Swarm Technologies, a Mountain View-based satellite company providing low-cost global connectivity for IoT devices, to launch 24 satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission.

Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, integration and deployment services to the Swarm satellites. The spacecraft will be launched to a sun-synchronous orbit on the Falcon 9 smallsat-dedicated rideshare mission targeted for launch in December 2020.6U CubeSat

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Demonstrator Satellite for KINEIS IoT Constellation is Operational

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PARIS (CNES PR) — ANGELS, put into orbit on December 18, 2019 and equipped with new flight software, has kept its promises: the ANGELS platform now fully performs the missions for which it was designed by HEMERIA in collaboration with CNES.

In-flight testing of the ARGOS-Néo payload developed by Thales and Syrlinks is continuing nominally and will allow the operational use of this new mission on board ANGELS to be declared, which will thus complete the ARGOS system.

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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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