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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CubeSat Finds its Way in Space with Galileo Receiver

This Astrocast CubeSat launched in December 2018 included a test satnav receiver. (Credit: Astrocast)

ZURICH (ESA PR) — A miniature CubeSat has become the first satellite to perform Galileo-based position fixes in orbit using a commercial satnav receiver.

CubeSats are nanosatellites based on standardised 10 cm-sized units. Originally devised for educational uses, they are nowadays being put to commercial and technology testing uses. The Swiss Astrocast company is assembling a constellation based on 3-unit CubeSats to serve the emerging ‘Internet of Things’.

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Rocket Lab Launches Satellites, Tests Next-Gen Reusable Booster

Electron booster blasts into space. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A Rocket Lab next-generation Electron rocket blasted off from New Zealand on Friday, placing seven small satellites into Earth orbit and conducting the first test of a new reusable first stage.

The Electron’s 10th launch, nicknamed “Running Out of Fingers,” included six PocketQube micro-satellites measuring a mere 5 cm built by Alba Orbital. A seventh satellite built by a Japanese company will release particles that will create an artificial meteor shower.

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Astrobotic Blasts Off to the International Space Station

SoundSee, a new space technology collaboration, debuts at the International Space Station

SoundSee (Credit: Astrobotic)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Astrobotic PR)  – Astrobotic and Bosch are proud to announce the launch of SoundSee to the International Space Station (ISS). This technology marks the first deployment of technology to the ISS of both companies. As part of a research collaboration with NASA, the lunchbox-sized SoundSee module will assist astronauts by free flying through the space station and using fully-autonomous sensing capabilities to gauge ISS performance and predict when maintenance is needed.

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Kepler Opens Pre-Registration for First IoT Development Kits

Credit: Kepler Communications

TORONTO, October 31, 2019 (Kepler Communications PR)– Kepler Communications, forerunner of today’s nanosatellite telecommunications solutions, announced today it has opened early-access registration for its Internet of Things (IoT) Developer Kit, which will be available for purchase in Q1 2020. A limited number of early trials will be provided.

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Fleet Space Technologies Raises $7.35 Million Round for Internet of Things

Credit: Fleet Space Technologies

BEVERLEY, South Australia (Fleet Space Technologies PR) — Fleet Space Technologies has raised USD$7.35 million (AUD$10.8 million) from global funds including Momenta Ventures and Horizons Ventures, to deliver ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to remote industries, powered by a global constellation of nanosatellites.

Investors in the funding round also included Grok Ventures and Blackbird Ventures, who re-invested in the company, and the Kennard family, whose equipment hire company Kennards Hire, is a Fleet customer focused on digital transformation. The new funding will enable Fleet to meet the increasing demand for global deployments of private IoT networks, powered by its constellation of nanosatellites, across industries including logistics, resources and energy.

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Optus Business, Myriota Sign Agreement to Bolster Remote IoT Coverage

ADELAIDE, South Australia, Aug. 20, 2019 (Optus Business PR) – Optus Business today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Myriota, the global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT), with a view to providing remote and regional connectivity for IoT devices and applications.

An Australian first, the major telco-nanosatellite provider agreement will bring together Optus’ premium national networks and digital enablement capabilities with Myriota’s direct-to-orbit technology to allow for massive scale, low-cost communications for IoT devices across remote Australian geographies.

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Kinéis Announces IoT Strategic Partnerships, Industrial Program

RAMONVILLE SAINT AGNE, France (Kineis PR) — Kinéis, a CLS Group spinoff, a subsidiary of CNES, is proud to announce the signing of two strategic partnerships, one with Objenious, a public IoT operator part of Bouygues Telecom, and another with the Wize Alliance (SUEZ, GRDF, Sagemcom,etc.). These alliances reinforce Kinéis’ position as a strategic player in the Internet of Things.

At the same time, Kinéis, supported by CNES, is reinforcing its technological strategy as supervising manager for the industrial space project to manufacture 25 nanosatellites and place them in orbit. Kinéis relies on Thales Alenia Space to define the system architecture, build ground stations and payloads, and on Hemeria (ex-Nexeya) to build platforms and integrate satellites. Technical specifications have been finalised and satellite production will start on 21 June.

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