UK-built Nanosatellites Ready for Launch

Four shoebox-sized, British-funded satellites will join a global fleet in orbit in the next two months

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — Government-backed ‘nanosatellites’ – built in Glasgow – will launch later this month, joining a fleet of more than 100 objects in low Earth orbit that predict global trade movements.

Two of four nanosatellites, made by Spire Global UK and backed by over £6 million of Government investment, will take off on the Russian Soyuz launcher on 24 September. The other two nanosatellites will be aboard an Indian PSLV launcher, due for launch on 1 November.


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.


Nanosats Come Into Their Own

The future of space is small and cost-efficient
Jeffrey Manber
Aviation Week

Last week I saw one possible future shape for space organizations. It was Canadian, it was nano and it was hot. I was at the Emerging Commercial Applications for Small Satellites at Stanford University, co-sponsored by SEF Spaceworks—an organization I helped establish, along with Kentucky Space and Professor Bob Twiggs.


NASA Ames Partners with M2MI for Nanosat Development


MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and m2mi Corp., Moffett Field, Calif., announced Thursday they are taking a revolutionary step forward in improving telecommunications and networking from space.

Under the terms of a cooperative research and development agreement, only the third in NASA’s history, NASA Ames and m2mi will work together to develop very small satellites, called nanosats, for the commercialization of space.

“NASA wants to work with companies to develop a new economy in space,” said NASA Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden. “m2mi has great technology that fits excellently with our goals, while enhancing the commercial use of NASA-developed technologies.”

Nanosatellites are small satellites weighing between 11 and 110 pounds. A large number of these satellites, called a constellation, will be placed in low Earth orbit for the new telecommunications and networking system.