Astrocast launches four more satellites

  • November 30, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson
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This week, Astrocast launched four 3U spacecraft into space as part of its nanosatellite IoT network, enabling the company to increase its commercial constellation to 14 satellites.

This makes Astrocast one of the top 40 satellite operators in the world based on the number of satellites in orbit.

These satellites improve the capacity and reliability of Astrocast’s network, and will play a part in providing direct-to-satellite and highly secured connectivity to users across the globe. This recent launch mission took place at Sriharikota, India’s Satish Dhawan space centre.

India’s PSLV-C54 polar satellite launch vehicle mission with Spaceflight carried Astrocast’s spacecraft as a co-passenger to sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) into space, along with the Indian national primary satellite.

“This is a major achievement for our team, and our clients will only continue to benefit from the growth and innovation taking place across our nanosatellite IoT network,” said Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast. “We are diligently growing our reliable network, improving the overall performance of our global IoT services. We feel good about the progress to date and are on track to meet our goals. This is a true credit to our team of engineers and IoT experts, and our partnership with Spaceflight.”

Astrocast’s network went live in January 2021 with an initial launch of five nanosatellites. These were originally commissioned to serve commercial customers. In June 2021, another five satellites were deployed on the SXRS-5 Spaceflight mission, onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Astrocast launched its satellite IoT service in February 2022 to the market. It offers systems integrators and end users access to a bidirectional satellite IoT service, and enables organisations to deal with global IoT connectivity in remote locations of the world. For example, use cases include tracking shipping containers across the globe to monitor supply chains, or enabling farmers to command silos to release food, open gates or manage irrigation systems, without any need for expensive and often hard-to-source human interaction. Utility companies can remotely control water management systems in line with flood prevention strategies.

The Astrocast network enables companies to monitor, track and communicate with remote assets from anywhere in the world. It relies on L-band spectrum through an alliance with Thuraya. In partnership with Airbus, CEA/LETI and ESA, Astrocast developed Astronode S, a small low-power module compatible with inexpensive L-band patch antennas. Founded in 2014, Astrocast develops and tests all its products in-house, from the satellites to the modules.