They have reportedly been successfully deployed and are being commissioned, and it means the Astrocast nanosatellite IoT network now consists of 10 satellites in space.
The launch took place 30 June and was shared with loads from Spire, Kleos, Swarm and HawkEye 360. You can read more Astrocasts’s efforts on its Missions page.
A few months ago the Astrocast network went live with the initial launch of the five nanosatellites that were commissioned to serve its commercial customers.
The Swiss company says it is working towards deploying a 100 satellite constellation by 2024
“With 10 commercial satellites in space, our constellation’s latency will decrease. Therefore our customers will be able to send more messages per day. And we are just starting. One more launch is foreseen by the end of the year, carrying 10 more satellites. With 20 satellites by Q4 2021, the Astrocast network becomes the most reliable in the market for customers looking at monitoring assets in the most remote areas in the world.”
It’s happening! Watch @SpaceX #Falcon9 launch live now! @strocast next five #nanosatellites are going to space!#SXRS5 #AstrocastSXRS5 #SpaceX #Transporter2 #NewSpace @SpaceflightInc https://t.co/ABJh6xXvvF pic.twitter.com/O6Nbd6mMjR
— Astrocast (@strocast) June 30, 2021
According to the company, the nanosatellite constellation uses a patented data protocol that was developed for satellite-based IoT in partnership with Airbus.
It will use Global L-Band frequencies and incorporate 256 bit encryption with multi-level security, it says.
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