Sateliot, the satellite telecommunications operator, is finalising with Open Cosmos, the company that operates end-to-end space missions, the launch of its first nanosatellite, which is scheduled for the morning of 20 March from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Open Cosmos has been responsible for the design and manufacture of this first nanosatellite of the up to one hundred that will make up the constellation with which Sateliot will extend the IoT connection with 5G coverage globally and massively in the coming years. In addition, in recent weeks the company has been working on the integration of the payload, as well as on the logistics and exhaustive pre-launch testing phase.
Thus, the satellite has arrived from the Harwell technology and innovation campus in the United Kingdom, where it has been manufactured, to Kazakhstan, undergoing strict export and verification controls in controlled environments to ensure its viability in its development.
Likewise, the satellite has already been integrated into the deployer, the box where it will be inserted into the rocket that will be responsible for its ejection into space once it reaches the orbit where it will operate, located around 500 km from Earth; a deployer that in turn is connected to a sequencer that will be responsible for activating the opening of the deployment system.
Once this phase is completed, Sateliot’s nanosatellite awaits launch aboard the Soyuz 2.1A rocket. Until it is launched into orbit, it will share the journey with the mission’s main satellite, the South Korean earth observation satellite CAS500-1, as well as some thirty other satellites.
With its launch into orbit, Sateliot will then enter a new technological phase, which will allow it to carry out field tests in real environments, providing very useful information for the evolution of its constellation, which is expected to start offering commercial service from 2022.