Monday, 23 January 2017 13:01

Sky and Space completes nano-satellites construction

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Communications satellite provider Sky and Space Global has completed on schedule construction of its 3 Diamonds nano-satellites and begun software and hardware testing.

The 3 Diamonds nano-satellites are now undergoing an assembly, integration and verification process to rigorously test functionalities ahead of launch in Q2 2017.

The ASX-listed company has also announced it has appointed communications devices manufacturer Ayecka Communications Systems to build prototype hotspots for customers to connect to its satellite network (once they have launched later this year) using Wi-Fi and a dedicated application.

Sky and Space Global (ASX:SAS) says the hotspots will allow several mobile devices, including tablets, to connect to its satellite network using Wi-Fi and a dedicated application.

The testing process that the nano-satellites will undergo includes the full functional tests of all subsystems to ensure systems are functioning as required, testing of ground control and hotspot user device satellite interfaces, and, environmental testing of mechanical and thermal systems for launch approval.

Testing is being done in phases. The Red nano-satellite has already completed the entire process and has been designated as “Ready to Launch”. Green and Blue are undergoing the integration and verification process, which is expected to be completed within a week.

Sky and Space Global says all three nano-satellites are expected to be designated as “Ready for Launch” by mid-February 2017, as planned.

Following the completion of testing, and integration into the launch Pod, the nano-satellites will be securely transported to the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launch site at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, for launch preparation.

The launch is scheduled for Q2 2017.

Sky and Space Global chief technology officer, Meidad Pariente, said the company was pleased to meet the planned construction and “happy with the test results so far”.

“Anyone who has participated in such projects knows that it requires a team of dedicated and professional engineers to cope with the challenges and meet the budget and schedule. We are also very happy to work with Ayecka on our prototypes that will allow any mobile device to become a satellite communicator and test the communications network our 3 Diamonds will provide.”

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