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Astrocast launches three pilots to bring IoT into Space

08.01.2019 13:45

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#SwissTech at CES 2019: The Lausanne based Astrocast has launched three new pilots of its Low Earth Orbit Nanosatellite Network with Actia, Marine Instruments, and Swiss Fresh Water. The pilots highlight the power of satellite networks to deliver affordable communications to the world’s most remote areas for Marine, Industrial and Water Purification IoT Devices.

Astrocast is a nanosatellite network of 64 cubesats specifically designed to transmit and receive low bandwidth data from IoT devices. The two-way system allows companies to monitor and control their remote assets, including over-the-air upgrades at lower latency and cost than existing satellite communications networks.

Early December 2018, Astrocrast successfully launched its first test satellite. The L-Band two-way communication nanosatellite was attached to the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which carried a payload of 64 nanosatellites from various space companies.

Recently, the startup has launched three new pilots with Actia, Marine Instruments, and Swiss Fresh Water that will utilise Astrocast’s network of IoT cubesats. Swiss Fresh water, which has water purification technology in remote villages around the world, will use the nanosatellite network to monitor its water stations.

“When we started this project, we knew we had the right tools and technology to bring clean water to the world,” said Jean-Luc Mossier, Executive Chairman of Swiss Fresh Water. “Our water stations are at the centre of some very remote villages and are a lifeline to those communities.

“Our onboard telematic equipment is designed to support some of the toughest work, in the most remote areas of the world. Agriculture, construction and transportation companies are among the many companies relying on us to keep connected vehicles,” said Philippe Cabon, CTO of Actia. “Astrocast will help us to connect vehicles everywhere.”

“The growth of IoT devices for commercial purposes is outpacing anything the analysts predicted. And in many cases these devices are performing tasks that are impacting the lives of entire populations,” said Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast. “Astrocast is helping make world-changing new IoT applications possible.

About AstroCast
Astrocast SA, in partnership with the European Space Agency, Airbus, and Thuraya is developing an advanced nanosatellite network for the Internet of things (IoT). Airbus and Astrocast have developed a low-cost ASIC and module that provides the most power efficient satellite modem for IoT applications. The constellation will consist of 64 CubeSat satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and will provide low latency global coverage

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