Australian-listed satellite company Sky and Space Global (ASX: SAS) has successfully launched its “3 Diamonds” nano-satellites in the first stage of the launch of a full constellation of 200 nano-satellites into the equatorial orbit by 2020.
The nano-satellites were launched on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Campaign 38 (C38) on Friday, 23rd June. The launch and deployment of the satellites went as planned and orbit insertion parameters were accurate and are as required.
Initial contact with the 3 Diamonds was made according to planned schedule using the Alaska ground satellite communication stations. During the weekend, communication with the satellites was successful in every pass, with a total of ~50 communication passes.
All system parameters are within the expected range with no anomalies, for all three satellites and all main satellite systems are functioning nominally. The execution of the testing plan continues according to schedule.
Sky and Space Global is using two ground stations, one in Aalborg, Denmark and one in Alaska. These ground stations provide communication services in almost every satellite’s orbit.
The In-Orbit Testing plan will continue in the next 6-8 weeks and Sky and Space Global will update the market on the progress.
Sky and Space Global’s CEO, Mr. Meir Moalem said:
“We are very pleased that our satellites are functioning according to plan in space, with no anomalies. This is the result of the hard work and rigorous testing and validation effort that we put into the launch preparation. I am proud of our professional team that continues to work night and day on the testing plan of our 3 Diamonds.”
About Sky and Space Global
Sky and Space Global Ltd is a satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts.
The company’s core business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop highly sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to provide a global coverage.
The company’s mission is to provide low cost, nano-satellite communication coverage to anyone, anywhere with relatively low maintenance costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global to deliver cost-effective communications infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries.
Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited.