Adelaide nanosatellite manufacturer for the Internet of Things (IoT), Fleet Space Technologies, launched their sixth nanosatellite, Centauri 4, aboard SpaceX Falcon9 on 26 June, taking off from US launch site Cape Canaveral.
Delivered into orbit at 450 km above Earth, Centauri 4 is only the size of a shoebox, and in a world first, has been integrated with digital beamforming technology, making this Fleet Space’s most advanced payload yet. It is a major achievement to incorporate this tech in a nanosat payload due to their power and volume constraints. It will allow substantial increases in throughput of customer data, service a higher number of customer portals at once, and increase data reliability and security by reducing the effects of interference.
“Space is no longer the sole domain of governments and multibillion-dollar satellites. Space is open for business, and we're only just starting to tap into what is possible,” said Fleet Space CEO Flavia Tata Nardini. “With our digital beamforming technology, we are changing space and making it accessible.
“With a crowded radio spectrum containing all of the world’s wireless communications, bandwidth efficiency is everything. Our engineers have managed to fit this incredible technology in the vacuum of space on a tiny nanosat. This is where Fleet Space’s technology makes it world first,” Tata Nardinin said.
Now with the ability to shape and steer multiple beams in their nanosatellites and therefore reduce interference, Fleet Space can perform more work, transfer more data and do it in flexible and secure ways never before possible at this scale. Their nanosatellites are servicing IoT customers who will reap the rewards of collecting and organising vast amounts of data from every remote corner of the earth. Critical infrastructure customer use cases include tracking power outages, receiving alerts of unwanted encroachments along easements and bushfire risks, through to applications in defence, mining and logistics.
Fleet Space already had five nanosatellites in its low Earth orbit constellation, and the success of this launch establishes Fleet Space as a major player in the Australian space sector. With significant growth in its development of cutting-edge technologies, the capabilities of the company’s agnostic hybrid satellite low-powered wide area network (LPWAN) are being used for the development of remote massive IoT applications on the Earth, the Moon and Mars, through their Seven Sisters Lunar Mission.
Sourced from Fleet Space’s website: FleetSpace Technologies is launching their sixth nanosatellite this week complete with world first digital beamforming technology on board