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Astrocast is flying high with the launch of its second test satellite

April 1 ,2019

This morning we successfully launched and deployed our second test satellite with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLVC45) that took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.  On this second mission, we will focus on a set of propulsion technologies designed for separation, collision avoidance, and de-orbiting

“It is very important that companies think about the entire lifecycle of their nanosatellites. As a Swiss company, we will lead by example and do everything we can to keep space clean. Using a set of reliable and flight-proven technologies, Astrocast is building the ability to control, maneuver and ultimately de-orbit its satellites,” said Fabien Jordan. “We can avoid collisions from other satellites, easily de-orbit and re-deploy satellites for technology upgrades, and reduce the amount of space debris left at the end of a satellite’s lifecycle.  This nanosatellite represents the first of many technological advances we aim to develop toward the security and longevity of our network.”

The ability to control, reposition and de-orbit nanosatellites is key to lessening the amount of space debris that is currently plaguing low-earth orbit missions.  Collision avoidance is an ongoing battle. We will be the first to test a series of technologies that will allow greater control and maneuverability of our network once it is launched.  These technologies include:

  • Gas propulsion
  • Electric propulsion
  • Automatic de-orbiting
  • Backup communications

“It is important that companies begin to think long term about the nanosatellites they launch into orbit.  Clean nanosatellite technology is possible, and we are taking some of the first steps toward this,” Jordan said.

And what about our first satellite?  Our first test, launched in December, is fully stabilized with a working payload and is operating nominally! Stay tuned for more information on both.

(Image courtesy: ISRO)