The Astrocast Satellite IoT Network Grows to 14 Commercial Satellites in Space 

28 November 2022

4 min read

Image source: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

On Saturday, November 26th, 2022, Astrocast launched four Astrocast 3U spacecraft aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C54) mission with Spaceflight. This mission took place in Sriharikota, India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center, carrying the Astrocast spacecraft as a co-passenger to sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) along with the Indian national primary satellite. 

This launch means yet another milestone accomplished for the Astrocast nanosatellite IoT network, now consisting of a commercial constellation of 14 satellites in space, making Astrocast one of the TOP 40 satellite operators by the number of satellites in orbit. These additional satellites also improve the capacity and reliability of our network, which provides direct-to-satellite and highly secured connectivity to customers around the globe. 

The Astrocast network went live in January 2021 with the launch of 5 nanosatellites that were commissioned to serve our commercial customers. Later in June 2021, another 5 satellites were successfully deployed on the SXRS-5 Spaceflight mission onboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. 

Working towards deploying our full constellation by 2025, the Astrocast Satellite IoT Service was commercially announced in February 2022, and it offers a Cost-effective, Bidirectional, and Comprehensive service to tackle global IoT connectivity challenges in remote areas of the world. 

PSLV-C54: highlights of another successful mission:

Did you know PSLV-54 is Astrocast’s 5th launch mission? Or that our 1st satellite’s name is Kiwi? Learn more facts about the Astrocast journey in space on our Missions page

 

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How does Astrocast get its Swiss state-of-the-art nanosatellites ready for space? 

Watch Nicolas Steiner, Head of Space Segment at Astrocast, explain what it takes to design and manufacture the satellites and what it means to launch them in space successfully.
Watch Lola López Gilabert, Head of Spaceflight Engineering and Operations
at Astrocast, explain what it takes to successfully communicate with our
satellites and the main challenges of operating a growing constellation.

Astrocast’s Cost-effective, Bidirectional Satellite IoT service 

IoT solutions implemented in remote locations with no access to cellular networks can benefit from Astrocast’s Satellite IoT Service. With its proprietary Swiss nanosatellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Astrocast offers affordable connectivity for all and supports applications in IoT asset tracking, telemetry and telematics; as it fosters innovation across sectors including agriculture & livestock, environment & utilities, land transport, maritime, mining, oil & gas – and more. 

Customers from diverse industries and geographical areas benefit from this throughout the Astropreneur Program, a fully flexible program to assess the Astrocast Satellite service and develop an IoT solution 100% adapted to their needs.