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With commercial satellites now in orbit, Astrocast offers a Development Kit which enables customers to connect their IoT devices in the field to our satellite network and to work with the applications and protocols required to communicate with them. But what does an Astronode Devkit include?
The Astronode DevKit is made up of two key parts:
This contains an Astronode S with our low-cost, back-mounted patch antenna. This board allows you to directly connect your device over our satellite network. You can test and evaluate the software interface between your own asset and our Astronode architecture.
It features three user-accessible connectors:
UART connector: Start working with the Satellite Board next to your computer with the included 1.8m FTDI USB cable.
RS232 connector: Use the Satellite Board outside your office window while being connected to your computer via the included 5m FTDI USB cable.
Asset connector: Connect your device directly to the Satellite Board and experience the same low power consumption that you would get when using the Astronode S in an embedded solder-down configuration.
This has the exact same dimensions, electrical, and software interfaces as the Satellite board. Instead of communicating your data over our satellite network, it sends it over Wi-Fi before your data is then made available via our API/Online portal. This enables you to have access to a low latency development environment; you can seamlessly switch between the two boards.
Testing your IoT assets has never been that easy. You can set up the DevKit to communicate with Astrocast’s Nanosatellite Network in less than 20 minutes.
The DevKit also features an IP67 case allowing you to install your device outside on location. The IP67 case features cable glands (with the RS232 cable preinstalled) and is compatible with both boards due to their identical dimensions.
To help accelerate your development, a Windows GUI is provided. This allows you to rapidly send test messages. The Windows GUI is compatible with both the Satellite Board and Wi-Fi Board. Astrocast will also provide a detailed set of code examples to help accelerate your own development.
Earlier this year, we launched the Astropreneur Program. This program enables companies to test and develop applications on the Astrocast SatIoT service. With our service, companies extend their IoT investments. Connecting with the Astrocast nanosatellite network fills the gaps in remote coverage. Today Astropreneurs are developing amazing new applications for IoT from agtech, to maritime, to oil & gas.