- It is the fourth contract with OQ Technology for the Lithuanian company
Smallsat mission integrator and bus manufacturer Kongsberg NanoAvionics (NanoAvionics) has received an order for three further satellites from 5G telecoms operator OQ Technology. They will be added to OQ Technology’s existing constellation, turning the company into the largest 5G NB-IoT (narrowband Internet of things) satellite operator in the world.
It is NanoAvionics’s fourth contract with OQ Technology, having previously supplied Tiger-2, Tiger-3, and MACSAT missions. Through the collaboration with NanoAvionics, OQ was able to launch the world’s first commercial nanosatellite, Tiger-2 in 2021, that provided 5G coverage for IoT devices based on NB-IoT and a first expansion of their services with Tiger-3 in 2022.
OQ Technology will provide the 5G payload which is based on standard 3GPP Rel. 17 technology, the OQ in-house developed cell tower stack and will take care of launch, satellite operations, spectrum licensing, service and market access. With the recent traction of direct-to-device cellular communication through satellite, OQ Technology is a pioneer in direct cellular IoT to satellite connectivity.
The three 6U nanosatellites, Tiger-4, Tiger-7 and Tiger-8, will be built at NanoAvionics’s new MAIT (manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing) facility in Vilnius, Lithuania. The facility was setup to meet the demands for serial satellite production for constellations and larger satellites by commercial, civil, and governmental organisations.
As a standard requirement for constellations, the nanosatellites will be equipped with a propulsion system for constellation deployment, formation flying and deorbiting after the end of their lifecycle.
Omar Qaise, founder and CEO of OQ Technology said: “These three nanosatellites will allow us to grow our constellation, expand our global coverage, and enter new markets. In addition to pioneering the 5G NB-IoT technology, it is through partners like NanoAvionics that we are years ahead of the competition in the 5G IoT non-terrestrial networks market.”
Vytenis J. Buzas, founder and CEO of NanoAvionics said: “This latest contract is testament to the great working relationship we have built with OQ Technology over the last few years. Our level of standardisation, automation, and experience with communications mission permits us to supply customers like OQ technology in an efficient manner.”
About Kongsberg NanoAvionics (NanoAvionics):
Kongsberg NanoAvionics is a smallsat bus manufacturer and mission integrator currently based in four locations across the USA, UK and Lithuania. The company’s efforts are focused on enabling critical satellite functions and optimizing their hardware, launch and satellite operation costs by providing end-to-end small satellite solutions – ranging from single missions to constellations. Its core engineering team has implemented over 120 successful satellite missions and commercial projects during the past several years. With modularity as the fundamental principle of NanoAvionics system architecture, the company provides economic viability to a wide range of small satellite constellation-based missions, businesses and organisations worldwide.
About OQ Technology:
OQ Technology operates the world’s first constellation of LEO satellites providing 5G coverage for IoT devices based on standardised 3GPP standard cellular technology for narrowband-IoT. Its technology is available for mobile operators and customers in industries such as energy, mining, logistics, maritime, agriculture, and defence. The company’s patented technology can easily be used to connect existing cellular chips, allowing billions of users around the world to have ubiquitous IoT connectivity anywhere and using both terrestrial and satellite networks.