Nanosatellite mission integrator NanoAvionics UK Ltd. and UK satellite communications provider Lacuna Space, both based at Harwell Campus Space Cluster, have signed a second contract to integrate the Lacuna Space LoRa®-based Space Gateway into NanoAvionics’ M6P nanosatellite bus which will be launched in Q4 2020 via a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The two companies successfully collaborated on the Lacuna Space technology demonstration mission launched in April 2019. This new agreement will add a M6P-based satellite to join Lacuna Space’s internet of things (IoT) satellite constellation aimed at optimising the performance of the payloads and then demonstrating the system in tests with users in many locations around the world, to validate the performance of the pilot service.
This will be the fourth Lacuna Space’s satellite launched this year with Lacuna Space LoRa® IoT Gateway.
“The M6P nanosatellite bus is ideally suited for IoT communications,” NanoAvionics chief executive officer Vytenis J. Buzas said. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Lacuna Space as it pioneers a new form of ubiquitous, low-cost IoT communications.”
Lacuna Space is deploying a constellation of 32 nanosatellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to form the Lacuna Network. The LoRa-based Space Gateway on each satellite in the network uses the long-range LoRaWAN® communications protocol to receive short data messages from IoT devices on the ground or at sea. Because the satellites travel in 500-kilometer polar orbits, the Lacuna Network will provide ubiquitous coverage for devices in regions without reliable wireless coverage.
“Satellites in the Lacuna Network will receive data directly from inexpensive battery-powered LoRa® IoT devices, even in the most remote parts of the world.” Lacuna Space chief executive officer Rob Spurret said. “Following the successful progress of our demonstration mission earlier this year, we are happy to be working with NanoAvionics in the further deployment of our constellation, thanks to support from ESA, UK Space Agency and our partner Semtech Corporation.”
The NanoAvionics M6P is a first preconfigured 6U nanosatellite bus in the market, suitable for high diversity of commercial and scientific missions. Its standardised design and configuration allows shorter lead times and reduced costs. M6P incorporates a green propulsion system and enables missions once reserved for much larger satellites. M6P-based satellites can perform maneuvers necessary for constellation deployment, formation flights, drag compensation and orbit maintenance. When reaching end-of-life, the propulsion system will send the small satellite on a course to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.
NanoAvionics will integrate Lacuna Space’s Space Gateway into the M6P bus as well as provide additional testing and launch services. The Indian Space Research Organisation has scheduled the satellite for launch on the PSLV in Q4 2020.
NanoAvionics is a Nano satellite Bus manufacturer and mission integrator. Its flagship multi-purpose M6P is the first preconfigured nano-satellite Bus in the sector, designed to serve emerging commercial space markets. The company’s efforts are focused on enabling critical satellite functions and optimizing their launch, hardware and operation costs – ranging from single missions to constellations. Its core engineering team has implemented over 75 successful satellite missions and commercial projects during the past several years.
ABOUT LACUNA SPACE:
Lacuna Space, located in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, provides low-cost, simple and reliable global connections to sensors and mobile equipment. The company provides an ultra-low cost tracking and detection service for short data messaging based on LoRaWAN® that is ubiquitous. The service works everywhere, and all the time, enabling companies to gather data from remote sensors or tracking the status of moving assets. For more information, visit www.lacuna.space.