Fast-growing Australian Internet of Things (IoT) startup Fleet Space Technologies has today announced launch plans for the first of two nanosatellites, Centauri I and II, in 2018.
The first of Fleet Space Technologies’ nanosatellites is under contract to launch with Spaceflight aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) by Antrix/ISRO. Fleet Space Technologies’ second nanosatellite will launch on Spaceflight’s SSO-A mission; Spaceflight has a contract to launch a collection of small satellites on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base no earlier than the second half of 2018.
Fleet Space Technologies is developing nanosatellite technology (satellites weighing less than 10kg, roughly the size of a shoebox) in partnership with some of the world’s leading aerospace engineers. Its first satellite will establish a global network that will connect the world’s sensors and devices, for free. Just one satellite has the ability to cover 90% of the Earth.
Over the coming years, the Adelaide-based business will create a constellation of nanosatellites to create a scalable, global network to help connect many of the 75 billion sensors expected to dot the world over the next decade, laying the foundations for the next industrial revolution. Fleet Space Technologies’ nanosatellites will bring mass-scale efficiencies for industries like agriculture, mining, and logistics by enabling businesses to gather complex, revealing data to improve operations.
“It’s a huge milestone to have secured our first satellite launches with incredible organisations. We’re thrilled to work alongside some of the world’s leading space innovators to help transform industries down on Earth,” said Fleet Space Technologies co-founder and CEO, Flavia Tata Nardini.
Nanosatellite technology is ushering in unprecedented connectivity at a fraction of the cost of large scale, multinational space exploration projects, with lean manufacturing capabilities, simpler technologies and smaller payloads.
“Our world is facing huge challenges in the upcoming years with exponential population growth, rapid resource depletion, intensifying extreme weather events and heightening environmental issues,” Tata Nardini said. “At Fleet Space Technologies, our constellation of nanosatellites will power the next industrial revolution, giving businesses new access to data and connectivity, so that many of these issues can be solved, from space.”
Fleet Space Technologies is undertaking a variety of pilot projects to develop the technology, with applications ranging from precision agriculture and virtual fences to maritime logistics and mining. This year, Fleet Space Technologies also began selling the Portal, an IoT hub that takes information from sensors within a 15km radius, and delivers only the most pertinent information via edge computing. The Portal will allow businesses to scale their IoT capability quicker and more affordably.
Curt Blake, President of Spaceflight added: “We’re seeing some very ambitious and innovative space startups born in Australia, and Fleet Space Technologies is no exception. We’re looking forward to helping them reach the skies and advance the next generation of space exploration.”
Fleet Space Technologies is headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, and has offices in Los Angeles and The Netherlands.
Fleet is building the global digital nervous system to power the next industrial revolution. When launched, it will provide free, global connectivity to the more than 75 billion connected devices that will transform industries around the world by 2025.
Fleet was founded in South Australia in 2015 by aerospace engineers who wanted to solve the issue facing businesses globally over the next decade: how to connect billions of sensors and devices, simply and cheaply. Fleet will launch the first of more than 100 planned nanosatellites in 2018, creating a global, free connectivity network that will plug directly into the millions of digital sensors already beginning to transform industries like agriculture, logistics, and mining and gas.
Fleet is backed by Blackbird Ventures, Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures, Horizon Partners, and the South Australian Government. It was founded by aerospace engineers, CEO Flavia Nardini, CTO Dr Matthew Tetlow and co-founder Matt Pearson.
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