Open Cosmos of the UK SpaceTech made a breakthrough in space technology by deploying two nanosatellites at the company’s Harwell Campus facility, which is also its headquarters in the country. The two nanosatellites left the Baikonur Cosmodrome for space aboard the Soyuz-2 rocket in Kazakhstan. The satellites were accompanied by South Korea’s Earth observation satellite CAS500-1 and about 30 other satellites. The first nanosatellite is the latest in a series of the Lacuna Space IoT constellation and will be offering a service through the LoRaWAN®. Additionally, the satellite has a new demonstrator satellite to ensure that the 5G Internet of Things (IoT) is deployed to even the marginalized and remote areas on Earth.
The UK Space Agency (UKSA) scrutinized the satellites before dispatching them to Kazakhstan for their missions. The tests were essential for the reception of the license to operate and to approve its compatibility with the requirements outlined by the Soyuz-2.1A rocket developers. The rocket unhinged the satellites after 500km from the Earth to ensure that they could offer connectivity services in remote areas. The satellites have been activated, and Open Cosmos will be checking on them from the four control stations spread across the globe. Luckily the control engineers will have an easy time since they can utilize OpenOps or Cosmos’s satellite operations software to run them with ease.
Open Cosmos is renowned for its versatile technology ranging from the manufacturing of satellites, preparing them for their missions, and running them to offer the services they were developed to provide. The company emerged as a desire for small businesses and governments to interact with data to help mitigate challenges like climate change, emergency resolution, and infrastructure development at agreeable prices.
The chief executive of Open Cosmos, Rafael Jordá, stated that these deployments are vital for offering IoT connectivity to rural areas which have been neglected for data collection. Open Cosmos and Lacuna Space have become Pioneers for the provision of connectivity to remote areas. These companies have also resolved the problem of unemployment by taking in over 20000 people to work in their facilities. This move spreads out the £15 billion income that the industry has been observed to generate annually.
On the other hand, Laguna Space links miniature sensors to the internet across the world. The company has employed its satellite technology to serve various industries, including agriculture, asset management, and utilities. These space technologies help advance the UK’s agenda of amassing a vast chunk of the global space industry market share.