UK SpaceTech Open Cosmos launches two satellites to bring connectivity to hard-to-reach areas across the globe

Mar 24, 2021
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Leading UK SpaceTech firm Open Cosmos has achieved a major milestone in its mission to democratise space with the launch of two commercial nanosatellites created entirely at its Harwell Campus-based HQ in the heart of the UK’s space industry. The launch on Monday saw two Open Cosmos nanosatellites launched into the skies aboard the Soyuz-2 rocket from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan where Sputnik was launched, along with the South Korean Earth observation satellite CAS500-1, and around 30 other satellites. One of the Open Cosmos satellites is the latest addition to the Lacuna Space IoT constellation, which provides a service using LoRaWAN®, a leading open global standard for IoT LPWAN connectivity, along with a new demonstrator satellite for telecoms operator Sateliot to provide 5G Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities in remote areas across the globe. The satellites travelled to Kazakhstan, after passing strict testing in controlled environments and receiving the operations license from the UK Space Agency (UKSA). The device was then integrated into the deployer in the rocket, which when the Soyuz-2.1A rocket hit 500km from Earth, was ejected in order to take up its mission to travel around the earth and provide connectivity services…

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