Five Astrocast nanosatellites were successfully deployed in low-Earth orbit earlier this year and will be the first to deliver commercial services. They follow two precursor satellites launched in 2018 and 2019. Another set of five will be launched during this summer, after which Astrocast is aiming to launch 20 to 30 satellites annually.
"This is a critical milestone for both Astrocast and a long list of customers and partners,” said Fabien Jordan, Astrocast CEO. “With the Astrocast Network, our customers will have two-way communications with their IoT assets, even in some of the world's most remote and challenging regions. And these five satellites are just the beginning."
This success marks Airbus' first commercial achievement in delivering IoT end-to-end solutions. Work started some years ago thanks to internal and collaborative R&D activities with the support of the French Government's General Directorate for Enterprise, along with public funding received through the Future Investments Programme.