New Nanosatellite Boosts Connectivity
Boosting Connectivity from Space
NSLComm, an Israel based aerospace startup, just launched into space its expandable nanosatellite. The satellite expands to greatly boost its connectivity capacity 100-times. The nanosatellite was part of the payload aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket and launched this weekend from eastern Russia. Commercial and educational satellites from the US, Germany, France and the UK were also onboard.
There are flexible dish antennas that expand in space when the nanosatellites are in position. That enables greater bandwidth and internet speeds 100 times faster than current top nanosatellites, according to NSLComm. Ground crews are able to control the antennas to turn the supply to specific locations on the ground that are in need of increased bandwidth. The Israeli company says their technology is a unique answer to meeting the growing global connectivity demands at lower costs.
NSLComm is working with automotive, telecom and travel companies to test their technology in space. They hope to first sell into the government, internet of things technology and automotive markets. They believe their space mission will demonstrate that their technology delivers high speed satellite communications faster, cheaper and more effectively than anything else to date. NSLComm is part of Israel's "New Space" industry engaged in privately backed spaceflight. They expect to launch 30 of their satellites by 2021.