The Australia-based nanosatellite industry player Sky & Space Global (SAS) in its recent announcement has revealed that it has efficaciously completed its commercial testing program with a Pan-America MSS (Mobile Satellite Service) consortium – Globalsat.
Sources cite that the two companies will work in tandem to formalize a commercial agreement that would see SAS’s nanosatellites deployed as part of Globalsat’s IoT and M2M services in the region. According to reports, Globalsat will use the Equatorial Constellation narrowband communication network of SAS to provide mobile connectivity to Central & South America.
Meir Moalem, CEO, Sky & Space Global, was quoted stating that the company is pleased to announce that the testing program with Globalsat was a great success and is now excited about its active rolling commercial discussions. He further added that their combined successful test marks the world’s first operation that used a nanosatellite for communication in the American continent and was certain that many more are poised to follow.
For the record, SAS agreed to a deal with Globalsat earlier in 2018 and included a two-phase testing stage i.e. commercial testing & lab testing. The completion of both the stages authenticates the compatibility of SAS’s technology, while also complimenting its broader business model as a whole.
CEO of Globalsat, J. Alberto Palacios called the successful completion of its testing program a game-changer in the nanosatellite market as the technology is meant to transform the face of narrowband satellite communications.
For those uninitiated, SAS launched its first 3 nanosatellites knows as the 3 Diamonds with the help of India’s PSLV rocket in June 2017. After three months, SAS successfully completed the world’s first instant messaging, phone calls, image transfers, and voice recording, using nanosatellites.
Sources familiar with the matter further report that the renowned nanosatellite industry major plans to develop a full 200-nanosatellite narrowband constellation by 2020 end, that will operate in the S-band and focus on providing equatorial coverage.