All our hard work on the ambitious OneWeb Satellites mission for a mega constellation of small satellites, allowing for global internet, results in two great news:

  1. The next 34 launched satellites are all working perfectly fine – our deployment mechanisms performed as well as expected.
  2. On February 11th, 2020, SpaceTech has been awarded by OneWeb Satellites as best small company performer, being one of over 100 suppliers on the project. All in all, they awarded 7 companies for their outstanding performance. We feel honored and are proud of our innovative, smart, super-fast and low-cost solution, especially for this project. Once again, we see this path being confirmed as the right track of our future in the evolving and changing space industry worldwide.

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Thank you OneWeb Satellites – Thank you STI team!

 

Thursday, 6th February 2020 - Tonight, the next 34 OneWeb satellites will be launched with a Soyuz medium-lift launcher by Arianespace. This, being a milestone of the Airbus OneWeb (AOS) mission for a mega constellation of small satellites, allowing for global satellite-based internet.

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Mission goal

The AOS mega constellation will provide high-speed, low latency services (3G, LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi coverage) to a wide range of sectors, such as aviation, maritime, enterprise, backhaul services, community Wi-Fi, government, emergency response services and more. OneWeb’s most important goal however is connecting schools and bridging the digital divide for people everywhere.

Status

About one year ago, on February 27th, 2019, the initial 6 OneWeb satellites had been successfully orbited. These 40 build the base for the planned mega constellation of 900 small satellites being put in the Low Earth Orbit until 2021.

Witness the Soyuz launch start today 10.42 pm in the live stream of Arianespace's youtube channel >

 

Dr. Kolja Nicklaus, Business Development SpaceTech GmbH, steht Andreas Herrler vom SWR Rede und Antwort zum zweiten Versuch das Projekt ICARUS zum Erfolg zu führen. Welchen Anteil trägt SpaceTech an der Mission und wie sehen die nächsten Schritte aus?

SWR Aktuell Radio, ausgesendet am 06.12.2019

 

After replacing the faulty power supply of the ICARUS computer, the exchange unit has been successfully launched on December 6th and arrived at the ISS today.
It is foreseen to connect the computer to the antenna on the 16th of December and tests will resume afterwards. We are thrilled to seeing ICARUS finally in operation!

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On December 4th, shipment of the second set of solar arrays for the Sentinel 6/Jason-CS Satellite B left the SpaceTech headquarters. We delivered the solar arrays to Airbus Defence and Space, where the containers arrived safely in the Airbus cleanroom. Being a milestone to the work of the joint project team, all flight hardware under STI responsibility is now delivered.

For STI, the Jason-CS is another successful solar array project that will be finished on time, on cost and -most important- on quality!

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SpaceTech jason cs solar arrays2Sentinel 6/Jason-CS solar arrays: picture 1) second set for satellite B packed at the STI clean room, picture 2) final delivery being loaded at STI headquarters for transportation, picture 3) flasher test of first delivery of STI solar arrays on satellite A at the Airbus clean room

Satellite AIT and launch

The shipset for Satellite A was already delivered in April this year. The solar array was successfully mounted to the satellite structure by Airbus. Satellite A currently undergoes its environmental test campaign and is scheduled for launch end of 2020.
Satellite B is in assembly at the moment and the solar array will be mounted within the next months.

Mission details

The Jason-CS mission is part of the Copernicus program and continues the ocean topography missions started in 1992. Jason satellite altimetry data provides sea surface and wave heights for determining ocean circulation, climate change and sea-level rise. These measurements are necessary for ocean modeling, forecasting El Niño/La Niña events, and hurricane intensity prediction. The science objectives include weather, water and climate research.