18 May 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
An Australian-backed company is to launch the first three of a planned fleet of 200 new nano-satellites in the third week of June.
Sky and Space Global (SAS) says the satellites will provide
affordable communication services to those who are currently
underserved across the equatorial belt.
CEO Meir Moalem said: "Our satellites will arrive any day now
to the launch site in India and will be integrated to the
… launcher. These are exciting times for us as a
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has the contract
to launch the first three satellites, but SAS has given the
contract for the other 197 to Launcher One, the new launcher of
Virgin Orbit – formerly Virgin Galactic.
SAS, which is based in London but owned by a company quoted on
the Australian Stock Exchange, hopes the launches will start in
the second half of 2018 and that deployment will be complete in
All satellites, including the first three, are being made by a
Danish company, GomSpace, based in Aalborg. SAS has raised an
initial $7.4 million and is seeking to raise the rest of the
Sky and Space Global,