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05 September 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Australian-funded Sky and Space Global says it has successfully completed full capability tests for phone calls, instant message, voice recording and image transfers through its trial nano-satellites.
The satellites, launched in June, are intended as prototypes
for a full fleet of 200, for which the company is seeking
funding. The company plans to be a wholesale operator, working
with local telecoms service providers.
The company said this successful transmission operation was
completed on multiple test runs over the past few days, using a
proprietary smartphone application.
CEO and managing director Meir Moalem said: "Today we fulfil
our promise to our shareholders, made 18 months ago. This is a
great achievement for Sky and Space Global and we are very
pleased to be announcing this news and setting a precedent in
the satellite communications industry. After months of hard
work we are starting to put our vision into practice."
The company said that this was the first time that a voice call
had been facilitated by nano-satellites. The technology will
enable low-cost satellite connectivity in remote locations and
in emerging markets that have no access to a communications
Sky and Space Global is owned through a share listing on the
Australian Stock Exchange. The company said it will focus on
building its constellation of 200 satellites, which will cover
the equatorial belt. It has signed its first binding commercial
contract with Sat-Space Africa, a pan-African communications
Moalem said: "Demonstrating that our nano-satellites are
capable of facilitating services such as sending a text message
and conducting a voice call at a very low cost is an important
step forward on our route to providing affordable communication
services to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Now we have passed this
critical technical milestone we can turn our full attention to
our constellation, to be fully deployed by 2020."
Sky and Space Global,