This company represents a first in which narrowband connectivity of nano-satellites enabled someone to make a phone call. Until recently nano-satellites have been predominantly used for Earth observation but with advancements in miniature space technology their capabilities have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years.
Sky and Space Global is the first company to successfully use narrowband connectivity provided by nano-satellites to deliver a voice call. What is unique about the Sky and Space Global service offering is that it delivers phone call, text and data services at a fraction of the cost of traditional satellite communications providers.
Along with enabling a voice call, the 3 Diamonds nano-satellites, which Sky and Space Global recently launched into space, have also demonstrated their capability to facilitate the exchange of text messages, voice recordings and images between different users. As part of this process, Sky and Space has successfully tested the “store and forward” capability of its technology, which includes sending a message to the satellite, keeping it in satellite memory and downloading it to a receiver.
The company has also demonstrated that its services can provide indoor connectivity, by enabling users to install a Radio Frequency (RF) section on a roof top or another outdoor area and connecting it to an indoor Wifi hot-spot to add multiple users to the network.
This achievement further validates Sky and Space Global’s technology and its ability to deliver affordable satellite communication services to anyone, anytime, anywhere. The company will continue testing for advanced capabilities in preparation for the commercial deployments of its nanosatellites.