Imagine if you've got to create a constellation of satellites in four years... where to begin?
GomSpace ApS ("GomSpace”) a subsidiary of GS Sweden AB (publ) is up to the task and was selected by Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. to accomplish this enormous task for approximately 35.0 to 55.0 million euros depending on several options including development, services and choice of satellites. GomSpace's mission is to be engaged in the global market for space systems and services by introducing new products, i.e., components, platforms and systems based on innovation within professional nanosatellites.
The first three Diamond satellites will launch during Q2 of 2017. The Sky and Space Global business strategy is to provide nanosatellite communication coverage on an anywhere-to-everywhere basis with relatively low maintenance costs. The expertise of the founders enables them to plan that the business will be able to develop and upgrade capabilities within short intervals, using unique IP-nanosat network software protocols that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nanosatellites to provide global coverage once a sufficient global network of nano-satellites is deployed. The new contract is ready for the delivery of the constellation, and the first batch of satellites from this new contract will be ready to launch in 2018.
“GomSpace is extremely excited to be part of this ground-breaking project from Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. With this project, we believe that Sky and Space Global, seconded by GomSpace, is on the verge of a breakthrough for nanosatellites in the professional low-Earth orbit satellite business,” said Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.
“We are getting very close to the launch of our first three Diamonds mission, to which GomSpace is already a key supplier, and our goal is to build a communication network based on a constellation of nanosatellites. This contract with GomSpace is another step towards a commercial, revenue generating service. We are very happy to continue working with GomSpace which have proven their value and capabilities,” said Meir Moalem, CEO of Sky and Space Global Ltd.