Sky and Space Global Ltd (SAS), a new space UK company listed in the Australian Stock Exchange, has completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of its Pearls satellites. The company has announced that it can now proceed with its assembly and integration of the nano-satellite network. The CDR process was undertaken by global aerospace construction partner GomSpace a European based, Nasdaq listed contractor, specialising in the construction and testing of bespoke nano-satellites.
SAS says it will deploy a constellation of 200 highly sophisticated nano-satellites over the Equatorial Belt. The network of nano-satellites are said to provide around the clock affordable voice, data, instant messaging, M2M and IoT communications; enabling SAS to implement its vision to provide communication services to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
The company says that its services will also bring to the equatorial region a huge range of life savings and other services, including search and rescue, disaster management, emergency response, security alarms and recreational tracking. This is in addition to many other services including mobile applications, offshore communications, smart farming, interactive TV, airplane, vessel and animal tracking, water and electric metering, grid monitoring and ATM.
“We have successfully completed the CDR with GomSpace, reaching another milestone and remaining on track for next year’s planned launch,” says Meir Moalem, co-founder, managing director and chief executive officer at SAS. He articulates that the positive results from the CDR validate the company’s technology, which supports its strategy aimed at achieving the goal of providing connectivity to remote geographical locations.
The CDR process assessed all technical components including; schedule, overall design, altitude control performance and system budgets (mass, power and link), to ensure each part is of the highest quality and meets the required standard to progress to the construction phase.
The review concluded that the design presented by GomSpace to SAS complies with the requirements, and the Pearls can now progress to assembly and integration, which will also be undertaken by GomSpace.
Assembly and integration are scheduled to commence immediately and construction of the first batch of Pearls is expected to be completed on time for the planned launch.
Once construction and integration are complete, the nano-satellites will then pass through additional technical assessments and testing including a final acceptance test before launch.