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Sky and Space Global
« on: 09/26/2017 03:04 pm »
This company has been mentioned before in various launch threads, but I'd like to start individual threads for companies planning/launching constellations.  Sky and Space Global is planning a constellation of small communications satellites in low inclination orbits.

Sky and Space Global website

Three prototype 3U cubesats (called the Three Diamonds) were launched June 23, 2017 on a PSLV rocket (launch discussion thread) .  The Three Diamonds were built by GomSpace.

At IAC 2017 they announced their new satellites, the Pearls.
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Tweet from Jeff Foust:
Sky and Space Global showing off the design of their new Pearl nanosats, based on 8U cubesat design. #IAC2017

The Pearl satellites are bigger (8U vs. 3U), more powerful (150W vs. 7W), and designed for a longer mission (4 years vs. 2 years) than the Diamonds.  They are expected to cost about $750k each to build and deploy.

Sky and Space is planning to launch their next satellites on Virgin Orbit rockets.
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Re: Sky and Space Global
« Reply #1 on: 09/29/2017 07:21 pm »
If I'm not mistaken there is one huge problem with 8U (10×20×40cm) cubesats. To my knowledge, there is only one deployer that supports this size; Nanoracks 12U NRCDS. But this deployer isn't certified for launch loads.
So if I'm not mistaken, there is no deployer (jet) to launch these 8U cubesats from. (The 20x20x20cm 8U can be launched from existing deployers.)
Possibly the pearls are 6U XL
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Re: Sky and Space Global
« Reply #2 on: 09/29/2017 07:34 pm »
Just looking at the picture they seem more like 15U than 8U to me?  The solar arrays are supposed to span 3m.
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Re: Sky and Space Global
« Reply #3 on: 10/18/2017 04:57 pm »
Sky and Space Global to Collaborate with D-Orbit on Launch and Deployment of the SAS Nanosatellite Constellation
18 October 2017

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• Sky and Space Global (SAS) has signed a binding agreement with Italian space system company, D-Orbit, to provide launch and deployment services for the upcoming roll-out of the SAS nanosatellite constellation
• The partnership will allow SAS to maximize the operational capabilities and potential revenue generation for their upcoming nanosatellite constellation
• The agreement follows the recent announcement of the Pearls, the next generation of SAS nanosatellites, which will be launched into space and were unveiled at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide in September
• This partnership demonstrates SAS’ strong commitment to the success of its constellation launch plans and delivering on its promises to investors and shareholders


Sky and Space Global (ASX:SAS) is delighted to announce that it has signed a binding agreement with D-Orbit, an Italian space system company, to provide launch and deployment services for the upcoming roll-out of the SAS nanosatellite constellation.

D-Orbit offers a unique launch and deployment service specifically tailored for nanosatellites which will allow SAS to maximize the operational capabilities and potential revenue generation for their upcoming constellation. Following the industry-leading success of the first phone call in space facilitated by nanosatellites, Sky and Space Global is planning to launch a constellation of 200 nanosatellites by 2020. The constellation will provide full coverage of the equatorial areas of South America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Sky and Space Global unveiled the design of the ‘Pearls’, its new generation of nanosatellites which will be launching into space, during the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. The first Pearls nanosatellites will be launched in 2018 and are designed to achieve SAS’ ultimate goal of providing affordable communication services around the world. The satellites will be controlled by a proprietary network management software platform enabling the constellation to automatically manage, monitor, and control its motions in orbit.

D-Orbit will support the launch and deployment of the nanosatellites in space via its ‘InOrbit NOW’ services. Through precision deployment and fast dispersion, D-Orbit aims to allow space missions to start faster, and in optimal operational conditions.

[D-Orbit page for 'InOrbit NOW']

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Re: Sky and Space Global
« Reply #4 on: 03/24/2018 03:15 pm »
[Via Satellite] Sky and Space Global’s First Satellites Now Generating Revenues
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Sky and Space Global announced that the Three Diamonds, its first set of nanosatellites, are fully operational and have started to generate revenue from existing customers. Revenues are expected to ramp up to approximately AU$1 million ($770,800) per year from existing customers only over the coming months.

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Sky and Space Global is on track to complete its first launch of the Pearl nanosatellites ...during Q1 2019 and complete the full deployment of 200 Pearls by end of 2020.

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Re: Sky and Space Global
« Reply #5 on: 03/24/2018 03:27 pm »
Sky and Space Global (ASX:SAS) is delighted to announce that it has signed a binding agreement with D-Orbit, an Italian space system company, to provide launch and deployment services for the upcoming roll-out of the SAS nanosatellite constellation.
Hmmm.

Isn't deorbit what you do at the end of life?  :)

All joking apart it sounds like a reasonable cost and size of constellation but does anyone know who their target customers are?
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