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Offline lukelol

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Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« on: 01/01/2019 09:26 pm »
FCC Application
https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-LOA-20181221-00094

150 microsats,
0.31 to 0.45 kilograms
11x11x2.8 cm
Antennas are 114 cm from tip to tip and are released once in orbit
more details here https://fcc.report/IBFS/SAT-LOA-20181221-00094/1592875

« Last Edit: 01/02/2019 02:41 pm by gongora »

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 microsats
« Reply #1 on: 01/02/2019 01:18 pm »
These are definitely too small to call them microsats (which are much bigger, typically 10 to 100 kg wet mass). The Swarm satellites rather qualify as picosats (less than 1 kg).
See here for smallsat classification.
 
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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #2 on: 01/08/2019 05:25 am »
Considering the FCC was screaming bloody murder over the SpaceBee picosats being less than 3cm edge on being a nav hazard due to space fence radar passive detection capabilities, and fined the SpaceBro's $900k for that unlicensed launch, these guys have balls for trying again with the same dimensions.

Due to the US government shutdown, we can't see the PDF. How are they going to address the passive detection problem this time around?

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #3 on: 01/08/2019 02:06 pm »
Considering the FCC was screaming bloody murder over the SpaceBee picosats being less than 3cm edge on being a nav hazard due to space fence radar passive detection capabilities, and fined the SpaceBro's $900k for that unlicensed launch, these guys have balls for trying again with the same dimensions.

Due to the US government shutdown, we can't see the PDF. How are they going to address the passive detection problem this time around?

They attached studies of tracking on their first SpaceBee sats.  (If you have a link into the IBFS site you can still access those filings, they just turned off the home page and search page.  On the ELS side it's all down.)
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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #4 on: 01/08/2019 05:51 pm »
Considering the FCC was screaming bloody murder over the SpaceBee picosats being less than 3cm edge on being a nav hazard due to space fence radar passive detection capabilities, and fined the SpaceBro's $900k for that unlicensed launch, these guys have balls for trying again with the same dimensions.

Due to the US government shutdown, we can't see the PDF. How are they going to address the passive detection problem this time around?

They attached studies of tracking on their first SpaceBee sats.  (If you have a link into the IBFS site you can still access those filings, they just turned off the home page and search page.  On the ELS side it's all down.)

TL:DR Radar reflectors; four on each satellite.
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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #5 on: 01/09/2019 03:43 am »
Swarm, after FCC blunder, hires satellite regulatory veteran Kalpak Gude
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Swarm Technologies, a satellite communications startup infamous for launching four satellites without regulatory approval last year, has hired Kalpak Gude, a well-known spectrum and regulatory expert, to lead its global regulatory activity.
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Gude previously handled regulatory affairs at global satellite fleet operator Intelsat before moving into a similar role at OneWeb, a SoftBank-funded startup preparing to deploy hundreds of broadband smallsats. Gude also handled regulatory activity for Panamsat, a satellite operator Intelsat bought in 2006.

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #6 on: 01/09/2019 08:47 pm »
Swarm, after FCC blunder, hires satellite regulatory veteran Kalpak Gude
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Swarm Technologies, a satellite communications startup infamous for launching four satellites without regulatory approval last year, has hired Kalpak Gude, a well-known spectrum and regulatory expert, to lead its global regulatory activity.
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Gude previously handled regulatory affairs at global satellite fleet operator Intelsat before moving into a similar role at OneWeb, a SoftBank-funded startup preparing to deploy hundreds of broadband smallsats. Gude also handled regulatory activity for Panamsat, a satellite operator Intelsat bought in 2006.

That's a very sensible way to regain confidence with the regulatory authorities.

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #7 on: 01/25/2019 01:54 pm »
Swarm raises $25 million for smallsat constellation
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Swarm Technologies, the startup that ran afoul of the FCC last year for its unauthorized launch, has raised $25 million to continue building and deploying a constellation of 150 very small satellites.

Palo Alto, California-based Swarm said Jan. 24 that it has raised more than $28 million in total since forming in 2017. The new Series A funds will go toward deploying the company’s full constellation over the next 18 months, as well as adding new hires and boosting technology development.

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #8 on: 01/25/2019 09:37 pm »
Swarm raises $25 million for smallsat constellation
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Swarm Technologies, the startup that ran afoul of the FCC last year for its unauthorized launch, has raised $25 million to continue building and deploying a constellation of 150 very small satellites.

Palo Alto, California-based Swarm said Jan. 24 that it has raised more than $28 million in total since forming in 2017. The new Series A funds will go toward deploying the company’s full constellation over the next 18 months, as well as adding new hires and boosting technology development.

Man, I must be getting old.  I remember when flouting FCC regs, launching without a license and getting fined nearly $1m would have doomed a company overnight – instead they raise $28m.

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Re: Swarm Technologies Applies to operate 150 sats
« Reply #9 on: 02/12/2019 02:08 am »
Here SpaceQ podcast with Sarah CEO.

https://spaceq.ca/swarm-technologies-moves-past-controversial-year/

Satellites orbits are 400-550km. No propulsion or gyros on sats, have some passive means to make them always face earth. Life is 3-4yrs before deorbiting naturally. Size is 1/4U 100x100x25mm.
Expect to have 150 sat constellation operational mid 2020.

They support IoT size data eg 100-200byte packets. Offering Tilebee for single devices /sensors and also solar powered LoRa gateway for groups of devices.

I've asked for info on these devices as our company supports few Lora devices and rural coverage is an issue.

 Given launch cost of about $80k for 1U should be around $20k so $3M to launch there 150 sat constellation. I'd expect it to be lot lower when constellation needs replacing in 3years, given flood of small LVs coming online in next few years.

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