Eutelsat It has commissioned a nanosatellite manufacturer Tyvak Internationala subsidiary of Orbital Terran, a leading aerospace supplier of microsatellites and nanosatellite. Eutelsat LEO for Objects (ELO) It will allow to evaluate the performance of the low-Earth orbit (LEO) for narrow band between objects data exchanges. The satellite operator will be based on technology of Sigfox, which operates a network of narrow-band global only dedicated to the Internet of things (IoT).
The low-Earth orbit is particularly suitable for networks of narrow band for objects. It can provide a link satellite anywhere in the world, complementing IoT terrestrial networks without impacting the cost or energy consumption of objects. ELO, whose launch is scheduled for 2019It will transmit data from objects located in areas that are not covered by terrestrial networks and provide redundancy within the area you’re Yes cover.
Sigfox will work with Eutelsat in two ways: analyze the spectrum used by the satellite in ISM frequency bands and processed data sent by objects. ELO will also serve to test connectivity in other frequency bands. The synergies developed through the partnership with Sigfox, as well as other strategic partners of the telecommunications industry, should generate opportunities for Eutelsat in a rapidly growing market.
Jean-Hubert Lenotte, director of strategy at Eutelsat, has ensured that “with the growth of the Internet of things, new services are being developed in various sectors such as smart cities, mining, agriculture and logistics. We are delighted to be able to explore new territories through the development of this nanosatellite, which once again shows the inherent complementarity between the terrestrial networks and satellite technology. Analyzing the compatibility between LEO orbit and connected objects and working with renowned partners of the sector, Eutelsat seeks to offer an innovative solution that will meet the needs of future customers.”
Located in a synchronous orbit the Sun between 500 and 600 km from alturathe satellite will collect data of objects connected around the world, equipped with the same Omni-directional antennas, which are already used by IoT terrestrial networks. The data are then transmitted daily to a ground station, located in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.
Photo: ELO, a nano-satellite dedicated to IoT (credit: Eutelsat)