Sky and Space tests inter-satellite communication links


UK-based Sky and Latitude Global (SAS) has completed testing the inter-satellite links (ISL) between its three nanosatellites for materials rates up to two mega-symbols per second (Msps).

Representing the first inter-satellite communication of nanosatellites spreading hundreds of kilometres but for, the newly concluded test involved the three satellites of the SAS’ 3 Diamonds constellation.

Up to date month, all three satellites were launched aboard a PSLV zoom from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launch put at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, reported Aide Evolution Group.

“Successful testing of the inter-satellite link, being affirmed with data rates of up to 2Msps, is very exciting for us as a company and for the bigger space industry.”

The constellation has so far completed around 500 telemetry outs, generating more than 60h of telemetry.   

SAS CEO Meir Moalem said: “First testing of the inter-satellite link, being verified with data classes of up to 2Msps, is very exciting for us as a company and for the wider space industry, as we launch to put our disruptive technology and business model into practice.»

SAS further distinguished that the newly tested ISL is now working and ready for ground-to-space tests, which is slated to set out in around two weeks.

When the tests are completed, the 3 Diamonds constellation settle upon begin their commercial demonstration. When operational, it is expected to demand affordable communication services to people living in the equatorial region.

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