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  • 23 January 2017 11:21

Sky & Space Global 3 Diamonds Assembly Completed - Integration and Verification Testing Underway

Sky and Space Global announces that the construction of the company’s 3 Diamonds nano-satellites subsystems has been completed on schedule, with extensive software and hardware testing now underway.

Highlights

  • The Company confirms its 3 commercial demonstration nano-satellites, the “3 Diamonds”, have completed construction of all hardware and operating systems on schedule at Gomspace’s construction facility in Denmark
  • Assembly of the 3 Diamonds, Red, Green and Blue, has been completed on time and budget
  • Each nano-satellite is now undergoing a detailed Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) process to rigorously evaluate all systems ahead of launch in early Q2 2017
  • Company and GomSpace expect all three nano-satellites to be designated as “Ready for Launch” by mid-February 2017 following this process, in-line with the operating schedule
  • Company has appointed communications device manufacturer Ayecka Communications Systems to build prototype hotspots, allowing SAS to test the 3 Diamonds network functionality and operating capabilities ahead of launch
  • Ayecka hotspots will allow any mobile device, including tablets, to connect to the SAS satellite network using WiFi and a dedicated application
  • Following completion of the AIV testing, the nano-satellites will be transported to the launch site at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India after integration to the launch Pod, 6 weeks prior to the launch date [L-6 weeks]

    Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the construction of the Company’s 3 Diamonds nano-satellites subsystems have been completed on schedule, with extensive software and hardware testing now underway.

    Importantly the full assembly of the 3 Diamonds, Red, Green and Blue has also been completed.

    The 3 Diamonds nano-satellites are now undergoing an Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) process to rigorously test functionalities ahead of launch in Q2 2017. With the recent completion of the Assembly stage, the testing proceeded to the Integration and Verification phase.

    The testing process that the nano-satellites will undergo includes the full functional tests of all subsystems to ensure systems are functioning as required; testing of ground control and hotspot user device satellite interfaces; and, environmental testing of mechanical and thermal systems for launch approval. The 3 Diamonds: Red, Green and Blue are undergoing testing in phases. The Red nano-satellite has already completed the entire process and has been designated as “Ready to Launch”. Green and Blue are currently undergoing the Integration and Verification process, which is expected to complete within a week. All nano-satellites are expected to be designated as “Ready for Launch” by mid-February 2017, as planned. Engagement with Ayecka Communications Systems for Hotspot Connectivity to SAS Network

    As part of the process, the Company has appointed communications device manufacturer Ayecka Communications Systems Ltd to build prototype hotspots. Ayecka Communications Systems is a communications devices manufacturer that provides satellite communications systems to large telecommunication companies such as Eutelsat. These hotspots will allow several mobile devices, including tablets, to connect to the SAS satellite network using WiFi and a dedicated application. The hotspots will allow SAS to test the network software capabilities of the 3 Diamonds. The hotspots and the 3 Diamonds will participate in an end-to-end test to verify voice, instant messaging and data transfer from mobile devices.

    Following the completion of testing, and integration into the launch Pod, the nano-satellites will be securely transported to the ISRO’s launch site at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India for launch preparation. The nano-satellites will be delivered to the launch site 6 weeks prior to the launch date [L-6 weeks]. All testing processes will be complete ahead of launch on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) scheduled for Q2 2017.

    Sky and Space Global’s CTO, Mr. Meidad Pariente said: “We are pleased to meet the planned schedule, and happy with the test results so far. Anyone who has participated in such projects knows that it requires a team of dedicated and professional engineers to cope with the challenges and meet the budget and schedule."

    "We're also very happy to work with Ayecka on our prototypes that will allow any mobile device to become a satellite communicator and test the communications network our 3 Diamonds will provide."

    --Ends--

    For further information, please contact:
    Media

    Ben Grubb
    Media & Capital Partners
    P: +61 414 197 508
    E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au

    Sky and Space Global Ltd
    Brett Mitchell
    Executive Director - Australia
    P: +61 8 9389 2000
    E: brett@skyandspace.global

    About Sky and Space Global Ltd
    World Experts and Highly Disruptive Business Plan

    Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited, a UK incorporated company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts, plans to deploy nano-satellites constellations in orbit to provide global communication infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries.

    The Company is fully funded for all its activities in 2017, including the launch of its “3 Diamonds” pilot network with the Indian Space Research Organization, kickoff and design of the constellation, and technical progress with virgin galactic on LauncherOne setup for the first constellation launch in 2018.

    The core Sky and Space Global business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop the highly complex and sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to give a global coverage.

    Sky and Space Global aims to provide low cost, nano-satellite communication coverage on an anywhere to everywhere base with relatively low maintenance costs. Due to the experience and expertise of the founders in the aerospace industry, the business will be able to develop with inherent upgrading capabilities within short intervals, utilising their unique IP-nanosat software protocols.

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