February, 2021 — Fleet Space Technologies are set to launch their fifth nanosatellite, Centauri 3 next month aboard Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast mission, taking off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.
Centauri 3 is Fleet Space’s fifth and most advanced Commercial Nanosatellite to go to orbit, adding to their planned 140 strong constellation. The constellation will provide global satellite connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The commercial nanosatellite’s communication payload has been developed in-house by the highly skilled and experienced Fleet Space team of engineers, and boasts a huge 119x improvement in data capacity from the previous Centauri 2 payload. The payload on Centauri 3 is roughly the size of a shoe box and weighs 2.9kg, and total satellite weight is 11.3kg.
The newly designed 6U nanosatellite will join Fleet Space’s constellation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at 550 km, which is powering a global network of connected devices deployed across the globe. These devices are revolutionising the resource and mining industries, as well as providing technologies for Earth, Moon and Mars through their SEVEN SISTERS moon mission in 2023, to search for abundant, accessible water, in support of NASA’s Artemis Program.
Fleet Space CEO Flavia Tata Nardini says “it is an extraordinary day for Fleet Space as we launch our fifth commercial nanosatellite- our most advanced payload yet. Global critical infrastructure is challenged by asset remoteness, and requires secure two-way communications as well as the ability to remotely manage their assets. Fleet Space has worked for many years to create these world first features that underpin the real internet from space for things, putting the company as a leader in critical infrastructure IoT management around the world”.
“Our Centauri 3 carries our 25th payload manufactured by Fleet Space, and it is our most advanced generation yet, representing the beginning of volume manufacturing of space hardware in South Australia that will lead to a constellation of 140 nanosatellites.”
This is the second launch in which Fleet Space has used Rocket Lab, who previously launched their Proxima I and Proxima II in 2018 from Mahia in New Zealand. Rocket Lab is a leading space systems company and launch provider dedicated to small satellite launches, and this latest launch is scheduled to lift-off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula in mid-March. Named They Go Up So Fast, this mission will be Rocket Lab’s 19th Electron launch, and 100th overall.
Peter Beck, Rocket Lab founder and CEO, says “we’re delighted to be delivering tailored access to orbit for our customers once again, many of whom have previously launched on Electron. With Photon, and likewise with the Kick Stage, we’re able to give our customers an unmatched level of control over their orbital insertion, even when flying as a rideshare,” he said.
Despite the difficulties in the supply chain during 2020, Fleet Space has delivered on time another satellite with incredible features and performance that will propel the company towards mass production of their satellite family.
Fleet Space Technologies is an Australian nanosatellite company building a global digital nervous system to power the next industrial revolution.
About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the world’s leading dedicated small satellite launch provider. Founded in 2006, Rocket Lab provides end-to-end mission services, including complete satellite build and launch solutions, that provide rapid, frequent and reliable access to space. Since its first orbital launch in January 2018, Rocket Lab has delivered 97 satellites to orbit on the Electron launch vehicle, enabling operations in space debris mitigation, Earth observation, ship and airplane tracking, and radio communications. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Rocket Lab designs and manufactures the Electron launch vehicle and Photon satellite platform. Electron is a full carbon-composite launch vehicle tailored for small satellites. Photon is a complete spacecraft bus solution that can be tailored for a range of missions. Together Electron and Photon offer an all-inclusive spacecraft build and launch service for Rocket Lab customers. Rocket Lab operates launch sites in Māhia, New Zealand and Wallops Island, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.rocketlabusa.com.