Turkish company launches world’s smallest satellite

Turkish company launches world’s smallest satellite

Startup Hello Space, described as Turkey's first commercial ‘pocketqube’ satellite venture, has launched what it describes as the world’s tiniest satellite – with the help of SpaceX.

Hello Space aims to send a pocketqube constellation into space and offer uninterrupted end-to-end IoT data services from space to businesses in agriculture, logistics, energy industries, and many more.

Istanbul, the first Hello Space, test pocketqube, with dimensions of 5cm x 5cm x 5cm, was launched into space this week from California, with the SpaceX Falcon-9 Transporter-8 mission.

Established in May 2022, Hello Space completed software and hardware production followed by a space launch in under 13 months. Concurrent with the pocketqube satellite production process, the Hello Space Ground Station was built to serve as the management and control center for the pocketqube satellite constellation.

Through its advanced narrowband data communication technology, Hello Space will provide continuous and reliable data services globally by providing coverage from space. Hello Space will be able to offer IoT services, even in remote areas with low population density and uncovered regions such as oceans and remote but significant agricultural lands.

If everything goes to plan, the services offered will include the provision of location data from containers shipped in the ocean, humidity data from remote agricultural lands, and end-to-end temperature data in long-distance cold-chain food logistics. Consistent, accurate data from space will improve the efficiency of businesses, says Hello Space.

Hello Space says is now getting ready for the deployment of four new test pocketqube satellites, planned to be launched in October 2023.


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