Any 5G device that has been upgraded to Rel 17 NTN can directly connect to the satellite using an onboard module that supports NB-IoT.
Barcelona-based To democratise access to the Internet of Things, Sateliot launched Sateliot_0 “The GroundBreaker,” the first-ever 5G standard LEO satellite. After three unsuccessful attempts due to weather, the launch took place Friday night at 11:47 p.m. Pacific Time from Vandenberg US Space Force Base in California.
The GroundBreaker is the first in a constellation of 250 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that will serve as virtual cell towers. Users don’t need to buy any additional hardware, such as antennae or modems, to easily migrate from a terrestrial to a non-terrestrial 5G network. Additionally, they are able to continue using their present SIM cards and mobile service providers thanks to Sateliot’s regular roaming arrangements.
The GroundBreaker can cover an area three times the size of Texas with its 22 lb weight and completes a full Earth orbit in about 90 minutes. Any 5G device that has been upgraded to Rel 17 NTN can directly connect to the satellite using an onboard module that supports NB-IoT.
The primary point of distinction for Sateliot is the smooth expansion of NB-IoT telecom operator’s coverage that will be made possible by its technology. In other words, the end user will be able to connect to terrestrial or satellite networks using unmodified regular 5G devices. Additionally, Sateliot’s asset-light business model enables connectivity prices to be a tiny fraction of what they are right now.
The business has agreements in place with major international telecoms carriers and businesses, and it already has a sales pipeline worth more than €1.2 billion. By 2026, €1 billion in revenue and €370 million in EBITDA are the targets.
A deployer, or orbital insertion system, resembling a box, has been used to attach the satellite to the rocket. Once the satellite enters orbit, this deployer contains mechanisms that give it a boost. The sequencer will instruct the satellite to be expelled and activated once the rocket reaches the predetermined position. The satellite will take off, and the major subsystems will receive an electric supply.
The mission’s symbol was a multicoloured, flaming dragon designed in the Gaudi style by Sateliot. It is a tribute to Catalan master artist Gaudi and a nod to Barcelona, making it a clear allusion to Sateliot, which was founded in Barcelona and has global ambitions as evidenced by the growth of its San Diego headquarters.