● A Gaudi-style dragon, chosen as the badge for Sateliot’s second mission
● The GroundBreaker will mark the start of the 64-satellite constellation planned for the next 18 months
San Diego, April 10, 2023- A SpaceX Falcon 9 launches tomorrow from Vandenberg U.S. Space Force Base in California carrying Sateliot_0 “The GroundBreaker”, the first-ever 5G standard LEO satellite, to democratize access to the Internet of Things.
Sateliot has prepared a special event to follow the satellite launch live. It will count with the presence of Jaume Sanpera, Marco Guadalupi, Carlos Riopedre, Gianluca Redolfi, and other company managers. Sanpera will highlight the importance of the satellite for the company and Guadalupi will be commenting on the launching process. The event will be live on Sateliot’s Youtube channel at 8:15 am CET/ 11:15 pm PST.
Sateliot, the Spanish company launching The Groundbreaker to give standard coverage for 5G IoT, chose a multicolor, fire-spitting, Gaudi-style dragon as the mission insignia.
The dragon symbolizes strength, confidence, and knowledge. It is an homage to the Catalan master artist Gaudi and a nod to Barcelona, a clear reference to Sateliot: born in Barcelona, with global presence and aspirations, as seen as its San Diego office takes off.
The name Groundbreaker has been chosen for its disruptive character. No other orbiting LEO satellite delivers 5G standard technology yet, so Sateliot is setting a milestone in satellite telecommunications.
This LEO constellation will allow 5G IoT devices working under a cell phone operator network to connect directly to the satellites whenever they are without coverage at a fraction of the actual cost of a satellite connection and without hardware changes. Sateliot is closing partnerships with mobile network operators worldwide, giving a coverage extension under simple roaming agreements.
All of it gives way to massive Internet of Things adoption, even in the most remote locations.
The company has closed agreements with global telecommunications operators and companies in the industry and already has a sales pipeline of over €1.2 billion. The goal is to reach €1 billion on billing and a €370 million EBITDA by 2026. Sateliot is closing partnerships with mobile operators worldwide, contributing with coverage extension under roaming agreements.
What will the launch and deployment be like?
The satellite is attached to a deployer - an orbital placement system - aboard the rocket. It is like a box where the satellite is placed. This deployer has mechanisms that will boost the satellite once entering orbit.
The GroundBreaker has been carefully attached to the deployer in a white room, free of external contaminants. It is important to highlight that the deployer is connected to a sequencer, the system in charge of giving the final order to eject the satellite.
Once the rocket is launched and reaches the programmed position, the sequencer will give the satellite expulsion order, and the deployer will expel it and activate it. The satellite will fly away, and the electric supply will reach the satellite's main subsystems.
It will begin its reading phase, executing a list of system verifications and checks in preparation for its operative phase. Tests will be run by Sateliot, and once successfully completed, the device will be fully operative.