Microsatellite developer Astranis has successfully concluded thermal vacuum testing of a qualification vehicle developed for its MicroGEO product line of small communication satellites, the company said.
This critical test validates the technology´s ability to operate in the harsh environment of space and marks a major milestone on the path to delivering low-cost broadband Internet to underserved populations around the world, starting with Astranis´s first commercial satellite that will provide broadband Internet in Alaska.
Astranis is building small, low-cost telecommunications satellites to connect the four billion people who currently do not have access to the Internet. Each spacecraft operates from GEO with a next-generation design of only 350 kg, utilizing a proprietary software-defined radio payload. Astranis launched a first test satellite into orbit in 2018 and is now underway with its first commercial program–a satellite to provide broadband Internet for Alaska that will more than triple the available bandwidth across the state.