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Spaceflight to Launch Fleet Space Centauri 1 on ISRO PSLV

By Jeffrey Hill | July 3, 2018
Photo: Fleet Space Technologies

Photo: Fleet Space Technologies

Spaceflight Industries will send Fleet Space Technologies’ 10-kilogram Centauri 1 nanosatellite into orbit on an ISRO/Antrix Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) sometime in 2018.

The Adelaide, Australia-based Internet-of-Things startup is launching a number of small satellites the size of a shoebox to establish a low-cost connectivity network that supports applications for mining, agriculture, logistics and other industries. The company said Centauri 1 will provide coverage over 90 percent of Earth and connect 75 billion sensors and devices for free.

Centauri 1 could launch as early as this August during the ISRO PSLV’s next scheduled commercial launch window. Fleet Space’s second satellite, Centauri 2, is scheduled for launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 in late 2018.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Fleet Space has signed its Centauri 1 contract with ISRO/Antrix. It has been updated to note that the Fleet Space launch contract was signed with Spaceflight Industries.