TAMPA, Fla. — Lithuanian nanosatellite maker NanoAvionics is transferring into the heavier microsatellite market because it seems to be to develop fivefold by 2025.
Vytenis Buzas, CEO of NanoAvionics, claims its 50-kilogram-plus ‘MP42’ product would be the microsat business’s first commercially accessible modular bus.
The corporate mentioned final August its modular strategy for small satellite tv for pc buses starting from 12 to 35 kilograms helped triple revenues over the earlier 12 months.
After increasing from 30 folks to greater than 100 since transferring from cubesats to bigger nanosatellite-class spacecraft round 2017, Buzas has excessive hopes for its bigger and extra succesful MP42 bus.
“It is going to allow a lot of organisations to enter and profit from the house market beforehand prevented by obstacles within the microsat phase akin to price, lack of modularity, mechanical restraints and appropriate mission operations,” Buzas mentioned in a printed assertion.
“Their high-end purposes and mega constellation necessities can principally be carried out with a payload weight of 40kg and above, and I see a giant alternative for decreasing price and lead time discount on this phase, too.”
Buzas informed SpaceNews in an interview that it’s already constructing MP42 prototypes to fulfill demand from current and new prospects, and a launch is deliberate for the center of subsequent 12 months.
NanoAvionics has developed satellites for firms together with British Earth commentary enterprise Sen and Tysons, Virginia-based Omnispace, which is constructing a community to maintain trackers, sensors and different good gadgets on the bottom always related.
It additionally provides elements to AST & Science, which final 12 months mentioned it should increase $462 million to fund its cellphone-compatible satellite tv for pc constellation by going public by way of a particular goal acquisition firm (SPAC).
AST & Science acquired a controlling curiosity in NanoAvionics two years in the past, and Buzas mentioned its transfer into heavier satellites might see it play a much bigger position in its upcoming constellation.
With bigger buses, Buzas mentioned engineers might focus their creativity on bettering accuracy and onboard assets, together with deployable panels and antennas — somewhat than on tips on how to “squeeze every part right into a small field.”
“Your arms all of a sudden grow to be untied,” he mentioned.
Primarily due to how costly it was once to launch satellites per kilogram, he believes the nanosatellite market has been too preoccupied with dimension and weight.
“Miniaturization by itself means nothing,” Buzas contends, pointing to how small shopper cellphones turned earlier than a development towards bigger screens and longer battery lives took over.
“There have been fashions the place you needed to press buttons nearly with a matchstick,” he famous.
Buzas mentioned more and more inexpensive launch companies, and the proliferation of rideshare missions, will assist shift business focus away from the smaller finish of the small satellite tv for pc market.
Nonetheless, transferring into bigger microsatellites will see NanoAvionics compete extra head-on with established producers, together with Airbus-owned Surrey Satellite tv for pc Expertise Ltd. (SSTL) and Raytheon-owned Blue Canyon Applied sciences.
Buzas believes there’s loads of room out there, pointing to forecasts predicting 10,000 small satellites will probably be launched over the subsequent 10 years.
NanoAvionics may also proceed to provide buses for the nanosatellite sector, which Buzas mentioned will proceed to develop for area of interest purposes.
The corporate, which additionally facilitates rideshare launches with its end-to-end service providing, expects to provide about 120 satellites per 12 months by 2025.