Successful launch of the Omnispace Spark-2™ satellite into orbit – Parabolic arc
This launch completes the deployment of the “Omnispace Spark program”, bringing the delivery of the world’s first global hybrid mobile network one step closer.
TYSONS, Virginia and TOULOUSE, France (Omnispace, LLC PR) — Omnispace and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), today announces the successful launch and entry into orbit of the “Omnispace Spark-2™” satellite. This marks the completion of the deployment phase of the “Omnispace Spark™” program, the initial phase of the company’s development and delivery of the world’s first 5G-enabled satellite network.
Omnispace Spark-1, launched in April 2022, and Omnispace Spark-2 will now be used to advance and validate the development and implementation of Omnispace’s Global Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN). As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space designed and built the Omnispace Spark satellites with the help of industrial partners: NanoAvionics, ANYWAVES and Syrlinks. Omnispace Spark-2 was launched into orbit by Exolaunch aboard a SpaceX Transporter mission.
“Thales Alenia Space, with this incredible team of innovators, has helped make Omnispace Spark possible, and we are grateful for their expertise and execution. With the deployment of the Omnispace Spark program now complete, we look forward to testing and advancing the delivery of the world’s first mobile network with direct-to-device connectivity from our satellites in space,” said Ram Viswanathan, President and CEO of Omnispace LLC. “Ubiquitous mobile connectivity will enable users in consumers, businesses and governments around the world to create economic opportunities like never before.”
The constellation of next-generation NGSO satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) will operate in the 3GPP n256 band, which has been standardized for NTN operation, enabling direct IoT to businesses and governments, as well as large device connectivity. audience around the world.
“The success of the Omnispace Spark program is due to impressive teamwork between Thales Alenia Space and innovative startups,” said Hervé Derrey, Chairman and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. “We are very proud to support Omnispace in the deployment of the world’s first 5G satellite network, which will open the door to new opportunities for mobile network operators, industry and end users.”
“Being part of the Omnispace Spark program and working closely with all the companies involved has been a great experience, capped off by the two successful launches,” said Vytenis J. Buzas, Founder and CEO of NanoAvionics. “NanoAvionics’ strong relationship with prime contractor Thales Alenia Space enabled us to bring our modular and cost-effective nanosatellite buses to the project as well as launch support and in-orbit operations.”
“The launch of Omnispace Spark-2 marks the next step in building Omnispace’s desired universal 5G network. Our payload antennas will be used to enable direct connection no matter where the user is in the world, fulfilling our commitment to enable disruptive technologies for the benefit of all humanity,” said Nicolas Capet, CEO of ANYWAVES.
“At Syrlinks, the whole team is following with great interest the successive launches of the Omnispace Spark satellites, carrying the Syrlinks Radiofrequency payload solution. For such an IoT (Internet of Things) satellite service, any additional satellite placed in orbit is essential to expand the coverage and penetration of this innovative service. This is another step towards the final goal of having a multi-satellite constellation,” said Eric Pinson, director of space activity at Syrlinks.
5G mobile connectivity from a single global network will help transform industries and serve as the communications infrastructure to support the digital economies of the 21st century. The network will enable mobile network operators, their customers and partners to fuel innovation, power industries and connect billions of users. Follow the launch journey and learn more at Omnispace.com.
About Omnispace, LLC
Headquartered in the Washington DC area and founded by veteran leaders in the telecommunications and satellite industry, Omnispace is redefining mobile connectivity for the 21st century. Leveraging 5G technologies, the company combines the global footprint of a constellation of non-geostationary satellites with the mobile networks of the world’s leading telecommunications companies to deliver interoperable “one network” connectivity to users and IoT devices everywhere. in the world.
About Thales Alenia Space
Drawing on more than 40 years of experience and a unique combination of skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space offers cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, climate management environment, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments and private industry rely on Thales Alenia Space to design satellite systems that provide anytime, anywhere connectivity and positioning, monitor our planet, improve the management of its resources, and explore our solar system and beyond. of the. Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a better and more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space is also joining forces with Telespazio to form the parent company Space Alliance, which offers a full range of services. Thales Alenia Space achieved consolidated revenue of around €2.15 billion in 2021 and has around 8,900 employees in 10 countries with 17 sites in Europe and a factory in the United States.