BeetleSat, formerly NSLComm, a fast-growing satellite technology company building the world’s first global low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellation optimized for premium point-to-point communications, has announced the successful software-defined radio (SDR) two-way data communication using its lightweight, very high data rate, expandable antenna.
“Successful data transmission between our satellite and ground segment is a significant step forward in the build-out of our LEO constellation and I am proud of our team and grateful for all the work that has gone into reaching this important milestone,” said BeetleSat CEO Patricio Northland.
BeetleSat’s NSLSAT-2 satellite, a 6U CubeSat, was launched in January 2023 via a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. The Company’s high-performance Ka-band antenna, made of proprietary lightweight shape memory material, was folded at launch, allowing for low volume and mass, and successfully deployed when the satellite reached its orbit. This in-orbit deployment of BeetleSat’s 60 cm expandable antenna from a 6U CubeSat was an industry first and proved the viability of its proprietary technology.
“BeetleSat’s technology is shifting the satellite communication paradigm by unlocking premium, cost-effective, and flexible solutions that enable our customers to succeed. We’re excited to build the first LEO constellation that is truly designed to meet their needs,” Northland added.
BeetleSat, formerly NSLComm, is a fast-growing satellite technology startup building a new low-Earth orbit (LEO) constellation that delivers exceptionally low-latency, high-throughput and cost-effective point-to-point secure communications, cellular backhaul/trunking, mobility and other services. Comprised of approximately 264 communication satellites equipped with BeetleSat’s proprietary Ka-band deployable antennas, the groundbreaking constellation promises to revolutionize the way satellite communication networks are designed and operated, providing commercial and public sector customers with truly global Ka-band connectivity, better performance and increased flexibility at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems.
With service to commence in 2027, BeetleSat’s constellation will provide a premium complementary LEO layer for terrestrial and MEO/GEO networks suitable for global and regional operators and telecom service providers looking to enhance their existing solutions.