ELO Alpha is the first nanosatellite ordered by Eutelsat. It will be used to confirm the technical performance of various waveforms between a satellite in low Earth orbit and objects on the ground.
Satellite Manufacturer: Tyvak International
Size: 6U cubesat – 6 litres or 30cm x 20cm x 10cm before deployment of its solar panels
Launch: H1 2020
The ELO 1 and ELO 2 payloads will be hosted on a satellite platform combining several missions. Some of these onboard missions, alongside ELO 1 and ELO 2, will be used for Earth observation and in-orbit demonstration.
Satellite manufacturer: Loft Orbital
Size: The host satellite platform measures 70cm x 70cm x 70cm and both ELO 1 and ELO 2’s maximum antenna dimension is 50cm.
Weight: The platform hosting Eutelsat’s payloads weighs 80kg. Both ELO 1 and ELO 2 payloads weigh 8kg.
Scheduled launch: 2020
ELO 3 and ELO 4 are similar in volume to the original ELO Alpha.
Satellite manufacturer: Clyde Space
Size: 6U cubesat - 6 litres or 30cm x 20cm x 10cm before the deployment of its solar panels.
Weight: 12 kg.
Scheduled launch: 2021
Leading IoT player Sigfox runs a unique global narrowband network across 65 countries.
Based on hybrid connected objects, where data is captured by both satellite and terrestrial networks, Sigfox will integrate the ELO satellites’ global coverage into its existing range of IoT connectivity services.
This enhanced network coverage will open the door to many new use cases in areas such as maritime transportation or logistics, and also the safety of people in emergency situations.