SpaceX launches Monday nanosatellite of Dutch start-up Hiber




SpaceX launches the first satellite of the Amsterdam start-up Hiber on Monday 19 November at 7:32 PM Dutch time. The company wants to launch a total of ten small satellites intended for communication with IOT equipment.

Hiber satellite With the satellites ‘the size of a shoe box’ Hiber wants to set up its Hiberband network. That is an lpgan, or low power global area network, consisting of nanosatellites that are located at a height of 600km and communicate with modems that deliver the start-up.

The network is intended for communication with equipment in remote locations, for example where no mobile network is available. The system is energy efficient because the modems only turn on when the satellite is flying over. According to the start-up this will result in a battery life of ten years .

Hiber is said to be the first commercial satellite operator in the Netherlands and proposes connectivity for sensors and iot devices at a fraction of the cost compared to a ‘normal’ satellite. The Hiberband network also works worldwide. Data collected by the satellites is sent back to earth to ground stations in Delft and in Spitsbergen in Norway.

According to founder Laurens Groenendijk, Hiberband’s applications are, for example, the tracking of cattle, train wagons or pallets. He also states that Hiber contributes to projects with a social objective, such as combating climate change and improving the growth of crops.

The first satellite will join a Falcon 9 from SpaceX on Monday November 19th. If the weather conditions permit, the rocket will be launched at 7:32 PM Dutch time from the launch platform at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. If the satellite enters orbits the earth, it will fly over the poles sixteen times a day and strike the entire equator twice.

Hiber sends its first satellite with a so-called ‘ride shrew’ mission from SpaceX. In addition, numerous small payloads are involved. According to Spaceflight Now , objects from nearly fifty government agencies and commercial organizations from sixteen countries are involved. The mission was originally planned for July this year, but was postponed.

The launch and construction of the satellite costs millions of euros. Hiber wants to earn that back with selling subscriptions. The company currently has more than 25 customers worldwide. The network must be operational in January 2019 and then be able to receive at least one message per day worldwide.

Hiber previously existed under the name Magnitude Space. The company has already received around ten million euros in investments. Hiber has offices in Amsterdam, Delft and the US Maryland and has over forty employees.


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