The COVID-19 virus is influencing everybodies life these days. At STI we take the situation seriously and have implemented a range of measures to hinder the spread of the virus in line with the measures our government has issued. The goals lie in the protection of our society from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and in the limitation of the economic damage caused by it. This is a balance act.
We believe that we in the space business are well adapted in scientifically analyzing context, deriving adequate measures and following them through with discipline. We are aware that a lot of different solutions and interpretations are being discussed in the media but we consider it essential that all of us strictly follow one clear strategy only: The governmental rules and their daily updates. In our eyes they are well balanced between health, economics and social aspects.
 
Out development and production is running, with several measures implemented to keep social distancing as required. Most of our employees are working from home these days and can be reached via e-mail and cell phone numbers, others are working in shifts, keep their distance and maintain increased hygiene standards.
 
As our customers and partners you can of course contact us via telephone and e-mail. Our headquarters central desk will be manned for the regular opening times. Following current recommendations, we minimize the visit of external visitors in our headquarters. In case the presence of external visitors is necessary for repair or service activities or to perform testing activities, the following rules apply:

  • The number of persons shall be minimized and shall not exceed 2
  • Before entering the STI building the external person shall confirm in writing that she/he
                > Has not visited a risk area in the last 14 days
                > Has not had contact to a Covid-19 infected person within the last 14 days
                > Has no symptoms such as fever and cough/respiratory problems
     

Our most important contribution is that we stay calm and rational. We are confident that together we can weather this storm.
 
Your STI management team

 

At STI we are proud being part of the OneWeb mission success with already 40 small satellites and therefore 80 of our innovative booms flying in orbit. Tomorrow March 21st, 2020, we will be witnessing the next milestone of this exciting project - launch three of another 34 satellites enlarging the net. Step by step the OneWeb mission is going to build up its mega constellation, aiming for a dense network of small satellites in LEO, making access to internet for everyone worldwide possible, regardless of an area’s ground infrastructure.

You can follow the launch via streaming on these OneWeb social media channels: YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. {source: www.OneWeb.world)

Commemoration

OneWeb uses this event to commemorate the late Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who made history 55 years ago. He became the first person to exit a spacecraft and walk in Space. Honoring his name and celebrating his achievement, this is theme for the third OneWeb mission launch.

Spacetech oneweb deployment mechanisms third launch commemoration

 

Milestone reached: ICARUS starts commissioning

Today, the ICARUS payload on the International Space Station was switched on. At 10 a.m. we had a live talk with the Russian ICARUS project leader Prof. Mikhail Belyaev in Moscow and received the first data, proving that all hardware is working properly. Tonight, at 0:28 a.m., we will observe the first flyover of the ISS with fully operating ICARUS payload with the STI ground station.

 SpaceTech ICARUS starts comissioning 2   SpaceTech ICARUS starts comissioning 1 
Next steps

Today’s event marks the start of the ICARUS commissioning phase. During this four months period, various tests with receive and transmit antennas as well as with the animal tags will be performed. The “day to day routine work” of the ICARUS animal tracking system will start in July. The commissioning phase is split into five different steps:
Phase 1: March 10th – 31st, 2020 Receiving/sending of signals (background noises, “noise-map”)
Phase 2: April 6th – 17th, 2020 Characterization of receive window
Phase 3: May 20th – 31st, 2020 Tag testing with tag simulator (1,000 tags simulated) and STI test ground station
Phase 4: June 1st – middle of June, 2020 Field testing of tags with test tags
Phase 5: middle of June – end of June, 2020 Field testing of tags with 5 g prototypes

 

The ICARUS mission for satellite-based animal tracking is reaching its next milestone: The ICARUS antenna on ISS will start its commissioning phase on Tuesday March 10th , after switch-on at 10 a.m. by RSCE (S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia)(S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia) in Moskau. Shortly after, we will be able to see first “housekeeping” data, expected to show that the system and communication works properly. In the afternoon, we will further be able to receive the data collected that day by the ICARUS antenna. The first trackable SpaceTech flyover of the ISS will be on March 11th at 0:28 a.m. This event will be tracked automatically by SpaceTech’s test ground station.

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ICARUS antenna installed on ISS

 

spacetech icarus mission iss antenna signals 

ICARUS tracking of signals from tags and antenna

All our hard work on the ambitious OneWeb Satellites mission for a mega constellation of small satellites, allowing for global internet, results in two great news:

  1. The next 34 launched satellites are all working perfectly fine – our deployment mechanisms performed as well as expected.
  2. On February 11th, 2020, SpaceTech has been awarded by OneWeb Satellites as best small company performer, being one of over 100 suppliers on the project. All in all, they awarded 7 companies for their outstanding performance. We feel honored and are proud of our innovative, smart, super-fast and low-cost solution, especially for this project. Once again, we see this path being confirmed as the right track of our future in the evolving and changing space industry worldwide.

SpaceTech airbus oneweb best small company performer award

Thank you OneWeb Satellites – Thank you STI team!