Sky and Space Global (SAS) announced last week it completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) for its Pearl nanosatellites, moving its project to build a constellation of 200 satellites into construction and integration. SAS says the first launch of Pearls is on track for 2019 with the entire constellation to be deployed by 2020.
European-based GomSpace lead the CDR and will also be the company building the nanosatellites. The CDR process included assessing all the technology components of the satellite system before construction. Assembly and integration is scheduled to start “immediately,” according to SAS’s press release, with construction of the first group of Pearls expected to be completed on time for launch onboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne.
SAS will initially provide service in an equatorial “belt,” providing a combination of narrowband voice and IoT (Internet of Things) services. The company has also demonstrated the ability to conduct radio frequency (RF) interference monitoring with its trio of pathfinder satellites currently in orbit. In addition, it started generating revenues in March of this year.