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Bravo Satellite Launch

Follow this page for news and updates on the launch of Aurora Insight’s third satellite-based RF sensor. 

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LAUNCH NEWS

WATCH THE LAUNCH BELOW

Satellite bravo was successfully launched on Wednesday, April 28th on ArianeSpace’s VV18 FLIGHT

Launch footage provided by ARIANESPACE

About The BRAVO Launch

Aurora Insight’s third satellite-based RF sensor was launched through a rideshare on ArianeSpace‘s Vega rocket on the VV18 flight from French Guiana. As a part of ArianeSpace’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS), the shared payload includes several small satellites traveling to low Earth orbit (LEO). 
For more information, read 10 Things to Know About Aurora Insight’s Satellites. 

see 30 small satellites from the U.S. and Europe being integrated by German space
company Exolaunch. It is also the first fully dedicated rideshare launch for nanosats
and microsats as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program in 2021A

About THE BRAVO SATELLITE

Bravo is a twin satellite to Charlie, which was successfully launched this past January on a SpaceX rideshare. Both are 6U nanosatellites with multiple antennas that detect a range of signals in the RF environment, including 5mmWave. They will fly at a height of 500-600 km above Earth, as they orbit the planet every 90 minutes. Charlie has been successfully commissioned and is now collecting data for Aurora Insight’s commercial operations. After Bravo is launched, it will begin the same commissioning phase.

see 30 small satellites from the U.S. and Europe being integrated by German space
company Exolaunch. It is also the first fully dedicated rideshare launch for nanosats
and microsats as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program in 2021A

We are particularly looking forward to using our newest satellites to capture valuable data on 5G network deployments across the globe. With this new layer of global spectrum data from our satellites, we are well-equipped to provide the wireless industry with actionable data for investment decisions and long-term growth

— Jennifer Alvarez, Aurora insight ceo

The Impact

With three satellite-based RF sensors orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, Aurora Insight will capture unprecedented information on wireless spectrum and network deployments across the globe, including the detection and measurement of 5G mmWave deployments.

The radio frequency spectrum is an increasingly vital part of the progressive, digital economy and Aurora’s satellite-based sensors will provide the wireless industry with valuable information and insights. To learn more about our space and satellite offerings, click here

satellite MANUFACTURING AND INTEGRATION

Bravo is the second of a two-part satellite mission in 2021. Aurora Insight contracted NanoAvionics to build and integrate two nanosatellites, as well as provide launch and operation services. Both of the 6U nanosatellites are based on NanoAvionics’ flight-proven M6P bus. This higher performance configuration provides more power through deployable panels, and provides the most precise method for pointing and navigation in nanosats through an added star tracker subsystem. This technology enables Aurora Insight’s RF sensors to measure with great accuracy and precision. 

Rewatch Satellite Charlie's Launch

If you missed the January launch of our Charlie satellite, you can watch it here. The satellite, named Charlie, was launched on a SpaceX rideshare and it is now fully commissioned for active data collection with commercial operations. To learn more about our satellite launches, technology and data, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin.

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