SpaceX RideShare Carries Aurora Insight Satellite Into Orbit


UPDATE Last week, Aurora Insight saw the successful launching of “Charlie,” their second satellite-based radio frequency spectrum sensor from Cape Canaveral, FL. The launch was part of a dedicated rideshare mission with SpaceX’s Transporter-1 mission on the Falcon 9. Transporter-1 is one of the largest and most diverse rideshare missions that includes 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 2021. 

According to Aurora Insight’s CEO Jennifer Alvarez, the RF sensors are critical to the company’s Space Spectrum Scanning service, which unlocks new information about spectrum usage and interference across the globe. Alvarez said the feedback from the satellite will provide commercially-available, exacting depiction of radio frequency energy. 

“This technology will provide Aurora Insight’s clients with an entirely new understanding of the spectrum environment,” Alvarez said, “and we can shed light on the ambiguity that has surrounded it for years. The answers we uncover will help advance communications around the world, and enable organizations to plan, invest, and move forward confidently with a data-driven strategy.”

The first of a two-part satellite mission this quarter, Aurora partnered with NanoAvionics to build and integrate two nanosatellites, as well as provide launch and operation services. Both 6U nanosatellites are based on NanoAvionics’ standard M6P bus in a higher performance configuration, providing greater technical performance capabilities for Aurora’s radio frequency spectrum mission. 


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