Satellite footprints

Swarm SpaceBEE LEO satellite constellation

Position:LEO
Manufacturer:Swarm Technologies
Operator:Swarm Technologies
Launch operators:Arianespace
 Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
 Rocket Lab
 SpaceX
Launch vehicles:Electron
 Falcon 9
 PSLV
 Vega
Launch date:
Expected lifetime:5 Years

Swarm SpaceBEE LEO satellite constellation provides satellite connectivity solutions with a low-cost satellite network. Swarm has manufactured and launched Pico-satellites that are used for multiple industries including maritime shipping, agriculture, energy and ground transportation industry.

Swarm was a start-up privately held company when it was acquired by SpaceX in 2021. The company is building a LEO satellite constellation for communications with Internet of Things (IOT) devices using a Store and forward design, a technique in which information is sent to an intermediate station where it is kept and sent at a later time.

Swarm SpaceBEE LEO satellite constellation is manufactured completely in-house at the facility in Mountain View, USA.

On January 12th 2018 Swarm launched its first four Pico-satellites, SpaceBEE 1 to -4 on a PSLV rocket operated by ISRO from India. By December 2020, the company had orbited 9 test satellites and 36 of the planned 150 LEO satellites, similar to SpaceX’ Starlink, to provide communication with IoT devices. The commercial services went live in August 2021 using 72 satellites providing global low-costs data to customers.

Satellite Mission Launch Date Launcher Launch Operator
SpaceBEE 1-4 CartoSat-2 Jan 12th, 2018 PSLV-XL ISRO India
SpaceBEE 5-7 SSO-A SmallSat Dec 3rd, 2018 Falcon 9 SpaceX
SpaceBEE 8-9 Make-it-Rain Jun 29th 2019 Electron KS RocketLab NZ
SpaceBEE 10-21 VV16 Sep 3rd, 2020 Vega Arianespace FG
SpaceBEE 22-39 Return-to-Sender Nov 20th, 2020 Electron RocketLab NZ
SpaceBEE NZ-1 to -6 Return-to-Sender Nov 20th, 2020 Electron RocketLab NZ
SpaceBEE 40-75 Transporter-1 Jan 24th, 2021 Falcon 9 SpaceX
SpaceBEE 76-87 PLSV-C51/Amazonia-1  Feb 28th, 2021 PSLV-DL ISRO India
SpaceBEE 88-111 Transporter-2 Jun 30th, 2021 Falcon 9 SpaceX
SpaceBEE NZ-7 to -10 Transporter-2 Jun 30th, 2021 Falcon 9 SpaceX

Swarm SpaceBEE LEO satellite constellation

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