BeetleSat was formerly known as NSLComm that was a Space-tech Start-up company developing a new LEO satellite constellation. The constellation would deliver truly global Ka-band connectivity for point-to-point secure communications, cellular backhaul, mobility and additional premium services in the commercial and government sectors, using a deployable antenna suitable for satellite-to-ground and intersatellite communication links.
BeetleSat was founded as NSLComm in 2019 and is headquartered in Israel. The company will deploy 240 satellites plus 24 spares in 12 orbital planes at 800 km altitude and 53.5 degrees inclination, providing up to 2 Tbps capacity in ±65-degree latitudes.
The company launched its first Nano-satellite, NSLSat-1 with launch-broker EXOLaunch from Germany. The launch took place on July 5th, 2019 on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket, operated by GK Launch Services, from the Vostochny Cosmodrome launch site in the Russian Far East. NSLSat-1 was manufactured by AAC Clyde Space.
BeetleSat was founded as NSLComm in 2009 by Raz Itzhaki-Tamir (CEO), Daniel K. Rockberger (Chief Engineer) and Danny Spirtus (CTO)
In February 2016 the company raised 3 million USD series A round from BizTEC, Jerusalem Venture Partners and Liberty Israel Venture Fund, to finance their first Nano-satellite.
In February 2018 the company raised an 85,551 USD grant from EASME.
In March 2018 NSLComm raised a 6,250,000 USD series B round from Cockpit Innovation Hub, Hawk GF, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Liberty Global and OurCrowd.
In June 2019 the company signed an agreement with Amazon Web Services for the use of AWS Ground Station, a network of ground stations for satellites.
On July 5th, 2021 the company launched its first Nano-satellite, NSLSat-1. The launch took place on July 5th, 2019 on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with its main passenger, Meteor M2-2, from the Vostochny Cosmodrome launch site in the Russian Far East. NSLSat-1 was manufactured by AAC Clyde Space.
On December 16th, 2021, Tech-investor Arquimea from Spain and NSLComm, entered into a partnership to develop BeetleSat, the next generation LEO Ka-band satellite constellation for cellular backhaul applications. The companies presented the project during the World Satellite Business Week in Paris.
In May 2022 Arquimea made a 15 million USD investment in NSLComm as part of the Spanish technology company’s international expansion plans.
On September 15th, 2022 NSLComm was rebranded to BeetleSat. The name change comes as the company looked to rebrand and better reflect its mission to provide innovative solutions that push the boundaries of satellite communications technology while expanding accessibility and connecting the world. The company moved its headquarters to London UK and has an Operations facility on Canary Islands, Spain.
On January 3rd, 2023 the company launched its second 6U CubeSat Nano-satellite, NSLSat-2 (BeetleSat-1), with the Transporter-6 RideShare mission on a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX.
|Satellite||Mission||Launch Date||Launcher||Launch Operator|
|NSLSat-1||July 5th, 2019||Soyuz 2||GK Launch Russia|
|NSLSat-2 (BeetleSat-1)||Transporter-6||Jan 3rd, 2023||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
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