Open Cosmos is a start-up space company that delivers satellite-based solutions designed to tackle Earth’s biggest challenges. Driven by the vision of making space accessible to anyone, the company is creating and operating an IoT Nano-satellite constellation for satellite operator Sateliot from Spain. The company will provide simple and affordable space missions and services ranging from remote sensing to maritime domain awareness and machine-to-machine communications.
Open Cosmos went from design to delivery of QB01, their first Nano-satellite, in only four months, followed by a launch and deployment in LEO early April 2017. They are currently working with innovative payload developers towards in-orbit demonstration and constellation deployment to enable services ranging from remote sensing to maritime domain awareness and machine-to-machine communications.
Open Cosmos manufactures three types of satellites, the 3U and 16U Nano-satellite and the 12U Micro-satellite.
The company was founded in 2015 by Rafel Jordá Siquier, who holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering with a space technology specialization from UPC. Prior to Open Cosmos, he worked for Airbus.
In July 2020 satellite communications operator Sateliot from Spain contracted Open Cosmos to build and operate their nanosatellite constellation enabling continuous global connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) under 5G architecture.
In March 2021 the company achieved a major milestone with the launch of two commercial SmallSats, a demonstration satellite for Sateliot and the latest addition to the Lacuna Space IoT constellation. Both satellites were entirely manufactured in the Harwell facility in the UK.
The launch took place on March 22nd, 2021, in a rideshare mission with the South Korean EO satellite CAS500-1 and 30 other Nano-satellites aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket operated by GK Launch Services from the Baikonur base in Kazakhstan.
Open Cosmos has scheduled the launch of its 12U Micro-satellite, MANTIS (Mission and Agile Nano-satellite for Terrestrial Imaginary Services), in 2022. MANTIS is a demonstration project that was co-funded by industry and the UK Space Agency through its investment in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) InCubed Program, which aims to support innovative projects related to Earth Observation into the commercial market. The MANTIS contract was signed on September 11th, 2019 at ESA’s ESRIN facility near Rome, Italy.
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