The inaugural test pocketqube satellite developed by Hello Space, a startup specializing in satellite technologies, was successfully launched into space today from California as part of the SpaceX Falcon-9 Transporter-8 mission. Hello Space aims to leverage the pocketqube satellite standard, the latest in satellite technology, to transform IoT services and offer uninterrupted end-to-end data services from space to various industries, including agriculture, logistics, and energy.
Hello Space, established in May 2022, has achieved an impressive feat by completing software and hardware production and conducting a space launch in less than 13 months. The compact Istanbul satellite, measuring just 5cm x 5cm x 5cm and fitting in the palm of one’s hand, represents a significant milestone in Hello Space’s journey. Simultaneously with satellite production, the company also constructed the Hello Space Ground Station, serving as the command and control center for the pocketqube satellite constellation.
Muzaffer Duysal, Co-founder and CEO of Hello Space, expressed the company’s accomplishment, stating, “Typically, satellite production and space launches take around 2-2.5 years on average. Thanks to our profound knowledge of the latest pocketqube technologies and our unwavering dedication, we have managed to reduce this timeline to an unprecedented one year. Imagine forming a constellation of cutting-edge tech satellites that will provide consistent, reliable data to large businesses in agriculture, transportation logistics, and energy, all from space. Hello Space will revolutionize IoT services, even in the most remote locations worldwide, where data tracking is currently challenging. We are thrilled for the launch of Istanbul, as it marks the first step in realizing our ambitious vision.”
Hello Space’s advanced narrowband data communication technology will expand satellite coverage for the Internet of Things (IoT), offering continuous and reliable data services globally. The company aims to provide coverage in remote areas with low population density and currently underserved regions such as oceans and vast agricultural lands. These services will enable businesses to access location data from containers in transit across oceans, humidity data from remote agricultural areas, and end-to-end temperature data in long-distance cold-chain food logistics. By delivering consistent and accurate data from space, Hello Space aims to enhance operational efficiency for businesses leveraging satellite technologies.
In a unique gesture, the Hello Space team embedded the names of their colleagues within the pocketqube satellite Istanbul using software they developed. This symbolic act demonstrates their unity and shared commitment to the project as their names journey into space alongside the satellite.
Following the successful launch of the first test satellite Istanbul, Hello Space is now preparing for the deployment of four additional test pocketqube satellites scheduled for launch in October 2023.