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About Astrocast

Astrocast SA operates a leading global nanosatellite IoT network, offering services in industries such as Agriculture & Livestock, Maritime, Environment & Utilities to name a few.

The Astrocast network enables companies to monitor, track, and communicate with remote assets from anywhere in the world.

It relies on superior L-band spectrum through a strategic alliance with Thuraya. In partnership with Airbus, CEA/LETI and ESA, Astrocast developed Astronode S, an ultra-low power and miniaturised module compatible with inexpensive L-band patch antennas.

Founded in 2014 by a renowned team of experts, Astrocast develops and tests all its products in-house, from the satellites to the modules. Astrocast is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo and recently announced the acquisition of Hiber.

For more information visit www.astrocast.com

Astrocast offers a direct-to-satellite IoT communication service to scale up remote operations around the globe.

The Astrocast network has been exclusively designed to provide IoT connectivity in regions outside of cellular reach, about 85% of the world, featuring bidirectionality, cost efficiency, and low-power consumption.

Getting Started with Astrocast

The Astrocast DevKit gives you end-to-end connectivity with Astrocast’s nanosatellite IoT network in less than 20 min. Featuring hardware, documentation, libraries, GUI and access to the Astrocast portal to proof your connectivity. Helping you keep development time and effort to a minimum for your application integrating an Astronode S.

Astrocast 101

“Astrocast 101” is a series of videos to help you connect your IoT solution to the Astrocast IoT network and guide you through the Astrocast suite of products and services.

Astrocast Product Portfolio:

Astronode S

A bidirectional satellite communication module with a serial interface and a compact, surface mount form factor.

  • BIDIRECTIONAL: The Astronode S sends your messages, gets them acknowledged, and receives your commands anytime, anywhere.
  • COST-EFFICIENT:The Astronode S total cost of ownership is up to 3 times lower than traditional satellite IoT alternatives.
  • LOW-ENERGY: The Astronode S protocol is optimized for low-energy operation, with the lowest peak power available.

Specifications:

  • Power supply: +3.3 VDC
  • Peak power consumption (RF Tx): <0.35 W
  • Deep sleep current: <500 nA
  • Serial interface: 3.3 V UART
  • Antenna connection via solder pin
  • Encryption: Two-level 256-bit AES with unique device key
  • Dimensions: 35 mm x 31 mm x 4.1 mm
  • Footprint: Castellated pads
  • Certified: CE & FCC
Astronode Patch Antenna

A compact and low-profile ceramic antenna optimized for bidirectional communication in Astrocast’s nanosatellite IoT network

  • Compact ceramic patch antenna optimized for operation on the Astrocast network.
  • BIDIRECTIONAL: Bidirectional communication in the L-Band as well as GNSS reception for tracking purposes.
  • COST-EFFICIENT: Passive antenna with minimal footprint for cost-effective satellite connectivity.
  • SMALL FORM FACTOR: L-Band enables the design of compact antennas with good performance in all weather conditions.

Specifications:

  • Wide beamwidth
  • L-Band: 1.5 GHz & 1.6 GHz
  • GNSS reception: L1 band
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Dimensions: 35 mm x 35 mm x 4 mm
  • Weight: 18 g
Astronode S+

A certified industrial satellite communication device, ready to install and connect

  • BIDIRECTIONAL: The Astronode S+ sends your messages, gets them acknowledged and receives your control commands.
  • COST-EFFICIENT: Ready to connect. No resources required in electronic and RF design, enabling short time to market.
  • SMALL FORM FACTOR: The integration of the Astronode S+ and the L-Band patch antenna means compact size and robust data connection.

Specifications:

  • Power supply options: +3.3 VDC and +5 V
  • Peak power consumption (RF Tx): <0.35 W
  • Deep sleep current: <500 nA
  • Interface options
    • 3.3 V UART and Astronode S digital pins
    • 5 V RS232
  • Connector: Molex Nano-Fit
  • Integrated Astronode Patch Antenna (L-Band)
  • Dimensions: 70 mm x 65 mm x 14.15 mm
  • Certified: CE & FCC

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