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OHB, LuxSpace and OQ Technology sign MOU to explore collaboration for IoT services
(18 Jan 2022) OHB SE, its subsidiary LuxSpace, and OQ Technology (OQ), a global satellite operator, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) service sector.
The co-operation between LuxSpace, OHB and OQ will include satellite-based IoT upstream and downstream activities to enhance the portfolio of services available to customers in different markets, including, but not limited to, energy, agriculture, defence and the green economy.
Following the signature of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications System) programme, LuxSpace is developing a flexible microsatellite platform, Triton-X. With a launch mass of around 200 kg, high performing on-board processing and the optimisation for rideshare missions, Triton-X is to accommodate OQ's 5G IoT payload in low Earth orbit (LEO). At the completion of the development phase, the platform is expected to be ready for manufacturing and integration of payloads by mid-2023.
OQ is the only company in the world that uses standardised 3GPP cellular technology for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and standard mobile chips to connect devices to satellites. By using standard mobile chips, costing about US$5 instead of expensive satellite chips of US$150 and more, OQ is able to offer substantial cost savings. That means users do not need to develop new hardware and can buy existing NB-IoT supported devices to get service in remote areas from OQ Technology.
Reference: OHB PR