Payloads of the Kinéis IoT constellation
Syrlinks, the French SME, has been chosen by Thales Alenia Space to contribute to the design and delivery of the instruments, embedded in the future Kinéis constellation nanosatellites.
With 25 nanosatellites in service, Kinéis will operate the very first European nanosatellite constellation for the IoT. As announced last September, Kinéis has entrusted Thales Alenia Space with the development of the payloads, in partnership with Syrlinks, while Hemeria (a Nexeya corporation) will design and build the nanosatellites.The CNES provides its technical expertise to guarantee the operation of the complete system.
Syrlinks will supply payloads will recover the data transmitted from the beacons to the satellites, before beaming them back to the ground-based stations. Syrlinks has been chosen for its proven expertise in space technology and its mastery of the New Space class and miniaturization, designed to reduce system energy consumption. Syrlinks has already worked as subcontractor of Thales Alenia Space on the development of the Argos Néo payload for ANGELS, the demonstration nanosatellite built by the CNES (the French National Center for Space Studies).
Syrlinks teams will develop a data collection instrument for the Kinéis constellation, incorporating highly evolved calculators to process the information collected. Thanks to component miniaturization, the hardware and firmware of the data collection instrument developed by Syrlinks weighs only 2kg, while performing the same functions as the former generation 18kg system. This new equipment will be produced with the brand-new lab instruments and production tools acquired to produce Syrlinks equipment for the OneWeb constellation.
By entering this complementary space market segment, the company also aims to offer new generation Argos beacons adapted to the constellation.
This new space adventure opens up new development prospects for Syrlinks because its solutions are easily and quickly adaptable to other programs and other uses at competitive prices.