BeetleSat, formerly NSLComm, recently announced the successful, software-defined radio (SDR), two-way, data communication using the company’s lightweight, very high data rate, expandable antenna.
BeetleSat’s NSLSAT-2 satellite, a 6U CubeSat, was launched in January 2023 via a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. The Company’s high-performance Ka-band antenna, made of proprietary lightweight shape memory material, was folded at launch, allowing for low volume and mass, and successfully deployed when the satellite reached its orbit. This on-orbit deployment of BeetleSat’s 60 cm expandable antenna from a 6U CubeSat was an industry first and proved the viability of its proprietary technology.
“Successful data transmission between our satellite and ground segment is a significant step forward in the build-out of our LEO constellation and I am proud of our team and grateful for all the work that has gone into reaching this important milestone. BeetleSat’s technology is shifting the satellite communication paradigm by unlocking premium, cost-effective, and flexible solutions that enable our customers to succeed. We’re excited to build the first LEO constellation that is truly designed to meet their needs.”
— Patricio Northland, CEO, BeetleSat
About the company
BeetleSat, formerly NSLComm, is a fast-growing, satellite technology startup building a new LEO constellation that delivers exceptionally low-latency, high-throughput and cost-effective point-to-point secure communications, cellular backhaul/trunking, mobility and other services. Comprised of approximately 264 communication satellites equipped with BeetleSat’s proprietary Ka-band deployable antennas, the groundbreaking constellation promises to revolutionize the way satellite communication networks are designed and operated, providing commercial and public sector customers with truly global Ka-band connectivity, better performance and increased flexibility at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. With service to commence in 2027, BeetleSat’s constellation will provide a premium complementary LEO layer for terrestrial and MEO/GEO networks suitable for global and regional operators and telecom service providers looking to enhance their existing solutions.