The Neutron-accelerated startup announced that the first satellite of its constellation “Libertadores de América” was successfully launched into space by SpaceX
Innova Space, the revolutionary communication satellite project powered by the project accelerator Neutron, announced that his satellite MDQube SAT-1 was successfully launched into space on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 3:25 PM (UTC), 12:25 PM in Argentina, from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States, through the company SpaceX.
The first satellite of the Innova Space constellation arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 12, where it began its integration process with the deployers of the British company Alba Orbital, which was later integrated into the cap of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launcher. .
The Innova Space picosatellite.
The long-awaited launch had the participation of the President of the Nation, Alberto Fernandez, who addressed a few words to close the event and congratulated the Innova Space team for the success achieved; accompanied by Matías Kulfas, Minister of Productive Development of the Nation.
The transmission was carried out live and simultaneously at the Innova Space / Neutrón offices, located in Chaco 1670 in Mar del Plata, where Ariel Schale, Secretary of Industry, Knowledge Economy and External Commercial Management were present; María Apólito, Undersecretary of Knowledge Economy; Fernanda Raverta, Executive Director of ANSES; and Guillermo Montenegro, Mayor of General Pueyrredón, among other officials; as well as entrepreneurs from the Knowledge Economy and the Productive Sector of the City. The presentation was in charge of Alexander lamb, CEO of Innova Space; accompanied by Mauro Guerrero, CEO of Grupo Núcleo. In a virtual way, Maximiliano González Kunz, CEO of Neutrón, was also there.
“The development of our platform is based on the PocketQube standard. Our first satellite is 2P, so it has a dimension of 100x100x50 mm and weighs only 461 grams“he explained Alexander lamb, CEO Innova Space. “The satellite traveled folded and, at the time of being placed in low orbit (LEO), it deployed its antenna and its solar panels, which provide energy for the operation of all the subsystems of the architecture and the batteries while it is orbiting in eclipse “.
A great day for the Innova Space team.
“The subsystems that make up the MDQubeSAT1 include the energy, the communications, the control and orientation, and the on-board computer. The complete platform was designed and developed by our R&D team. The use of COTS components (Components Off the Shelf) allow the reduction of costs and the acceleration of the project development cycle “, highlighted Alejandro Cordero.
The Argentinean MDQube-SAT1 peak satellite will orbit in the LEO (Low Earth Orbit), in a Polar Orbit at approximately 400-500 km. “Since it was expelled from the container, the picosatellite ‘San Martín’ began a process of deployment of solar panels and antenna, stabilization and the sending of telemetry to the ground station, which will require approximately 48 hours, after which it will begin send signal “, detailed Alejandro Cordero.
The Innova Space constellation project aims to provide connectivity to rural areas of the country, as it was designed to provide communication coverage where there is none, mainly agricultural and mining areas. “This will have an immense impact since it will allow the optimization of processes, an increase in production, a decrease in the environmental impact of agro-inputs, in addition to achieving a responsible use of water,” said Maximiliano González Kunz, CEO of Neutrón, the accelerator company of Projects.
“It is a historical milestone, since a satellite of this size and characteristics had never been launched in Latin America.or. And the most important thing is that it is a 100 percent national project, made by Argentines, technical engineers, magisters, doctors who work in the constant development of our technology “, he emphasized Mauro warrior, CEO of Grupo Núcleo.
Fernanda Raverta, Mauro Guerrero, Ariel Schale, Alejandro Cordero, María Apólito, and Guillermo Montenegro.
“This first mission consists of a proof of concept and validation of the platform, which will allow us to advance and make improvements in the design of the next satellite,” explained Cordero, “We have already started working on the second part of the mission, which is the construction of 2 picosatellites – named Juana Azurduy and Simón Bolívar – for the next launch, scheduled for October 2022. This year we will launch between 4 and 6 picosatellites, and next year between 12 and 16. We estimate that by the end of In 2023 we will be ready to design the definitive platform, which will allow us to start commercialization, in early 2024, with the launch of around 90 picosatellites that will make up the constellation ‘Libertadores de América’ “, he concluded.
As a personal seal of the CEO of Innova Space, each of the company’s picosatellites will carry into space an image of the Falkland Islands stamped on the front “to vindicate our heroes and our sovereignty,” he stressed.
“Argentina’s development capacity is immense; you don’t need a lot of money, it has to do with passion, work and dedication, and that is what we demonstrated with this project,” said Alejandro Cordero after the successful launch. “The ‘General San Martín’ crossed space, the Malvinas are in the sky looking at our satellite sovereignty.”
“Innova Space is a private project that had a lot of support from different State entities. We broke the prejudice that the State and the private sector cannot coexist, when in reality the world works with this joint. This joint work demonstrates a little Argentina we want, “concluded Cordero.
Maximiliano González Kunz, CEO of Neutron and Alejandro Cordero, of Innova Space.
A multi-award winning project
Innova Space is a startup marplatense created by Alejandro Cordero, a teacher at several local institutions, together with his former students Luca Uriarte (20) and Iván Mellina (20), who obtained in 2019 an initial investment made by Neutrón, the project accelerator based in Mar del Plata. That same year, he received the first prize for Innovation from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of the Argentine Republic. In 2020, it accessed the financing of an ANR (Non-Refundable Contribution) from the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation for $ 14,500,000.
Also in 2020, the project was a finalist in other competitions of great importance at the national level, such as the Sadosky Prize, awarded by the Argentine Chamber of the Software Industry (CESSI); the Prendete contest, a contest organized by the Municipality of Tandil that seeks to encourage the proposal of innovative business ideas; and AGRONAVES, coordinated by the CREA group (an association that groups together the country’s chambers of agriculture).
In December 2020, the project Constellation MDQUBESAT of Innova Space was recognized by the NAVES competition, organized by Banco Macro Macro and the IAE, so that it can develop internationally. Obtained 1st Place in the “Nascent Company” Category for the development of the first satellite IoT (Internet of Things) architecture in South America with low cost and high technological impact, to give access to communications by IoT satellites to anyone, anywhere , thus connecting, pole to pole, from east to west. The award consists of a Business Round Trip to Tel Aviv, Israel – the second largest technological power in the world – as well as hours of training and advice from the IAE Business School, the business school of the Austral University.
Finally, in May of this year, in the 5th edition of the Mardel Valley Pitch Competition, Innova Space was a finalist and winner, obtaining a scholarship at Draper University, in Silicon Valley. The award consists of 5 weeks of training and a business round that will take place there, through the Draper Venture Network. He was also a finalist in the LATAM 100k contest organized by MIT and ITBA among others, awarded with $ 5,000.
In the coming weeks, Innova Space will receive a new contribution from the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation, through the “Strengthen” Program of the Undersecretariat for the Knowledge Economy, of around $ 30,000,000.
Innova Space is a startup supported by Neutrón, the accelerator of technological projects that has a 900 m2 headquarters in Mar del Plata – soon to be duplicated – a collaborative space where different knowledge and know-how are merged, managing to enhance the various ideas. It has individual meeting rooms, a space for relaxation, group presentation rooms, a laboratory for new technologies, IoT and 3D printing.
About Innova Space
Innova Space is a provider of the platform that will revolutionize satellite technology, due to its size, low launch cost and services, with infinite applications, such as maritime; environmental; mining, oil and gas; and agriculture; among other. In Innova Space we think about making the impossible possible, democratizing access to communications in Argentina and the world.
Neutrón is a startup accelerator whose main objectives are to promote the first phases of startups, help these new technology-based companies to find their work space, provide initial seed capital that allows them to see the viability of the idea and its model business in a short period of time, and offer access to mentors who can provide expert information and advice. They offer great opportunities to promote different projects.