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MOBILE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS | Telecom Services / Fixed Line Voice
cubecom.it

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Founded Year

2000

Stage

Corporate Minority | Dead

Total Raised

$660K

About Cubecom

Provider of fiber optic telecommunications networks. The company's mission is to deliver high-quality telecommunications services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) based on Frame Relay and MPLS/IP, to the middle and large enterprise marketplace, as well as wholesale services to Internet service providers and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs).

Cubecom Headquarter Location

WTC, 9 piano Via De Marini, 1

Genoa, 16149,

Italy

39 01044911

Latest Cubecom News

Dragonfly’s Mantis imager heads to Space with HyperActive

Jun 29, 2021

3 Minutes Read Dragonfly’s Mantis hyperspectral imaging payload is going to hitch a ride to Space from SpaceX today, as a part of the NanoAvionics’ rideshare mission D2/AtlaCom-1. “D2/AtlaCom-1” is a satellite mission dedicated to the in-orbit demonstration of new satellite technologies as well as novel satellite applications. This shared satellite mission comprises an international consortium and its partners called “HyperActive” and an electric propulsion demonstration by Accion Systems. The HyperActive consortium comprises Dragonfly Aerospace (South Africa) and Space JLTZ (Mexico) with NanoAvionics US as a consortium supplier, as well as mission participants Polytechnic University of Atlacomulco (Mexico) and CubeCom (South Africa). D2/AtlaCom-1 is a 6U nanosatellite from NanoAvionics that includes 5 payloads: Mantis hyperspectral imager from Dragonfly Aerospace; high-gain XANT4 X-Band Antenna and an upgraded version of the XTX X-band downlink transmitter from Cubecom; CubeStar Star Tracker from CubeSpace and TILE Thruster from Accion Systems. The total weight of the nanosatellite is 7.8kg. The target lifetime of the mission is 1 year for mission success but it is expected to have an extended mission lifetime of 5 years. It will be launched into a 525 km sun-synchronous orbit by SpaceX Falcon 9 as part of their second dedicated rideshare mission called Transporter-2. D2/AtlaCom-1 nanosatellite The mission is designed to demonstrate the performance of Dragonfly’s ultra-compact hyperspectral imager and the high data rate communication payload from CubeCom. A secondary goal is to gauge the demand for commercial hyperspectral data, processed and distributed globally by Space JLTZ, which will apply machine-learning algorithms to make the data more practical for everyday observations. Dragonfly Aerospace will also be providing an X-band data download ground station for the mission. The Mantis is Dragonfly’s smallest hyperspectral remote sensing camera, the other one being the 2U-sized Chameleon, which will also see its first flight opportunity in 2021. Although the Mantis imager is only 0.5U in size, it provides impressive performance in such a small package. It also has a unique software capability which allows it to combine any of the available 160 hyperspectral bands into customizable multispectral bands as needed for individual imaging sessions – essentially a “software defined” camera. The camera features a 16-meter native ground sample distance (GSD) and a hyperspectral resolution of 32 meters. Dragonfly’s Mantis ultra-compact hyperspectral imager Shows location of Mantis imager and XANT4 antenna The agreement to fly Dragonfly’s imaging payload on board the NanoAvionics  D-2/AtlaCom-1 satellite was reached in October 2020. The NanoAvionics and Dragonfly teams had to work fast to get the camera delivered, integrated and tested in the satellite in time for this launch. The Dragonfly camera team of Rikus Cronje, Willie Engelbrecht, Lucinda Ince, Robert Craig and Niki Steenkamp got to put their signatures on the back plate of the satellite as a reward for their hard work. A nice touch from the NanoAvionics team. “I am really proud of the team for pulling this project together in such a short period of time. It is great to get our first Hyperspectral camera flying. It has been a pleasure working together with the NanoAvionics team. We are really looking forward to getting the first data down from orbit. A big thanks also to our partner CubeCom for providing the X-band data transmitter for the mission. This is a critical element for nanosatellites doing this type of high performance imaging” said Bryan Dean, CEO of Dragonfly Aerospace. To know more about the launch, click here . TAGS

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