First cloud-built demonstration satellite in orbit

First cloud-built demonstration satellite in orbit

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Antaris has announced that the world’s first satellite fully conceived, designed and manufactured using its end-to-end cloud platform has successfully reached orbit.

JANUS-1 rode on the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) SSLV-D2 rocket, which was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre of India under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL). The satellite features five payloads from a range of global providers, which will be commissioned and begin nominal operations in the coming days.

“We did something that has never been done before—we designed, built and launched a complex satellite in just months, not years, at a fraction of traditional costs,” said Antaris Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Karthik Govindhasamy. “Our cloud-based platform made this all possible, and we have proven that this software is the future of the satellite industry.”  

Additional tech demonstration satellites from Antaris and manufacturing partners Ananth Technologies and XDLINX Labs are planned for 2023, including 6U, 12U and 27U satellite reference architecture.

JANUS-1 is a 6U satellite featuring payload and subsystem technologies from AICRAFT, Morpheus Space, Netra, SayariLabs Kenya, SpeQtral, Transcelestial and Zero-Error Systems (ZES) that will perform internet of things (IoT) communications, advanced experimental laser communications, radio communications and machine learning (ML) during orbit. Antaris SatOS software manages core bus responsibilities while orchestrating multitenant payloads and onboard computing — in addition to showcasing secure TT&C protocols with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and ATLAS Space Operations, who are providing ground communications services.  

The project was completed in just 10 months from concept to launch readiness with a cost savings of 75% over comparable satellite missions. Based on data captured during the build, Antaris anticipates that future spacecraft missions can be ready for launch in as few as six months. While the launch marks the start of JANUS-1’s on-orbit mission, the satellite has been ‘in flight’ for months via the company’s unique TrueTwin™ digital twinning technology which creates a digital version of the satellite at the start of the project and then integrates with hardware-in-the-loop as hardware becomes available.


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