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Today Elbit Systems announced that NANOVA, the company’s nanosatellite, was successfully launched to space. NANOVA is a 3U (the size of a juice carton), 5 kg CubeSat that hosts an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) communication payload providing a direct satellite link for data, voice and text messaging. It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in the South of India, onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. NANOVA was set out to its orbit 18 minutes from launch at an altitude of 580 kilometers. The nanosatellite will be operated from a ground control station set up at the Company site in Haifa, Israel.

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NANOVA features advanced UI/UX and sophisticated analytical tools. These make NANOVA an attractive solution for reliable communication services in areas with limited or no satellite coverage. Such services are required for a range of commercial applications including search and rescue operations, emergency communications from remote areas, fleet logistical and tracking management as well as machine to machine monitoring and sensing for a wide variety of needs.

“We are proud to commence activities in the area of nanosatellite constellations,” said Yoram Shmuely, General Manager of Elbit Systems Aerospace Division. “We plan to continue to invest in this emerging field, expanding our sensing capabilities and the range of potential applications.”

Dorothee Frank