Connectivity and entertainment provider, Anuvu, has announced plans to launch the first Anuvu Constellation in partnership with Astranis, a manufacturer of next-generation satellites. Launch of the first two MicroGEO High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is targeted for early 2023, with six more satellites to follow. As John Gedmark, CEO of Astranis stated, “The world’s demand for connectivity is insatiable.”
Silicon Valley-based Astranis says its MicroGEO satellites are one cubic meter in size, weight less than 400kg, and can be built in months rather than years. The first two satellites of the Anuvu Constellation are dedicated to Anuvu’s aviation and maritime customers and will provide high-performance connectivity over North America and the Caribbean.
“We aim to expand our connectivity network in a way that is scalable and agile for our mobility customers” stated Josh Marks, CEO of Anuvu. “Astranis and its MicroGEO satellites will offer Anuvu customers freedom from decades-long contracts or outdated legacy systems. Most significantly, they are quick to market, have a mission life of seven to ten years, and can be controlled and updated from the ground, enabling our mobility clients to pivot their business model as new technology is introduced.”
The satellite constellation will complement Anuvu’s existing connectivity infrastructure and provide a hybrid network across orbits.
“The Anuvu Constellation continues the expansion of our layered capacity model and lays the groundwork for a global hybrid network that will include GEO, LEO, and MicroGEO capacity,” added Marks. “The satellite world needs to move faster, and our fully managed, vertically integrated and rapidly scalable solution gives our clients the connectivity they need today and in the years to come.”