ANYWAVES selected by Thales Alenia Space for Omnispace’s first space and ground 5G network
Toulouse, France, 24 September 2020 – ANYWAVES, the only European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer for satellite constellations, has just been selected by Thales Alenia Space, the prime contractor developing OMNISPACE’s satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. ANYWAVES will deliver payload user antennas that will be embedded into the initial set of two satellites that Thales has been contracted to build.
The satellites will serve to advance the development and implementation of the first global hybrid communications network, which Omnispace will operate in non-geostationary orbit (NGSO).
Thales Alenia Space selected ANYWAVES antenna solution for the OMNISPACE project based upon its expertise in deploying commercially available antennas (S-band, X-band and GNSS all-bands antennas), as well as its industrial expertise in payload antenna design. The Omnispace satellite constellation will support 3GPP-defined standards and operate in the S-band.
The ANYWAVES payload antennas will be integrated into a NanoAvionics platform, and will be delivered by the second trimester of 2021. The small form factor of the payload antennas are optimized to support Omnispace’s unique mission of delivering satellite-based IoT communications direct to the device.
According to Pascal Dagras, ANYWAVES CPO, “This contract highlights our capacity to develop tailored antennas to meet the market’s needs. Being selected by an industrial player such as Thales Alenia Space is a great recognition of our know-how. ”
Julie Ruhlmann, OMNISPACE Program Manager at Thales Alenia Space comments: “ANYWAVES’ capacity to design customized antennas perfectly suited to our needs is the reason why we selected them to work alongside with us on this project. ”
This selection by Thales Alenia Space demonstrates ANYWAVES’ ability to quickly deliver reliable and competitive products for its clients’ payloads. It will also offer to this European « pure player » antenna equipment manufacturer a flight heritage regarding the satellite IoT market.