According to a Parliamentary communication issued last Tuesday, the Israeli tech firm hiSky will soon be opening its R&D center at the Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire, a hub that is growing fast and is already home to more than 90 space companies.
The UK Space Agency, whose funding is allocated through the European Space Agency (ESA), provided hiSky with £9 million to develop cutting-edge space telecoms technology within the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) in Harwell.
HiSky aims to be the world’s first low-cost satellite network operator, bringing innovative technology to voice and data satellite communications, and leveraging existing satellite capacity to reduce costs associated with building and launching new satellites.
Part of the new project will integrate and develop 5G networks into their ‘Smartellite’ satellite receiving terminal and carry out a demonstration to show how it can connect seamlessly between different satellites and operators. This will help roll out the next generation of Internet of Things technology, connecting machines and vehicles around the world and enabling remote monitoring of infrastructure such as power lines and wind turbines.