- Satellite Evolution
ANYWAVES and LOFT ORBITAL set foundations for long partnership with a launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9
The Franco-American company LOFT ORBITAL enlists ANYWAVES’ services to carry the French manufacturer S-band antenna onboard YAM-3 microsatellite. Scheduled to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in June 2021, this first collaboration between the two space actors establishes the foundations of a strong and long-term partnership.
In early March, Nicolas CAPET, ANYWAVES’ CEO, and Antoine de CHASSY, LOFT ORBITAL’ s Co-founder and President, signed a partnership agreement at ANYWAVES’ headquarters.
In addition to the delivery of two space antennas in an especially short timeline of one week, this first step exemplifies both companies’ willingness to enter into a strong partnership, with long-term prospects.
According to Nicolas CAPET, ANYWAVES’ CEO, "It is a huge step having this level of confidence from one of our major customers. This is also an opportunity for significant commercial and business development between our two companies."
"The meaning of this partnership with ANYWAVES stems from an intimate knowledge of the technology," said LOFT ORBITAL Co-founder and President Antoine de CHASSY. "Each of us focuses on their area of expertise and that is how we can bring the cost and delays down which is exactly what the customers want right now."
YAM-3, short for Yet Another Mission, will fly various payloads for multiple customers’ missions such as precision positioning, earth observation and IoT; which is the mission addressed by ANYWAVES’ antennas after this upcoming June launch.
According to ANYWAVES, this partnership is not only a commercial success for its S-band antenna, but it is also recognition of its expertise as an equipment manufacturer. This also further emphasises LOFT ORBITAL’s footprint in France since its French entity’s inception in 2019.
For both companies, it reflects the common goal of demonstrating France’s growing capabilities and expertise in the space industry.