WASHINGTON — A startup planning a constellation of small satellites to link Internet of Things devices says a recent test using another operator’s spacecraft will help it compete with more advanced startups despite not having any satellites in orbit.
OQ Technology of Luxembourg used GomSpace’s two GOM-X4 cubesats in low Earth orbit to demonstrate waveforms for a future constellation. The tests began in July and will continue until the end of the year.
In an interview, Omar Qaise, founder and CEO of OQ Technology, said the tests showed how the company could leverage satellites from other operators by reprogramming their onboard software-defined radios to link with sensors, machines and other Internet of Things devices.
“If we find a flying [software-defined radio] on any other satellite that fits our requirements, we could simply use that to provide IoT machine-to-machine services by uploading our software,” Qaise told SpaceNews. “If we don’t find that, then the next step is a hosted payload. If we don’t find that, then the third step is really building and launching our own satellites.”
OQ Technology is one of around two dozen companies hoping to capture a piece of the Internet of Things market. Many ...