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Orbital Micro Systems and NanoAvionics partner on weather observation satellite launch

(3 December 2018 - Orbital Micro Systems) Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and weather intelligence analytics, has announced it is partnering with NanoAvionics, an innovation leader in nanosatellite bus and flight-proven subsystem technologies, to conduct a rideshare mission to fly one of OMS’s miniaturized passive microwave sensors. The mission will utilize the NanoAvionics M6P 6U satellite bus.

“OMS is delighted to work with an industry leader such as NanoAvionics in deploying an additional passive microwave sounder,” said William Hosack, chief executive officer for OMS. “The M6P is quickly becoming the gold standard for flexible bus solutions. It provides a high degree of reliability which enables us to deliver better weather data collection technology. This advanced bus architecture will help us accelerate our activities and enable us to quickly expand into multiple vertical and geographic markets.”

OMS is on track to launch multiple weather observation satellites in 2019. This mission will carry a humidity and precipitation monitoring sensor that will enhance the company’s data collection capabilities. These important atmospheric parameters play a role in decision-making, affecting many industries.

NanoAvionics’ innovations in bus technology include a green propulsion system, reliable avionics and control systems, and multiple transmission options. The M6P bus provides up to 5U of payload capacity which can be segmented for multiple systems or applications with compatible orbital requirements.

“Our goal at NanoAvionics is to provide a highly functional and reliable satellite bus which innovative payload developers such as OMS can utilize to deliver space-based applications quickly and frequently,” said Vytenis Buzas, CEO of NanoAvionics. “Space missions leveraging our services and buses can become much more economical for participants in shared missions through distributed launch costs.”

About Orbital Micro Systems

Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) specializes in the development and delivery of technology and data for space applications. With broad expertise in applied science, weather science and earth observation, instrumentation development, data science, space operations, and program delivery, OMS is positioned to deliver innovation to many areas of the aerospace sector.

About NanoAvionics

NanoAvionics is a nanosatellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator. Its flagship multi-purpose M6P is the first preconfigured nanosatellite bus in the sector, designed to serve emerging commercial space markets. The company’s efforts are focused on enabling critical satellite functions and optimizing their launch, hardware and operation costs – ranging from single missions to constellations. Its core engineering team has implemented over 40 successful satellite missions during the past several years.