The Tunisian telecom company “Talnat” announced on Wednesday that the “Challenge One” satellite sent radio signals towards Earth, announcing the success of the post-launch phase, which is considered the most complex of operations.
The company explained on its Facebook page that its engineers are currently implementing verification plans that have been set up to start the operation phase, adding that the post-launch phase is progressing as previously planned.
The “Challenge One” satellite, entirely manufactured in Tunisia and devoted to the Internet for connected devices, or what is termed “the Internet of things”, was launched into space on Monday from Baikonur base in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian “Soyuz” missile.
And “Challenge One” made by “Talnate”, reached its orbit on the same day aboard a “Soyuz” missile.
The experimental satellite aims to collect data from sensors, including thermometers, pollution detectors connected to the Internet, positioning chips, or moisture sensors, to be read in real time even in areas not covered by the network on the ground.
The transmission capacity of “Challenge One” is 250 kilobytes per second over a range of 550 kilometers, and it will try to meet the increasing need to connect things through satellites, as the terrestrial Internet does not cover more than 20% of the Earth’s area.
Source: “Mosaique FM”