Elbit Systems launches a nanosatellite for a commercial communication

The Logo of the Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems is to be seen at their offices in the city of Haifa, Israel, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems said on Wednesday that the nanosatellite, called Nanova, was successfully launched into space.

Nanova has been developed in partnership with a private limited liability company incorporated in the u.s., and is scheduled to be a part of a nanosatellite constellation for commercial purposes.

Nanova will be controlled from a ground control station set up in Haifa, Israel. It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

The nanosatellite has a size of a juice carton, and has an ultra-high frequency communications payload that will provide a direct satellite link for data, voice, and sms text messages.

“We’re going to have to continue to invest heavily in this area, the expansion of sensing capabilities, and the range of possible applications,” Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems ‘ aerospace division, said.

Reporting by Tova Cohen

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