TIGER Mission to be Initiated After OQ Technology and GOMspace Sign Contract

OQ Technology has signed a contract with GOMSpace to implement the TIGER mission — the TIGER mission represents a precursor mission to OQ Technology’s In-Orbit Demonstration satellite MACSAT.

The objective of TIGER is to demonstrate the transmission and reception of OQ Technology’s innovative Internet of Things (IoT) waveform using an existing satellite in space.

The mission will make use of a GOMX-4 satellite, which is part of a research and development mission by GomSpace. It includes two, 6U smallsats, each weighing 10 kg. that work together in formation to perform electronic surveillance in the arctic region. They were launched on February 3, 2018, and are still flying in LEO. The satellites carry Software-Defined Radio (SDR) payloads that can be programmed in space.

Artistic rendition of the GOMX-4 smallsat.

Image is courtesy of GOMspace.

OQ Technology in collaboration with GomSpace will perform the experiment by uplinking the required pieces of the software to send and receive the signals. This will further reinforce the capability of OQ Technology’s proposed waveform to carry user IoT data over the satellite, as well as provide valuable information about the satellite channel that can be used to optimize OQ Technology’s product.  Furthermore, it will pave the way and mitigate risks for OQ Technology’s final satellite IoT demonstration mission MACSAT. The mission will be implemented in a fast and agile way, which characterizes the business approach of NewSpace startups. 

Omar Qaise, CEO of OQ Technology, said the company’s vision is to upload our software to any software-defined radio payload on any other satellite. Given the high level of scalability that the firm can integrates into this system once deployed, the firm may no longer need to build its own satellites and could simply transform any flying satellite into an OQ Technology payload host providing this service to the end customer. OQ Technology is grateful to GomSpace for allowing the company to use their satellite and their SDR for the TIGER mission.

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