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Astrocast joins a crowded field of IoT small satellite providers

Astrocast has announced that the test launch of its low-earth orbit (LEO) IoT-focused satellite network was a success. Launched by Spaceflight, on the back of a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, the startup is hoping to launch its own LEO constellation that it can use to serve the 90% of the earth’s surface that Astrocast claims is not covered by cellular networks. Of course, given that around 70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, there is no need to have complete global coverage for the vast majority of applications, except for maritime use cases. But there is certainly a need to bring more connectivity options out to underserved territories, especially to support industrial and IoT applications…

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