KINÉIS CONSTELL’ ACTIONS
Kinéis Constell'Actions is the monthly newsletter dedicated to progress on the design and deployment of the Kinéis connectivity system for the Internet of Things (IoT). The year got off to a strong start for Kinéis with the announcement of the launch window for the first launch of 2024 in New Zealand, the prelude to a rich and exceptional year that will intensify from June onwards as the constellation is deployed. The Toulouse teams still have a lot of work ahead of them until D-Day! Thanks to Constell'Actions, you can go behind the scenes of the Kinéis adventure. Welcome on board and enjoy your reading!
WIDE MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LAUNCH WINDOW FOR THE 2024 1st LAUNCH
On Tuesday 16 January 2024, on BFM Business, Alexandre Tisserant, CEO of Kinéis, officially announced the launch window for the 1st launch, from 10 June to 9 July 2024, which will initiate the deployment of the Kinéis constellation. The general press (TV, radio, web and print) covered the news widely, as did social networks, employees, partners, the media and influencers, giving Kinéis increased visibility. Some key figures following the announcement: around fifty articles (Le Monde, Les Echos...), TV and radio appearances (B Smart, France Info, France Inter), thousands of interactions on LinkedIn, around fifteen tweets on X...
HEMERIA LAUNCHES INDUSTRIALIZATION OF THE 1st NANOSATELLITES FROM THE KINEIS CONSTELLATION
Kinéis nanosatellite in production at Hemeria in Toulouse ©Kinéis2024
In the Kinéis project, Toulouse-based Hemeria is responsible for the platform and integration of the nanosatellites. A major player in the French space industry for over 50 years, a long-standing partner of CNES and a leader in the small satellite sector, Hemeria has begun the production of the 25 nanosatellites in the constellation. This satellite industrialization phase is taking place at Hemeria's site in Toulouse, where a special clean room is dedicated to this activity. The first 4 nanosatellites are currently being manufactured to build the batch of the first 5 satellites (4 + the flight model satellite, the Proto-Flight Model) which will take off next June from New Zealand. Everything is ready to start the second batch of nanosatellites in February.
TECHNICAL TEAMS BRILLIANTLY OVERCOME THE DIFFICULTIES OF "ROUTINE" QT TESTS WITH DEGRADED SCENARIOS
The Kinéis and CNES teams at the Kinéis Control Centre at the Toulouse Space Center (CNES)
For 10 days, the integrated Kinéis-CNES teams worked together at the Kinéis Control Centre on the CNES site in Toulouse to carry out new 'routine' technical qualification (QT) tests, but this time using degraded scenarios. The special feature of these degraded-mode tests was the injection of technical anomalies on the satellites during the constellation's daily operations. The aim was to test the capacity of the systems to manage these malfunctions as quickly as possible, while maintaining full control of operations and guaranteeing the smooth operation of Kinéis connectivity for the Internet of Things.
For example, ensuring that a satellite that has triggered survival mode* is properly taken over, or reconfiguring the ground station network after an antenna has undergone maintenance.
At the end of these tests, the Kinéis-CNES engineers demonstrated the ability of the on-board ground system to withstand these contingencies and recover its nominal performance in order to carry out its mission.
Next step: operational qualification tests of the post-launch sequence
*Survival mode is the operating mode adopted by a spacecraft when the on-board control system is unable to eliminate a major anomaly. It occurs mainly when the spacecraft is unable to determine its orientation, to control its rotational movements or when the available energy falls below a critical threshold. In this mode, the priorities of the control software are to control the orientation of the spacecraft, to produce energy (orientation of the solar panels) and to establish a radio link with Earth in order to obtain instructions for restoring normal operation.
The Kinéis and CNES teams in a red mood during the tests ! ©CNES-Kinéis2024
KINEIS RECEIVES THE WINNERS OF THE "YOUR DRAWING IN SPACE" COMPETITION AT HEMERIA
Parents and children with their drawings engraved on a plaque identical to the one in the satellites ©Kinéis2024
The 15 young winners (aged 6-17) of the national drawing competition, "Ton dessin dans l'espace" ("Your drawing in space"), organized by Kinéis and the Cité de l'espace at the end of 2022 on the theme of "Satellites for a better understanding and protection of the Earth", were welcomed with their parents on Wednesday 31 January at Hemeria in Toulouse, where the 25 Kinéis nanosatellites are produced.
On the program for the young artists from all over France:
- Presentation of the Kinéis satellite model,
- Explanation of the production stages,
- A look through the glass of the clean room at the weights engraved with their drawings.
It was a pleasure to share our project with them, to make them dream and also to perhaps create a few vocations! What an emotional afternoon for the children, parents and staff!
Engraved drawings by Sérilec ©Bprod-Kinéis2024
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