Lemur-2 Ella1
Satellite Lemur-2 Ella1 (Ella 1)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 4U
Status Operational (Do not know which name and catalog object this satellite is but all of them are identified as of 2023-12-23)
Launched 2023-11-11
NORAD ID ? (All are tracked but do not know which name it is)
Deployer EXOpod Nova 12U/16U [Exolaunch]
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-9)
Organization Spire
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation (HQ) US
Nation (AIT) UK
Manufacturer AIVT by Spire
Operator Spire
Partners hiSky

Constellation for GPS radio occultation weather data, AIS and ADS-B.


hiSky is thrilled to announce the successful launch of the “Ella1” nanosatellite into orbit, utilizing the 4U Lemur platform designed, built, and operated by Spire Global, and equipped with a Ka and Ku payload to showcase hiSky’s Smartellite™ multi-orbit network-as-a-service.

The ‘Ella1’ journey will start with in-orbit commissioning phase and advance bus checkout to verify that all the nanosatellite components are functional, this first stage of tests will take approximately 3 weeks.

During the second stage hiSky will be carrying out payload on-orbit performance verification and validation, checking the Ka and Ku payloads with hiSky’s ground stations. This stage is scheduled for the 3 weeks following the initial testing period.

The third stage of Ella1’s journey will be dedicated to showcasing hiSky’s SmartelliteTM ground network operating multi-orbit connectivity.

This remarkable achievement not only highlights our commitment to advancing space exploration but also signifies a groundbreaking leap in satellite technology, serving as a testament to hiSky’s mission and dedication.

The “Ella1” nanosatellite, a pivotal project within the ongoing collaboration between hiSky, the United Kingdom Space Agency, and the European Space Agency through the ARTES Core Competitiveness Program, embarks on a mission with two primary goals: showcasing hiSky’s Smartellite™ network with Low Earth Orbit constellations, underscoring our network’s exceptional adaptability and efficiency, and highlighting Multi-Orbit Switching Technology. The mission will showcase our network’s unique capability to seamlessly switch between Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites and LEO satellites. This is made possible through our quick-synchronizing modem and electronically steerable antennas, setting a new standard in satellite technology.

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Keywords AIS, ADS-B

Last modified: 2023-12-27

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