December 18, 2019 / 12:53 PM / 4 months ago

Elbit Systems launches nanosatellite for commercial communications

TEL AVIV, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems said on Wednesday its nanosatellite, called Nanova, was successfully launched into space.

Nanova was developed in collaboration with an unnamed U.S. company and is planned to be a part of a nanosatellite constellation for commercial purposes.

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

The nanosatellite is the size of a juice carton and hosts an ultra high frequency communication payload providing a direct satellite link for data, voice and text messaging.

"We plan to continue to invest in this emerging field, expanding our sensing capabilities and the range of potential applications," Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems aerospace division, said. (Reporting by Tova Cohen)

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