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US nanosatellites company Swarm Technologies launched the latest 24 satellites, using the launch pad on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula operated by Rocket Lab.
The company said after the launch that California-based Swarm now has 36 satellites in orbit.
Rocket Lab had a number of other clients at its launch, including Valve, a game software company, providing six other satellites in between.
Swarm is in the process of building a global Internet of Things (IoT) network using its satellites, which it plans to use 150 of by the end of 2021. Among its customers is a company that plans to operate a stronghold connected car services.
Once Swarm is up and running, Swarm will cost $ 119 per modem, which can be included with the hardware, then a usage fee of $ 5 per month.
Rocket Lab, with support from Bessemer Ventures and other sources, was started in California in 2006 by Peter Beck. This was the company’s first launch with a reusable missile.
“It took an enormous effort from several teams across Rocket Lab, and it is exciting to see this work paying off in a major step towards making the Electron a reusable rocket,” Beck said.
In September, Swarm used the French company Arianespace to launch 12 previous nano satellites on a single Vega rocket from French Guiana in South America.
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