Omnispace has selected Thales Alenia Space, to develop two satellites as the initial component of its satellite-based Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure. Omnispace is working toward a global hybrid communications network based on 3GPP standards. Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, will begin working immediately, and the satellites are scheduled for launch in 2021.
These initial satellites will operate in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO). They will support the 3rd Generation Partnership Project telecommunications specifications for Narrow-Band IoT radio interface.