After a year of hard work, we are most of the way through our production backlog. At this time we can start accepting new orders for reaction wheels and star trackers.
We are not yet taking orders for optical downlinks, but by all means contact us with your requirements and we can start technical discussions.
In February of 2016 we closed our order book for the year, in order to concentrate on renewing the organization. It's not quite 2017 yet, but we have made some very positive developments since then.
Most exciting for me, I have been able to get back into the lab and invent things. We now have a brand new product line, taking our expertise in miniaturized precision spacecraft systems into a novel arena. Our first units launch on two satellites in 2017.
What is it? You'll have to wait just a little longer to find out! We will be unveiling our new direction at the Reinventing Space Conference in London, October 24.
Congratulations to ISRO and SpaceFlight Industries on today's successful PSVL launch. It carries BlackSky Pathfinder-1, which incorporates Sinclair Interplanetary reaction wheels.
Congratulations to Terra Bella and Arianespace on the successful launch of four more SkySat satellites (numbers 3, 4, 5 and 6). They carry the following Sinclair Interplanetary designed equipment:
When we move into our expanded facility in September we will have 600 sq-ft per employee. While it's tempting to bask in our Fortress of Solitude, we should probably bring on some more staff to help fill the space.
We are looking for:
Chief Operating Officer
Star Tracker Developer
Both positions are full time, permanent posts working from our downtown Toronto office.
We have downloaded about 10 MB of engineering telemetry from the first two ST-16RT2 star trackers on-orbit, and it looks amazing. Successful quaternion generation rate is in excess of 99.9%. The overall angular error is half that of the previous generation ST-16.
Both the ST-16 and ST-16RT2 have the same basic optical parameters: 16 mm focal length, 10 mm entry pupil. The difference is that the ST-16 uses an industrial video lens, while the ST-16RT2 uses a full custom lens that we designed from scratch. The electronics and software are identical between the two. Designing and manufacturing this new lens was incredibly expensive and painful, and we often wondered whether it was worthwhile. We can say now that yes, it absolutely was.
Congratulations to ISRO on today's PSLV launch which put another 20 spacecraft into orbit. Three of these satellites carry Sinclair Interplanetary attitude sensors and actuators.
SkySat-C1 has the first two ST-16RT2 new generation star trackers to fly. We eagerly await telemetry to determine just how much extra performance the improved optics will provide. It also has the first four RW3-1.0 reaction wheels giving it the torque required for rapid re-targetting. Rounding out the suite, it has the last magnetic torque rods built at Sinclair Interplanetary before the product line was licensed to SpaceFlight Industries.
M3MSAT has six RW-0.06 reaction wheels arranged as two redundant triads, along with three dual-wound magnetic torque rods. It also has the last six SS-411 digital sun sensors built at Sinclair Interplanetary before the product line was licensed to NewSpace Systems.
CLAIRE (GHGSAT-D) has three RW3-0.06 reaction wheels and an ST-16 star tracker. This is the first star tracker to fly with the RS485+CAN build option, connected to a CAN digital communications bus.
ETA: Thomas theorizes that this is the first (and likely last) single launch to carry the entire Sinclair Interplanetary product line: magnetic torque rods, reaction wheels, sun sensors and star trackers. I believe he is correct.
We are often asked "If I buy your equipment, what pointing accuracy can I achieve?" It's a difficult question, because while we sell attitude sensors and actuators we do not sell complete ACS solution engineering.
The University of Toronto Space Flight Laboratory has just published a paper (here) on the results of the BRITE constellation. Using an ST-16 star tracker and three RW-0.03 reaction wheels they achieve 12 arc-second 1-sigma pointing error as measured by their payload telescope. The BRITE satellites are 7 kg 20x20x20 cm cubes, and can be thought of as equivalent to 8U Cubesats.
This is by far the best pointing performance ever achieved by a nanosat, and we congratulate SFL on the accomplishment.
On May 30 Satellogic successfully launched the first two satellites of the Aleph-1 constellation, Fresco and Batata, on a CZ-4B out of China. These spacecraft are notable in that they carry the first RW3-0.06 reaction wheels built under license. Sinclair Interplanetary transferred the technology to Satellogic, and these parts were made in Uruguay.
By licensing proven designs to constellation makers we can reduce the satellite cost and keep Sinclair Interplanetary focused on innovation instead of serial production.
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