Safran, based in Rennes, France, has secured a contract to equip LeoStella’s LS-300 satellite buses with their N-SPHERE GNSS receiver. This collaboration strengthens the partnership between Syrlinks, a producer of radiocommunication and geolocation systems for the space industry acquired by Safran in 2022, and LeoStella, a manufacturer of small satellite constellations in the United States.
Under the agreement, Syrlinks’ N-SPHERE GNSS receiver will be integrated into LeoStella’s latest satellite platform, the LS-300. The N-SPHERE solution’s positioning and synchronization techniques aim to enable real-time precise onboard orbit determination (P2OD). The N-SPHERE can synchronize with various GNSS systems, offering high-precision positioning at an accuracy level of around 10 centimeters.
This integration of highly precise localization capabilities into the LS-300 bus provides LeoStella with access to international defense customers.
“We’re delighted to be pursuing our collaboration with LeoStella, based on the selection of our advanced GNSS receiver,” said Jean-Marie Bétermier, Senior Vice President Space, Safran Electronics & Defense. “There’s no better vote of confidence than continued collaboration with a customer. It shows that our products are dependable and always at the forefront of technology.”
“Syrlinks and LeoStella have built a solid partnership over the course of several collaborative programs,” said Kylie Hall, Supply Chain Manager for LeoStella. “LeoStella is looking forward to building N-SPHERE into the development of its future satellite platforms, which marks an important milestone in our ongoing partnership.”
This partnership positions Safran and Syrlinks as key contributors to LeoStella’s endeavors in advancing satellite technologies, especially in the small satellite constellation domain, showcasing their commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the space industry.