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Austin space tech firm CesiumAstro sends its first satellite into orbit

Austin-based space communications company CesiumAstro has gone into space for the first time since launching its experimental technology on Monday.

CesiumAstro, which was founded in 2017, builds communication technologies for space and air platforms. Its hardware and software products are designed to be used for a variety of commercial and satellite communications needs.

The company’s technology launched on Monday as a secondary payload for the Atlas V rocket, which delivered NASA’s Landsat 9 into orbit after launch from California’s Vandenberg Space Force base. The mission had previously been postponed due to a lack of liquid oxygen and was further repulsed by strong winds.

Now in orbit, its own hardware and software will allow CesiumAstro and its customers to experiment with electronically controlled, multi-beam technology with active phase arrays. The two-satellite system will sit in low-Earth orbit and will allow the company to conduct trade and defense experiments until 2026.

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