Australian NewSpace company Fleet has marked the first day of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2017 in Adelaide, Australia, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with France’s space agency, CNES. The signing took place in a ceremony with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, head of the state which Adelaide is a part of.
Fleet is currently building a fleet of nanosatellites to deliver a global backhaul service for the Internet of Things (IoT). The first two nanosatellites, planned for launch in 2018, will be tracked by CNES’ network of ground communications antennas.
Said CNES President Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall, “At CNES, we are actively looking for partnerships with game changing NewSpace players…at CNES we consider NewSpace as a complement to what we do. The CNES-Fleet collaboration is the perfect example.”
Said Co-founder and CEO of Fleet Flavia Tata Nardini, “Partnering with a leading international space agency puts us in a strong position for the future. The relationship will play a key role in ensuring that the digital nervous system we’re creating for Earth succeeds. They will also serve as a valuable asset as we begin to connect organisations to our network”.
Founded in Adelaide in 2015, Fleet closed Series A funding, led by Blackbird Ventures, earlier this year. The firm has also been an active proponent of an Australian agency, which was made official earlier today.