Kanyini satellite successfully completes critical testing milestone 

14 Mar 2024

South Australian satellite, Kanyini, has achieved another key milestone with the successful completion of its Environmental Stress Screening (ESS) ahead of the satellite’s mid-2024 launch.

The critical ESS testing was conducted at the ANU Institute for Space | InSpace’s National Space Test Facility in Canberra.

The robust testing verifies the satellite’s ability to withstand the rigours of space by exposing it to the harsh physical and environmental conditions it is expected to encounter over its operational life.

In passing this milestone, Kanyini has already achieved one of our key goals for this mission.

Peter Nikoloff, Kanyini Mission Director

Fully manufactured in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, Kanyini underwent two weeks of challenging trials that included exposing the satellite to extreme temperature variations, intense vibrations, and crushing vacuum conditions. The satellite remained fully operational throughout the extensive testing, passing the screening with flying colours.

With Kanyini’s full System Integration Review also concluded, the successful completion of this testing now sees the wholly South Australian-based mission team embarking on the final manufacturing phase in readiness for launch.

The Kanyini build is a remarkable example of South Australian space industry collaboration and expertise driving major advances in local capability. The successful completion of this critical milestone brings us one step closer to realising our mission of seeing home grown South Australian space technologies launched into low Earth orbit. We are excited about the possibilities that Kanyini holds both in terms of building space heritage for South Australian space companies and the information it will provide to benefit our communities and services here in South Australia.

Hon. Susan Close, Deputy Premier SA

The launch of Kanyini marks a pivotal step for the South Australian space sector, set to build space heritage for local satellite manufacturing, Myriota Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and mission lead capabilities – a fundamental requirement for success in the global space sector.

Once in orbit, Kanyini’s dual IoT and imager payloads will deliver critical space data to be used by government and research institutions here on Earth to expand their knowledge, particularly in relation to sustainability and climate impacts.

The enhanced onboard processing capability of the Hyperscout 2 imager, together with advanced Artificial Intelligence algorithms, enables smart processing of data directly in orbit, supporting rapid decision-making for time-critical applications such as smoke detection for bushfires and a range of other services.

This milestone advances our mission and also positions South Australia at the forefront of the national space industry. Collaboration with partners SmartSat CRC and Inovor Technologies has been key in leveraging home-grown expertise. Once launched, Kanyini will enhance the Myriota Network and facilitate critical IoT sensing worldwide, addressing issues such as water quality, crop health, and bushfire resilience.

Dr. David Haley, Myriota CTO and Co-Founder

The Kanyini mission is a collaboration between the South Australian Government, the SmartSat CRC as mission lead, Adelaide-based commercial satellite manufacturer Inovor Technologies, and global IoT connectivity provider Myriota.

Kanyini will be launched onboard SpaceX’s Transporter-11 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA.

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