ARGOS (ARTIC R2) Satellite Communication Guide

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Who can use ARGOS?

At the time of writing, the ARGOS system is currently limited to programs which are related in some way or other to environmental protection, awareness or study, or to protecting human life.

If your project qualifies, then the ARGOS satellite system and our ARTIC R2 products are the perfect solution. The ARGOS instrumentation on board the satellites is extremely sensitive, meaning that your equipment can transmit ARGOS-4 VLD at 100 mW and even lower, extending your battery life considerably. The power draw of our ARTIC R2 products is much lower than equivalent Iridium or Swarm products.

However, the environmental limitations for ARGOS are about to change! Kinéis, heir of the ARGOS System, are in the process of testing a new frequency band between 399.9MHz and 400.05MHz on ANGELS in preparation for the launch of the new constellation of 25 nanosatellites. This new MSS (Mobile Satellite Service) band is not restricted to environmental programmes. Kinéis will become a true Internet-of-Things communication provider - open to all!

The new 399.9MHz to 400.05MHz band is subject to national certification, and so may not be available in all countries.

It is an exciting time for satellite communication. You may enjoy the following news links: