AST SpaceMobile is a company headquartered in Midland, Texas, that is building a global cellular broadband network in outer space. The company will launch its first test satellite, called BlueWalker 3 (BW3), that will be capable of sending data directly to unmodified smartphones from Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The giant BlueWalker 3 satellite will be launched by SpaceX atop a Falcon 9 rocket on September 10 at 7:51 p.m. ET [date and time is subject to change]. “Made in TX — size matters! BlueWalker 3's 693 sq ft array would be largest-ever commercial comms array in LEO,” said AST SpaceMobile’s Chairman and CEO Abel Avellan, “We're building the first & only cellular broadband network in space backed by 2,400 patent and patent-pending claims. Removing before-flight tags today!!!” Avellan shared a photo of the gigantic satellite, linked below. The large array antenna is designed to connect mobile phones from a much longer distance than traditional cell towers. The company conducted over 800 tests on the satellite to assess its performance and has permission from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to beam data from BlueWalker 3 to Texas and Hawaii.
Made in TX — size matters! #BlueWalker3's 693 sq ft array would be largest-ever commercial comms array in LEO. We're building the first & only cellular broadband network in space backed by 2,400 patent and patent-pending claims. Removing before-flight tags today!!! 🦾🤠🇺🇸 #5G🌐📶 pic.twitter.com/Vx4oNVNYCK— Abel Avellan (@AbelAvellan) August 31, 2022
Getting BlueWalker 3 ready to leave Midland!— Abel Avellan (@AbelAvellan) July 19, 2022
Just leaving the nest!— Abel Avellan (@AbelAvellan) July 19, 2022
Elon and Mike helped the world focus attention on the huge market opportunity for SpaceMobile, the only planned space-based cellular broadband network. BlueWalker 3, which has a 693 sq ft array, is scheduled for launch within weeks! 🌐📶 #5G— Abel Avellan (@AbelAvellan) August 26, 2022
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Evelyn Janeidy Arevalo
Evelyn J. Arevalo joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover news as a Space Journalist and SpaceX Starbase Texas Correspondent. Evelyn is specialized in rocketry and space exploration. The main topics she covers are SpaceX and NASA.