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OPS SAT: The Flying Laboratory. Smallest ever

The new date for the launch is December 18. It was delayed following an anomaly in the automated sequence. Blast-off will be in three stages. See below for times.

The small, low-cost test satellite is specifically designed for operational experiments in space.  It includes the most powerful flight computer on board any current ESA spacecraft. It is only 30cms high.

Consumer electronics have gone through a revolution over the last 30 years.  Computers have become ever faster, smaller and better. But when it comes to million- or even billion-euro satellites, their onboard hardware and software have not seen this revolution because of the risks of testing new technology in flight.

The innovation on the operational side of satellites is a very slow-moving process. This is where OPS-SAT steps in.  It brings down the barriers to spacecraft operations and provides a chance to safely test out new mission control techniques.

Young graduate Trainees are welcome at the European Space Agency.  Anyone can apply to become an ‘experimenter’ and test their innovative software and new mission operations techniques in space.  Would you like to try?  An amazing opportunity to put your skills to work.

OPS-SAT will be launched with ESA’s Cheops satellite from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

0830-0920 – launch and separation of 1st payload group
1052-1122 – orbital increase and separation of CHEOPS
1253-1354 – orbital increase and separation of 3rd payload group followed by success statements

Are you a space fan?  Do you watch the launches and space walks?  What do you think of this idea?


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