OPS-SAT is a 3U CubeSat launched by the European Space Agency on December 18th 2019. The mission is to demonstrate the improvements in mission control capabilities that will arise when satellites can fly more powerful on-board computers. As a flying laboratory, it will test and validate new techniques in mission control and on-board systems.

The first results are in, read all about them here.
View an extensive list of publications here

A mission concept summary is available here and the following presentations were given at a recent conference and can be viewed on YouTube:

Experimenters have the possibility to upload their own software and test it with the OPS-SAT payload systems (ADCS, Camera, GPS, FPGA, Optical Receiver...)

This platform guides experimenters through the software development and testing process, and supports on any upcoming questions or issues. In order to get full access, a registration is required. To become an experimenter, please fill-out the experimenter's form (PDF 413 KB) and send it to the OPS-SAT Experimenter Support Team via email - Only after approval of your application you can register on this community platform. For the complete process of registering and running an experiment, see How to become an experimenter

Current status:
OPS-SAT was launched on the 18th of December 2019 at 08:54:20 UTC from French Guyana on an Arianespace Soyuz launch vehicle. The LEOP has been successfully completed. The mission has completed its commissioning phase where each payload was turned on and checked are performed with relation to communications, power, and thermal aspects. Currently the mission is in its operational phase.

OPS-SAT is the first:
  • CubeSat directory operated by ESA
  • ESA spacecraft to use CFDP in orbit (CCSDS File Delivery Protocol)
  • satellite accessible over the internet by experimenters
  • fully open hardware and software innovation Lab in Low Earth Orbit

Post-processed mages acquired by OPS-SAT are published on a regular basis and can be found on Flickr.

(Image acquired by OPS-SAT while orbiting above Argentina, near the Andes)

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