OPS-SAT Experiments First Results
Dear OPS-SAT Experiment Community,
I am writing with the great news that the first non-ESA experiments have been executed on OPS-SAT and the results are impressive. ESA released the following web article today. There are lots of links in that page to the experimenter's own press releases, the photo archive on Flickr etc.
It will not be the last as we have quite a few experiments in the pipeline.
I would also like to draw your attention to the experimenter portal https://opssat1.esoc.esa.int/ - which Georges Labrèche has updated with some latest news and presentations. There is some good information there - including a video of a live pass the team made at the Open Source Cubesat Workshop in December and demos.
Finally I would like to remind you that experiments are entirely free up until Nov 2021. After that point ESOC cannot continue to operate the mission for free and so we will be asking the Member States to contribute. If we do not cover the cost somehow then the mission will be terminated. We will not charge the experimenters of course but if any of you know your ESA delegate (please find out who they are, as I cannot tell you) then please let them know what you are doing on this platform and that you would like it to continue after Nov 2021. It would be such a shame to turn off the mission when we still have not fully realised its potential! To help communicate this, I attach a simple concept presentation that you can distribute. It is also on the experimenter portal.
All the remains is for me to wish you all a merry Christmas and thank you for keeping faith with us during those difficult days in the commissioning. With your help, 2021 will the year of OPS-SAT-1 - and maybe the start of OPS-SAT-2!