OPS-SAT is a CubeSat currently being built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and it is intended to demonstrate the improvements in mission control capabilities that will arise when satellites can fly more powerful on-board computers. It consists of a satellite which contains an experimental computer that is ten times more powerful than any current ESA spacecraft. The OPS-SAT mission has the very clear objective to break the cycle of “has never flown, will never fly” in the area of satellite control. It is going to be the first CubeSat operated directly by ESA.
The first results are in, read all about them here.
- Concept Summary (PDF 1.45 MB).
- Experimenter Operations (PDF 1.73 MB)
- Onboard AI with Tensorflow Lite on the SmartCam App (PDF 674 KB)
- Experimenter Framework (PDF 415 KB)
- Automation tools and typical pass sequence (PDF 1.61 MB)
- Camera Acquisition System (PDF 406 KB)
To register your own experiment and finally run it in space, fill-out the the experimenter's form (PDF 413 KB) and send it to one of the contact points, eg. the project manager David Evans firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have registered your experiment already, you can create an account in this system. We manually approve new accounts on a regular basis.
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)