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.

A mission concept summary is available here (PDF 489 KB) and the following presentations were given at a recent conference and can be viewed on YouTube:


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 .

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)

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