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SNAP-1 (2000)

UK’s first nanosatellite in orbit, SNAP-1 (2000)

The SNAP-1 nanosatellite was designed to develop a modular, multi-mission nanosatellite bus (mass range of 1-10 kg), to demonstrate the use of miniature electrical and mechanical COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) product technologies in space and their use as autonomous robots for observing orbiting space vehicles.
SNAP-1 was designed and built as a low-cost research mission by a joint academic-commercial team at the Surrey Space Centre and at SSTL, funded entirely by SSTL.    

Craig Underwood with SNAP-1 

SNAP-1 in build

SNAP-1 final assembly phase