Switch-on for TechDemoSat-1's payloads
8 new technologies on-board TechDemoSat-1 begin their 3 year mission.
This week innovative payloads being flown onTechDemoSat-1 have been switched on for the first time, marking the start of the small satellite’s 3 year mission in orbit. The satellite is a demonstration test-bed for the UK, and was launched in July this year. It flies 8 new technologies for UK academia and industry partners, who are hoping that data from their payloads will prove concepts and verify space-worthiness.
With the platform commissioning phase complete, from this week the spacecraft is running on an 8-day cycle designed to ensure that all the payloads receive fair “on-time” and that their own individual requirements for power and data processing are met. The first 6 days of the cycle is operated from the Satellite Applications Catapult using a mission planning system dedicated to operating the 8 external payloads, and then on days 7 and 8, SSTL controls the spacecraft from our Mission Control Centre here in Guildford for basic housekeeping tasks and to run our own product developments.
An 8 day operating cycle
We’ve already had some exciting developments from the spacecraft. Soon after launch, we were treated to a TechDemoSat-1 selfie followed by a TechDemoSat-1 in-obit video and recently we’ve been able to announce some early results from one of SSTL’s on-board developments, the SGR-ReSI, which has demonstrated the measurement of ocean winds and waves from space.
We’re looking forward to reporting on the progress of TechDemoSat-1’s passengers and everyone involved is hoping for some great results – we’ll keep you posted.
If you’d like to learn more about this UK mission, then read 22,296,864 amazing things you need to know about TechDemoSat-1 - a great article from TechDemoSat-1’s customer, Innovate UK.
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Early results from TechDemoSat-1
24 October 2014
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