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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.    

An 8 day operating cycle

The Satellite Operations room at the Catapult (image courtesy of the Satellite Applications Catapult)

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. 

Early results from TechDemoSat-1

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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