UoSAT-1: Launched 1981

UoSAT-1: Launched 1981

UoSAT-1 was the first satellite designed and built by Martin Sweeting and a small team of research scientists at the University of Surrey.  They set out to investigate and demonstrate the feasibility of the design, construction and launch of a scientific small satellite at low cost.  The satellite program was completed within a 30 month time-scale, and within a budget of £250,000. 

UoSAT-1 signals were heard, decoded and analysed by thousands of radio amateurs, schools, colleges, and universities around the world.

UoSAT-1 was the first modern microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computers.