OPS-SAT – your flying laboratory

OPS-SAT is ESA's flying laboratory that you can use to test out your experiments in orbit.

The mission of OPS-SAT is to show what satellites are capable of when carrying powerful on-board computers, demonstrating improvements in mission control capabilities.

Entirely controlled via the SMILE lab at ESA’s ESOC Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany, OPS-SAT is the world's first mission specifically dedicated to mission operations.

Open access to all on-board resources and systems will be provided to ‘Experimenters’ – any ESA Member State institution or company able to carry out relevant software experiments in line with OPS-SAT’s capabilities.

Combining a powerful on-board computer with state-of-the-art technologies, including a high-resolution camera, optical receiver, radio equipment and orientation systems, the tiny satellite makes it possible to perform a vast range of experiments on Europe’s flying laboratory.

Experimenters Day at ESOC

Experimenters Day will take place on 18 June 2019, and will bring together teams and individuals who wish to use OPS-SAT to perform their own experiments in space at ESOC.

The day gives experimenters the chance to interact with the OPS-SAT team, to pitch their experiments and visit the SMILE control facilities, as well as network with others planning to use the flying laboratory.

To date, more than 100 experiments have been registered, with submisison coming from start-ups to leading space players.

Please contact Benjamin Fischer at benjamin.fischer@esa.int to register for this day.

Preliminary schedule
09:00 - 09:30 Introduction ESA/ESOC and Technical University of Graz
09:30 - 11:00 Experimenter presentations (Pitch your experiment)
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:00 Information exchange and OPS-SAT related workflows
12:00 - 13:00 Tour of SMILE and ESOC
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Demonstrations
15:00 - 17:00 Workshops (NMF, SEPP, FPGA, OPS, Software integration)
17:00 - 18:00 Wrap-up, Q&A, Networking

Apply to become an experimenter

To become an experimenter, please contact the project manager David Evans, at david.evans@esa.int.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest by registering to join the OPS-SAT community platform, here.

Artist's impression of Ops-SatAccess the image

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