UPSat – the first open source hardware and software satellite is delivered!

UPSat – the first open source hardware and software satellite is delivered!

We are proud to announce the delivery of the first completely open source software and hardware satellite!

A major step towards UPSat’s launch has being completed. Its successful delivery to Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISpace) took place on August 18th in Delft, Netherlands. UPSat is the first complete delivery to ISISpace as part of the QB50 project.

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UPSat during checkout

Engineers from the University of Patras and Libre Space Foundation, the makers of UPSat, in cooperation with Von Karman Institute and ISISpace engineers have successfully concluded all needed tests and checkout procedures, to enable UPSat’s integration to the NanoRacks launch system. Subsequently, UPSat will be delivered to Orbital ATK, and then launched to the International Space Station via a Cygnus automated cargo spacecraft. After successful docking to ISS, UPSat will be launch by the NanoRacks deployment pod aboard ISS.

UPSat delivered (center)
UPSat delivered (center)

This delivery marks a major milestone towards the realization of Libre Space Foundation vision for an open source technologies ecosystem in space, while also being the first satellite built in Greece.

Keep an eye for more technical posts about the delivery itself and calls to action about next steps in the mission (tracking, analyzing data etc). Onward we go!

6 thoughts on “UPSat – the first open source hardware and software satellite is delivered!

    1. Pierros Papadeas

      Hey M5AKA! LambdaSat was not built in Greece, and as a matter of fact it was made from COTS components, so not really built but rather assembled.

      UPSat was designed, constructed, assembled and tested in Greece from scratch.

      That’s not to say that LambdaSat did not pave the way for more Greeks to be involved in the space industry :)

  1. Congratulation, this is a good news

  2. Wes

    Congratulations! I look forward to hearing UPSat on the air.

    Wes
    AE6ZM & VE7ELE
    AMSAT #39587

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