Although only 30 cm high, its innovative computer is ten times more powerful than on any current spacecraft owned by European Space Agency. OPS-SAT is the ESA’s technological satellite designed to test and validate new space technologies that have never before been tried out in-orbit. To date, over 100 companies and institutions from 17 European countries have registered experimental proposals to fly on the world’s only spacecraft open for public use.
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The task given to GMV Poland was extremely challenging given that ESA specified that the space to ground interface for the on-board software should use a never before flown standard called Mission Operations Services. This is part of OPS-SAT's mission goals but it was never going to be easy -
explains David Evans, OPS-SAT mission manager at ESA.
The OPS-SAT mission is very important for GMV in Poland and the whole Polish space sector. This is the first time when Polish engineers delivered flight on-board software for ESA satellite. Moreover, implementation of Mission Operation Services standard enables GMV to familiarise itself with this breakthrough technology -
says Paweł Wojtkiewicz, GMV’s director for space in Poland.
The ultimate success of the project is due to lots of hard work and close cooperation between GMV, the prime (TU Graz) and ESA. Without the flexibility, dedication and skill of the GMV team OPS-SAT would not have been ready to fly -
concludes David Evans.