SCS Space’s nSight-1 nanosatellite: picture perfect

nSight-1 120 days in orbit
September 28, 2017

California

SCS Space’s nSight-1 nanosatellite: picture perfect

nSight-1 is a nanosatellite designed and built by South African based SCS Space, a member of SCS Aerospace Group. Together with Pinkmatter Solutions and the Department of Trade and Industry, SCS Aerospace Group invested in the Sight-1 nanosatellite which forms part of the European Commission’s QB50 project.  The nanosatellite was launched to the International Space Station on 18 April 2017 and successfully deployed into 400km low-Earth orbit on the 25 May 2017.

Following a variety of systematic health checks and system performance checks, SCS Space can inform with delight that nSight1 mission operation is satisfactory with the following milestones being accomplished:

  • System checks of the primary science payload (FIPEX) was successfully and is now ready to operate as a part of the international QB50 science project.
  • The SCS Gecko imager, SCS Space’s imaging payload, has produced its first 27km x 60km image of an area within Canada.  The image was taken from an orbit height of 400km and a ground sampling distance of 30m.

The video clip below gives an overview of this image.

Here are the various images relating to the above video:

Other milestones achieved confirming the system performance of the secondary payloads, are:

  • The Gravity Wave Experiment produced its first measurement data results and was delivered to Experiments Lead, Mr. Philip Wagner.
  • The first detection results were produced by the Radiation Experiment and delivered to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) for interpretation.  The nSight1 satellite is at this stage in a stable and healthy state, with current temperature ranges in a satisfactory range of 15-25 degrees Celsius, and ongoing control system sensor calibrations in order to ensure stability during orbit. The battery and solar panels operates as expected supporting a positive energy balance throughout mission actions.

Major next steps:

  • Primary science payload (FIPEX) fully operational over the next 6 months
  • Imaging payload to successfully deliver pictures at regular intervals of tasked points of interest
  • Ground station optimization and automation

Thank you to all our project partners including Pinkmatter Solutions, Department of Trade and Industry, Space Advisory Company, NewSpace Systems, Stellenbosch University, CubeSpace, Spaceteq, Simera Technology Group, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, DeltaV Aerospace, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Amateur Radio Society.

Regards, Hendrik Burger

SCS Space: CEO

A member of the SCS Aerospace Group

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