The first high resolution images of the Earth transmitted by TopSat, the micro-satellite designed and built by a QinetiQ-led consortium of British firms, have been received at QinetiQ’s
The low cost Earth observation satellite is just weeks into its mission following a successful launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in
TopSat was designed and built by a consortium of British companies led by QinetiQ. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) developed and manufactured the satellite platform and was responsible for the integration of the payload testing, arranging the launch at Cosmos, and commissioning the satellite platform in orbit. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) designed and manufactured the on-board camera and Infoterra is marketing TopSat data products.
In the future, a constellation of three or four TopSat satellites could image almost any point on the Earth at least once a day, subject to cloud conditions, opening up the potential for quick response imagery which is extremely cost effective to deliver.
TopSat is one of three satellite projects funded under the MOSAIC programme (the BNSC Small Satellite Programme). The programme is intended to exploit the
The satellite image shown here was acquired at on
The programme has been jointly funded by the British National Space Centre (BNSC) and the UK Ministry of Defence at a mission cost below £14m.