Surrey Space Technology’s largest ever satellite, UoSAT-12, was launched on Wednesday from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, by a Russian Dnepr rocket, which was converted from an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The 350kg mini satellite, now in a low 650km orbit, is the result of a £5.5m investment by the Guildford-based company to produce low cost, advanced observation and research satellites. It is a departure from SSTL’s usual 50kg satellites launched as piggyback payloads on larger satellites.
UoSAT-12 carries a wide-angle camera to demonstrate a high-resolution multi-spectral payload for weather observation.
It also carries the Merlion microwave digital communications package from South Korea’s Nanyang Technical University and novel propulsion and attitude control technologies, SSTL said.