OneSat reprogrammable on track

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21/10/2022
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The OneSat family of geostationary software-defined telecommunications satellites has successfully passed its first qualification exam.

The first part of the OneSat qualification review successfully demonstrated the maturity of the various developments to move forward safely towards the start of satellite integration activities.

OneSat establishes a new paradigm for geostationary telecommunications satellites by using software to allow them to be reprogrammed in space and using off-the-shelf commercial components.

The OneSat range of satellite products is developed and validated under an ESA Novacom partnership project in collaboration with the French Space Agency (CNES), with satellite manufacturer Airbus and numerous suppliers from eight EU Member States. ESA.

In particular, the review confirmed Safran as the reference supplier for electric thrusters. It also demonstrated the successful qualification of a new xenon flow controller designed and manufactured by Advanced Space Technologies, a dynamic small and medium-sized company in Germany.

Airbus has already sold seven different OneSats satellites to various commercial customers, and counting.

The Onesat qualification will be completed by the system tests carried out on the assembled satellite.

Through the OneSat partnership project, ESA, together with CNES, is helping Airbus and its European partners shape the future of geostationary satellites. ESA and CNES work closely with the Airbus development team using an effective co-management approach, aligned with best business practice, which maximizes benefits for industry.

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