Successful satellite mission

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June 17, 2013:

ÅAC Microtec celebrates successful satellite mission

The TechEdSat satellite built in cooperation with NASA re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on May 5th 2013.

ÅAC Microtec group announces the successful completion of its TechEdSat satellite mission. As planned, TechEdSat re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on May 5th, 2013 after seven months of operation.

The TechEdSat satellite, small enough to fit in a briefcase, was developed in cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center and San Jose State University. It was deployed into space from the International Space Station (ISS) on October 4th, 2012. During the mission, ÅAC Microtec has demonstrated its innovative concept of rapid integration and radiation-tolerant avionics in orbit.
cubesat launch small     TechEdSat withEarthbackground

The left image is a photo of TechEdSat together with two other satellites after their deployment from the International Space Station (ISS). The right image is a photo of TechEdSat with the Earth in the background. Both photos were taken by an astronaut inside the ISS. Images courtesy of NASA.

“We have shown that we can build a satellite in 4 months. During the mission it was also confirmed that ÅAC Microtec’s components stand the extreme conditions of a rocket launch and operation in space. The key factors for the success of the mission were the good and fruitful cooperation with NASA, the fantastic commitment from our dedicated employees and the support from the Swedish National Space Board.” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO of ÅAC Microtec.
The results of this mission mark a stepping stone for the company. Trust into satellite avionics is built up through flight heritage - the actual use of technology under real mission conditions. The results of the TechEdSat mission are being used in the design of the next satellite, ORS^2, which is 6 times bigger than TechEdSat and it will be launched in end of 2013.

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TechEdSat together with two other satellites after their deployment from the International Space Station
(ISS) in front of the the solar arrays of ISS and the Earth. The photo was taken by an astronaut inside the
ISS. Image courtesy of NASA.

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