Flying Laptop Satellite to be Launched on July 14

Students of the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, will launch the Flying Laptop small satellite on July 14 using the full MOIS suite for mission preparation, planning and automation. Once in orbit, the satellite will test new technologies, including a reconfigurable FPGA onboard computer, a novel unfolding mechanism and a GPS experiment, as well as scientific earth surveillance.

Flying Laptop is the first of the Small Satellites Program of the University of Stuttgart. The mission will establish the foundation for the required infrastructure and the expertise for the program. With dimensions of 60x70x85 cm³ and a mass of 120 kg, the satellite will go into orbit as a secondary payload. It is three-axis stabilized and will orbit and survey the earth in a low polar orbit of approximately 600 km.

The satellite passed its flight and operational readiness reviews on March 7, and will be shipped to its launch site by the end of April. The main operational tests for the satellite were also conducted successfully earlier this year, using operational scenarios as they are expected to occur during in-orbit operation. After its launch, the Flying Laptop mission will be operational for two years.

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The satellite is being developed and built at the IRS and will be operated by the institute's own ground station. Ph.D. students and undergraduate students from the University of Stuttgart are in charge of the design, development, construction, and future operation of the satellite, using the full MOIS suite.  

MOIS has contributed to more than 100 space missions, and it is used as a standard by the European Space Agency (ESA) and other national space agencies and major manufacturers. The software optimizes the processes involved in mission preparation and operations, from the manufacturing to the monitoring and the control of the spacecraft.

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