OPS-SAT Space Lab

OPS-SAT Space Lab is an ESA service to help accelerate innovation in OPS related areas. It uses powerful, reconfigurable space elements that can be used for in-flight experimentation not possible or desirable on other missions. The service provides access to these labs for all European industry and institutions, using a fast, cost free, non-bureaucratic process. Industry can concentrate of generating value while ESA assumes the risk of performing these experiments.

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ESA's OPS-SAT is the first of its kind, with the sole purpose of testing and validating new techniques in mission control and on-board satellite systems. The satellite is only 30cm high, but it contains an experimental computer ten times more powerful than any current ESA spacecraft.

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OPS-SAT VOLT

The OPS-SAT concept has been adopted by the ESA ARTES ScyLight Strategic Programme Line to create OPS-SAT VOLT, offering reconfigurable payloads that enable in-orbit testing and demonstration of cutting-edge technologies.

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Training

The OPS-SAT Space Lab provides many opportunities for training in the context of spacecraft operations, with on-site courses and hands-on simulation exercises.

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SMILE

SMILE is an open-to-use, flexible mission control and validation environment based at ESA’s operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany, made up of a lab and two antennas.

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ARTES ScyLight

ScyLight is one of 3 Strategic Programme Lines that ESAs Member states have setup to put particular focus on areas like Optical and Quantum Communications (ScyLight, 4S and Space for 5G).

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