Austrian Nano Satellites

Within the last decade, a new field of competence has emerged in Austria,the so-called nano satellites. They are small satellites with a weight between 1 and 10 kg.

Since 2013, three nano satellites have been launched for scientific purposes. They transmit data of very bright stars (TUGSAT-1, UniBRITE), or explore the thermosphere (PEGASUS). The fourth, launch planned for 2018, will test and validate new techniques in mission control and on-board systems (OPS-SAT).

The increasing expertise in nano satellites goes along with the adoption of the Austrian Outer Space Act in 2011.

MOST

Since 2003, ground station in Vienna. Developed by Technische Universität Wien. Operated by Technische Universität Wien.

Programme: supports Canadian nano-sat MOST (Microvariability and Oscillations of STars)

TUGSAT-1 / BRITE-Austria

Since 2013, an optical astronomy spacecraft. Developed by Graz University of Technology, University of Vienna and Technische Universität Wien. Operated by Graz University of Technology. 

  • Programme: BRITE (BRIght Target Explorer) Constellation.
  • Funding: Austrian Space Applications Programme

UniBRITE

Since 2013, an optical astronomy spacecraft. Developed by Graz University of Technology, University of Vienna and Technische Universität Wien. Operated by the University of Vienna. 

  • Programme: BRITE (BRIght Target Explorer) Constellation. 
  • Funding: Austrian Space Applications Programme (operations)

PEGASUS

Since 2017, an Earth observation spacecraft. Developed by University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Technische Universität Wien, University of Vienna and Austrian Space Forum. 

  • Programme: QB50 a network of 36 nanosatellites built by university teams all over the world. 
  • Funding: European Union Horizon 2020, Austrian Space Applications Programme (pulsed plasma thruster)

OPS-SAT

Launch planned for 2018, an in orbit test bed for innovation. Developed by Graz University of Technology.

Programme and funding: European Space Agency, General Science and Technology Programme

Austrian CubeSat Initiative

Since 2017. Implemented within ESA's General Science and Technology Programme