27. Dezember 2018

Today, D-Star ONE Sparrow and D-Star ONE iSat have been successfully launched as part of an ECM smallsat cluster on the Soyuz-2/Fregat from the Vostochny launch site (Russia). During the first orbits, beacons were received in the US, Germany, Czech Republic and Belarus, confirming the successful separations of the satellites on their target orbit 585 km, 97,73 deg, SSO.

During the first low-elevation overpass over Berlin at 09:30 CET, our team established successful contact with both satellites. The received telemetry confirms nominal status of all systems. Once all systems are checked, we will turn on the D-Star modules for initial tests. First tests with our ADS-B modules are scheduled for the next days.

German Orbital Systems is a Berlin-based space company. It was founded in 2014 by a former scientific staff of the Technical University of Berlin and is the first German company focused on the CubeSat market. The product portfolio includes subsystems and turn-key satellite missions, which consist of the ground-, space- and launch segments. Since 2016, GOS has been responsible for the separation sequenceas a part of ECM Space Technologies GmbH CubeSat dispensers.

iSky Technology is a Czech New Space company established in 2016. iSky Technology is actively developing in the segment of mission strategic planning and “turn-key” solutions. iSky Technology develops conceptual solutions for businesses in the space industry from the satellite design to successful launch and on orbit operation.

ECM Space is a leading European launch services provider and cluster integrator, offering easy, cost-effective and regular access to space for small satellites. Over the past year, ECM has arranged launches for more than 40 international small satellites to sun-synchronous orbits and plans to launch over 50 international small satellites in 2019. With a variety of launch opportunities (SSO, HEO, GTO/GEO) and focusing on an individual approach to each satellite, ECM provides the most optimal launch solutions for start-ups, universities, commercial companies, space agencies and scientific institutions. Supplementary to the launch services, ECM Space designs and manufactures in-house 12U/16U CubeSat deployers and develops low-shock separation systems for microsatellites.