Earth Observation Mission News
First Buccaneer satellite mission hailed as a success
23 October 2018
A satellite jointly developed by UNSW Canberra Space and Defence Science and Technology (DST) has been operating on-orbit successfully for more than nine months.
The Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission cube satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in November 2017.
UNSW Canberra Space Director Professor Russell Boyce said the mission has achieved its key objectives.
"Shortly after the launch, the satellite was successfully commanded from Australian small satellite ground stations at DST and UNSW Canberra Space, which have shared daily communication with the spacecraft over the subsequent months," Professor Boyce said.
The satellite has successfully deployed its three-metre, X-shaped antenna that is part of the novel payload designed by DST. It is one of the core pieces of technology that will be used in future Buccaneer missions.
Image credit: UNSW - The Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission cube satellite was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. .