Astroscale to launch its first microsatellite on 28 November from Russia

The IDEA OSG 1 microsatellite. Image courtesy of Astroscale.

Astroscale is “the first private company with a mission to secure long-term spaceflight safety by developing space debris removal services.”

Launching its corporate headquarters in Singapore in 2013, R&D office in Japan in 2015 and branch office in the United Kingdom in 2017, it is now ready to launch “the world’s first in-situ space debris monitoring microsatellite in low-Earth orbit.”

IDEA OSG 1, as it is called, will be launched on November 28 at 14:41:46 (JST) from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome with the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos meteorology mission Meteor-M №2-1.

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The microsatellite was shipped from Japan at the end of September. IDEA OSG 1 now awaits checkout before rocket integration at the launch site.

The microsatellite – just two and a half years in the making – will be placed in an elliptical low-Earth orbit at an altitude of 600 – 800km, and will monitor the size and position of space debris to create debris distribution maps to better understand the space environment.

Information on the IDEA OSG 1 provided by Astroscale:

Size 400mm×400mm×600mm
Mass 25kg
Insertion Orbit Apogee Altitude (about 800km)
Perigee Altitude (about 600km)
Polar Orbital Plane
Launch Vehicle Soyuz-2/Fregat
(provided by JSC Glavkosmos)
Mission Modules Space Debris Monitor
Attitude Control & Sun Sensor, Magnetomenter, MEMS Gryo,
Determination System 3 axis-control Magnetorquer


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