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NExSat 1

NExSat 1 [BST]

NExSat 1 is an experimental earth observation satellite built by the National Authorithy of Space Sciences (NARSS) in Egypt in collaboration with Berlin Space Technologies (BST).

NExSat-1 is the first of a series of experimental satellites that will enable NARSS to fly and test new technologies. The satellite that is built in collaboration with Berlin Space Technologies is a micro satelite of 65kg that carries two medium resolution cameras of 7.5 m GSD from a 700 km orbit. The responsibility for the system design of the satellite as well as the final assembly is in the hands of NARSS.

The imaging payload consists of two cameras, which have a resolution of 7.5 m and a joint swath of 30 km. They will both be used for environmental monitoring.

Berlin Space Technologies won the contract to provide sub-systems and services to support this program. Since NARSS has full system responsibility and will integrate the satellite in their own labs while BST acts as a consultant only.

Currently manufacturing of subsystems is underway. The launch of the satellite is planned for mid 2019.

Nation: Egypt
Type / Application: Technology, earth observation
Operator: NARSS
Contractors: NARSS, Berlin Space Technologies
Equipment:
Configuration: LEOS-50 bus
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 65 kg
Orbit: 700 km SSO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NARSS - 2019 with ?

References:

  • Tom Segert, Narayan Prasad Nagendra: The 3 Levels Of Small Satellite Capacity Building. Explained With Real World Examples in IAC-16,B4,1,2,x34771, 30 September 2016