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UK-DMC 1 (BNSCSat 1)


BNSCSat (British National Space Centre Satellite) or UK-DMC 1 is the UK component of DMC. The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a novel international co-operation in space, led by SSTL bringing together organisations from seven countries: Algeria, China, Nigeria, Thailand, Türkiye (Turkey), the United Kingdom and Vietnam. The DMC Consortium is forming the first-ever microsatellite constellation bringing remarkable Earth observation capabilities both nationally to the individual satellite owners, and internationally to benefit world-wide humanitarian aid efforts.

UK-DMC hosts a high capacity 1-Gbyte solid data recorder, a micropropulsion experiment that will qualify an ultra-low cost system for future nanosatellites and a GPS reflectometry payload to look for reflections of GPS signals from the sea surface.

UK-DMC 1 was retired in November 2011.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: British National Space Centre
Contractors: SSTL
Equipment: 32-meter resolution imager in 3 spectral bands
Configuration: Microsat-100
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years (8 years reached)
Mass: 100 kg
Orbit: 677 km x 694 km, 98.21°
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
UK-DMC 1 (BNSCSat 1) 2003-042D 27.09.2003 Pl LC-132/1 Kosmos-3M with STSAT 1, Bilsat 1, NigeriaSat 1, Mozhayets 4, Larets, Rubin 4-DSI


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