First open hardware satellite launched to the International Space Station

First open hardware satellite launched to the International Space Station

On Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 11:11 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket launched an Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft designated OA-7 to the International Space Station. UPSat, the first open hardware and open source software satellite was among its cargo. UPSat also happens to be the first satellite designed and manufactured locally in Greece by the University of Patras and the non-profit Libre Space Foundation as part of the QB50 international research mission. Data transmitted from UPSat will be received by SatNOGS, the global open source satellite ground station network.

This launch marks an important milestone for open source space exploration, paving the way for more open source software and hardware space technologies to come.

More info on UPSat is available at

Libre Space Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Athens, Greece developing, and supporting open source technologies for space applications, creating open ecosystems around them.

SatNOGS is an open source global satellite ground station network developed and supported by Libre Space Foundation

QB50 is an international mission of cubesats exploring thermosphere the higher parts of earth’s atmosphere

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