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Lift-off for two British demo satellites

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Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2014 01:39 AM by AlexMuller

Two British spacecraft, including the first satellite made in Scotland, have launched to orbit. The pair were sent up on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. TechDemoSat-1 was prepared in Guildford by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, with the assembly of UKube-1 undertaken at Clyde Space in Glasgow.

 
Both platforms will trial innovative components, sensors and instruments that their producers hope can go on to win future business. TDS-1 and UKube-1 have emerged from government-backed programmes designed to spur growth in the British space sector. Ministers have identified satellites as one of their "eight great technologies" that can help rebalance the economy.
 
Lift-off for the Soyuz occurred on schedule at 21:58 local time (16:58 BST). Confirmation that the UK missions were safely in orbit came just over three hours later when signals were received from the pair. The spacecraft were secondary payloads on the flight; its main purpose was to launch a Russian meteorological satellite, Meteor-M2.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-10
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Good news for the UK efforts to take part in space explorations - there is sufficient interest, technology and investment to make further progress. Good luck! Reply


 

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