22nd November 2017
From the 6th to the 20th of November, at the Vostochny launch site (Tsiolkovsky, Amur Oblast, Russia), the teams of German Orbital Systems GmbH (GOS) and iSky Technology s.r.o. (iSky) conducted final preflight checkout procedures of the D-Star ONE cubesat (www.d-star.one) subsystems and telecommunication modules.
All tests were completed successfully. Based on the results GOS and iSky concluded that the satellite is fully ready for launch. D-Star ONE was integrated into the deployer which was mounted on the Fregat upper stage’s adapter frame and successfully passed joint test with electrical systems of the upper stage.
The deployer, launch services and technical support for the D-Star ONE mission were provided by ECM Space Technology GmbH (Berlin, Germany).
The launch of D-Star ONE is scheduled for November 28, 2017 along witht the Meteor-M No. 2-1 meteorological mission of the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos. On its way to orbit the main payload will be accompanied by 18 small satellites, 14 of which are CubeSats (including the D-Star ONE) launched by ECM Space Technology GmbH.
D-Star ONE will be the first private LEO communication CubeSat as well as the first German commercial CubeSat. The satellite was designed and built by German Orbital Systems GmbH in cooperation with iSky Technology, a commercial partner from the Czech Republic. Among other payloads, D-Star One will host four communication modules with D-Star capability, two of which will be fully dedicated to the amateur radio community.
German Orbital Systems (www.orbitalsystems.de)
German Orbital Systems is a Berlin-based space company. It was founded in 2014 by former scientific staff of the Technical University of Berlin and is the first German company focused on the CubeSat market. The product portfolio includes subsystems and turn-key satellite missions, which consist of the ground-, space- and launch segments. Since 2016, GOS has been responsible for the separation sequence as a part of ECM Space Technologies GmbH CubeSat dispensers.
iSky Technology (www.iskytech.com)
iSky Technology is a Czech space company established in 2016. The company is actively developing in the segment of strategic mission planning, space market analysis, and turn-key space solutions. iSky Technology develops conceptual solutions for businesses in the space industry: from mission design to launch, software development and satellite operation on orbit. iSky Technology specializes in smallsat constellation projects and operates successfully in the North American, European and Russian markets.