Picosat Systems and its partner, the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), trialled the deployment of its OzQube-1 pico-satellite on a "Zero-G" flight above France last week. Check out the full story at icrar.org/picosat. Click on the link in our bio.
Picosat Systems, together with UWA and Woodside Energy, recently ran SpaceWorX, an event that brought together people and organisations in Perth who are working in space and space-related areas.
Dr Megan Clark AC, chair of the Australian Space Capabilities Review, was our keynote speaker. We heard from government, research and industry. You may not know it, but there's a lot of space stuff happening in Western Australia.
Picosat Systems' Cofounder and CEO, Conrad Pires, MC'd and presented at the event.
What does OzQube-1 do? Earth Observation (EO). A 2 megapixel colour camera will send back images of Australia.
BTW, that's the SW tip of Western Australia (North is to the left). We are based in Perth on the Swan River, which is directly above the lone island in the picture (Rottnest Island). 📷 NASA
Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) - How do we point OzQube-1? With passive magnetic stabilisation, just like Australis-OSCAR 5.
2 neodymium magnets inside align with the Earth's magnetic field to point OzQube-1's camera downwards over Australia.
Image credit: YouTube channel Beautiful Earth