UKSA Issues RFI for AIsat 1N Nano-Satellite Payloads – Satellite Today


No longer operational, Alsat 1 was Algeria’s first national satellite and was designed and constructed by SSTL at the within a collaborative program with the Algerian Centre National des Techniques Spatiales (CNTS). Photo: SSTL

[Via Satellite 10-10-2014] The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding “hardware/software payloads and potentially novel platform components” for a joint UKSA-Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) 3U Nano-Satellite: Alsat 1N. The agency intends to release a full announcement of opportunity in December, and the satellite is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2016.

Algerian graduate students will contribute to the design, build and operation of Alsat 1N, for which education is the primary purpose. The U.K. is tasked with platform hardware design. Once the design and build is completed at Surrey Space Center, AIsat 1N will be transferred to the ASAL satellite development facility in Oran, Algeria, where operations will also be conducted.

A selection panel will decide on which payloads will be carried out in early 2015. To qualify, payloads must be ready for functional testing and integration by 2015.

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