TU Graz students reach for the stars! TUGSAT-1/BRITE-Austria is the name of our satellite – at 20 cm in length and 7 kg, the first Austrian satellite in space. This cube satellite has been measuring the brightness fluctuations of stars since 2013.
In 2019, it has been joined in space by the OPS-Sat nanosatellite, which TU Graz built for ESA and is the world's first flying laboratory in which "space software" is tested in orbital flight. TU Graz students were and are intensively involved in all phases of these two projects - from satellite construction and the test phase to the evaluation of data from orbit.
The next small satellite is already under construction at TU Graz: PRETTY will measure ice masses and ocean waves from space for climate research from 2022.