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TU Graz Satellites

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. TU Graz students were involved in every phase of the project, from construction of the satellite, through testing, to analysis of the data from space.

At the moment we are developing a nanosatellite that will provide a secure and reconfigurable hardware/software platform and will probably be launched in autumn 2019. OPS-SAT, as the new mission is named, is an open, flying laboratory and will develop and test revolutionary new control systems and software solutions under real conditions in the final orbit. Once again the project will need lots of support from TU Graz students!

Manuela Wenger, systems engineer of BRITE-Austria

Students get the chance to work in international satellite projects in the concept and construction phase, in testing and into operation. It is a good feeling to know that your work and the work of your team is really up there in space.


Services for Students

  • Hands-on-Experience of space projects
  • Working on different phases of a space mission, such as simulations (e.g. orbit, link, mechanical and thermal properties, space debris mitigation), Hardware & software design of satellite components, preparation and testing of subsystems and the whole satellite, ground control station design to operation and data analysis.
  • International collaboration


  • 2015: the European Space Agency ESA assigns TU Graz a new nanosatellite project – OPS-SAT
  • TUGSAT-1/BRITE-Austria has been the first Austrian nanosatellite in space since 2013. The BRITE Constellation developed into an exemplary international project because it is the first nanosatellite being used for astrophysical research.
  • Many Master's thesis projects and doctoral projects in many subject areas related to space technology.


Would you like to be part of the TU Graz Satellites team? Visit our website to find out more about our team or send us an email to iksnoSpam@tugraz.at with the subject „Satellite Team“!