Vega Launch Delivers Seven Space Micro Subsystems into Orbit


San Diego, CA – September 3, 2020

Space Micro announced the launch and insertion into orbit of seven satellite subsystems for multiple customers on the September 2, 2020 Vega VV16 rocket launch from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guinea.

These subsystems include a space camera, star trackers, a Command and Data Handling (C&DH) computer, and transceiver:

  • • Space Micro’s SpaceCam™ 4K Camera is a 12-megapixel space-qualified camera with a 4096-pixels by 3072-line frame capable of up to 24 frames per second.
  • • The μSTAR-200M ™ Star Trackers are proven high-performance, radiation-hardened stellar attitude determination systems to ensure accurate, reliable functionality in the harsh space environment, with accuracy of 1-5 arcsec and an update rate of 10 Hz.
  • •The Proton2X-Box ™ C&DH Computer provides a modular hardware and software platform to enable highperformance processing, data storage, input/output control and power management capabilities.
  • • Space Micro’s Integrated SX Transceiver is a rad hard, space qualified integrated S-Band uplink and X-Band downlink transceiver.

Originally scheduled to launch earlier this year, Arianespace’s Vega launch had been delayed due to novel coronavirus closings of facilities and most recently, unfavorable weather affecting launch conditions. The launch vehicle carried 53 payloads for 21 customers from 13 countries.

David J. Strobel, Space Micro CEO commented, “With this long-anticipated launch, Space Micro’s radiation-hard, affordable subsystems are supporting multiple customers and programs in LEO, and dramatically increasing our space flight heritage which is quickly approaching two million (2.0M) hours in space.”