Scotland’s got its first satellite

Named UKube-1 and built by Clyde Space, it’s a 3U cubesat and reportedly signals have been acquired from it.  This is the first spacecraft built in Scotland.  It was launched aboard a Soyuz 2-1B from Baikonur Cosmodrome a few days ago:

The primary payload was Meteor M2, a Russian weather satellite, and a large number of small satellites.  In addition to UKube-1, the flight lofted the Norwegian payload AISSat-2, a Russian commercial satellite called DX1 for Dauria Aerospace, an American commercial imaging satellite called SkySat 2 for SkyBox Imaging, the English TechDemoSat out of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, an amateur radio enthusiast satellite called FUNCube-2 from AMSAT, and a Russian microsatellite called Relek to study the magnetosphere.

Canada’s M3mSat technology demonstrator was, however, pulled from the manifest due to the ongoing Ukrainian situation.  Latvia was also to have their first ever satellite on this flight, but for reasons I’m not aware of, Venta-1 was pulled.  I do not know if it has anything to do with the Ukraine or if there was a technical problem or what.

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