The AlSat Nano will launch in late September
A JOINT CubeSat mission between the UK Space Agency and the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has just been shipped to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India for launch in late September.
Once the spacecraft, the AlSat Nano, has arrived it will undergo a series of final preparations before being integrated into the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, the UK Space Agency said.
The UK Space Agency and the ASAL have enhanced their collaboration in space programmes since a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in 2014. This MoU has established the AlSat Nano as a joint educational development programme where Algerian graduate students receive training from the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey (SSC).
The AlSat Nano is Algeria’s first CubeSat mission and the ASAL is providing the launch, and operations will be undertaken by Algerian operators trained at the Surrey Space Centre.
The UK Space Agency commented: “The AlSat Nano programme, delivered jointly with our Algerian partner, demonstrates the UK Space Agency’s open and collaborative approach to international space projects, and the UK expertise in the innovative and fast moving field of small and nanosatellites.”
The spacecraft will carry three carefully selected payloads into orbit when it eventually launches for the purpose of carrying out a number of space-based scientific experiments.