Earth Observation Mission News
Mission accomplished for ESA’s butane-propelled CubeSat
24 December 2018
The cereal-box sized GomX-4B – ESA's biggest small CubeSat yet flown – has completed its mission for the Agency, testing out new miniaturised technologies including: intersatellite link communication with its GomX-4A twin, a hyperspectral imager, star tracker and butane-based propulsion system.
"This multifaceted little mission has performed extremely well in flight," says Roger Walker, overseeing ESA's Technology CubeSats. "What its results demonstrate is that European CubeSats are now ready for operational deployment, as the first generation of CubeSat constellations in low Earth orbit for a variety of applications.
Image credit: ESA–G. Porter, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO - GomX-4B