Satellite footprints

FOSSASat-1 LEO PocketQube satellite

Position:LEO
Manufacturer:Fossa Systems
Operator:Fossa Systems
Launch operators:Rocket Lab
 SpaceX
Launch vehicles:Electron
 Falcon 9
Launch date:12/06/2019
Expected lifetime:6 Years

FOSSASat-1 LEO PocketQube satellite is operated by Fossa Systems from Spain. It was the company’s first satellite (1P, 5cm Qube weighing under 250g) and was launched on December 6th, 2019, on an Electron KS launcher operated by Rocket Lab with their ‘Running Out of Fingers’ mission. The Pico-satellite is one of the smallest satellites ever launched into space and will provide free and open source IoT communications for the globe using inexpensive LoRa modules.

Fossa Systems is a privately held leading aerospace company that develops Pico-satellites for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) services. The company also offers low-cost PocketQube launch opportunities and PocketQube design, in-house manufacturing and testing.

On July 8th, 2021 the company signed an agreement with Berlin-based Exolaunch for the launch launch two PocketPOD deployers, carrying a total of eight PocketQube satellites onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Several PocketQube customer satellites, WISeKey, a cybersecurity, AI, and IoT company from Switzerland and the CShark Pilot-1 2P Earth Observation and IoT Satellite, will be flying on this mission. Five of which will be using the FOSSASat-2E high performance picosatellite platform. The satellites were launched on January 13th, 2022 with the Transporter-3 mission from SpaceX.

On May 25th 2022 the company launched another eight satellites, FOSSASat-2E6, -E7, -E8, -E9, -E10, -E11, -E12 and -E13. The satellites were orbited with a Falcon 9 rocket operated by SpaceX on its fifth SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, Transporter-5, orbiting 59 small spacecraft for various customers such as LEO satellite operators GHGSat, ICEYE, FOSSASat and satellite manufacturer Tyvak.

Satellite  Customer Mission  Launch Date Launcher Launch Operator
FOSSASat-1 Fossa Systems ‘Running Out of Fingers’ Dec 6th, 2019 Electron Rocket Lab NZ
FOSSASat-1b Fossa Systems launch failure Sept 3rd, 2021 FireFly Alpha FireFly USA
FOSSASat-2 Fossa Systems launch failure Sept 3rd, 2021 FireFly Alpha FireFly USA
FOSSASat-2E1/WISeSAT-1 WISeKey CH Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E2/WISeSAT-2 WISeKey CH Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E3/PILOT-1 CShark Italy Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat- 2E4/LAIKA PorkShop Sw Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E5 Fossa Systems Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E6 Fossa Systems Transporter-3 Jan 13th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E7 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E8 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E9 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E10 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E11 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E12 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA
FOSSASat-2E13 Fossa Systems Transporter-5 May 25th, 2022 Falcon 9 SpaceX USA

FOSSASat-1 LEO PocketQube satellite

FOSSASAT-1-cube
Rocket Lab launcher lifts off LEO satellites
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