At a 6-month mission review, engineers at the Surrey Space Centre and SSTL in the United Kingdom have reported on the continued in-orbit success of the highly advanced 6.5kg SNAP-1 nanosatellite mission.
Following launch into a 700km low Earth orbit in June 2000 onboard a Cosmos rocket from Plesetsk, SNAP-1 had, by December 2000, achieved over 90% of its mission objectives -- achieving a remarkable number of 'world firsts' in this class of highly complex and micro-miniaturised spacecraft:
SSTL has since supplied two SNAP nanosatellite platforms under contract to the US Air Force Academy for use in training cadets in satellite systems.
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