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In collaboration with Orbital Micro Systems

IOD-1 GEMS was the first IOD mission to be awarded in collaboration with Orbital Micro Systems (OMS). OMS are a leader in developing advanced instrumentation for small satellites that gather weather data more frequently and with better clarity than the large institutional satellites currently in use.

In a little over 18 months, IOD-1 GEMS has gone from initial concept to space, following successful delivery of the satellite to the International Space Station on 19th April 2019. Designed by Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), the Passive Microwave Sounder instrument is less than a quarter of the size and over 70kg lighter than the existing equivalent, which in turn has reduced deployment costs by 95 percent

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Mission Status
Mission Status

Mission Status


Following delivery to the mission launch provider, Nanoracks, in February 2019, IOD-1 GEMS was launched into orbit onboard the NG-11 Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station on 17th April 2019.

We are currently awaiting a deployment date and will keep this page up to date with the status of the mission so you can keep an eye on what we’re up to!

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Chris Brunskill
Head of Access to Space
IOD@sa.catapult.org.uk +44 (0)1235 567999
Dr Chris Brunskill is an electronics engineer specialising in small satellite systems and mission design. He obtained a Masters of Engineering degree in electronics and satellite engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD in space robotics from the Surrey Space Centre. His work focuses on the development of new satellite applications that utilise small satellite platforms for demonstration of novel technologies and new mission concepts. Chris is passionate about open, innovative technology development in the space sector.
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Graeme Taylor
Space Missions Analyst
IOD@sa.catapult.org.uk +44 (0)1235 567999

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