Name Faraday-1
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Organisation In-Space Missions
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation (HQ) UK
Nation (AIT) ?
Partners Bright Ascension, GomSpace, Rocket Lab, Kongsberg Satellite Services AS, ISISpace, Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL)
Costs £4.9 million for this and future validation missions.

Hosted payload opportunities for early service and technology demonstration.


Faraday Phoenix has been developed in less than 8 months and is flying payloads for 6 customers including Airbus, Lacuna, SatixFy and Aeternum as well In-Space’s own Babel payload. The Babel payload is In-Space’s first incarnation of a future digital, uploadable payload offering within the Faraday service. This first generation is a high gain, wideband software defined radio with over 1 GHz of available bandwidth which enables a number of different applications to be uploaded and exercised – from tracking ship radars to creating heat maps of 4G mobile usage.

The next generation of the Babel payload will boast a bandwidth of at least 1GHz to 32GHz, offering unprecedented digital access to space and will fly on the Faraday-2 cluster mission for launch in Q4 2022. This Faraday 2 cluster will enable more customer ride-share opportunities both for physical and digital payloads and as with future Faraday iterations, will focus on uploadable customer payloads in the Faraday Digital series.

SatixFy Space Systems, based in Manchester, is using the mission to demonstrate their satcom technology in space for the first time. SatixFy’s cubesat computer will be the most capable product of its type on the market, supporting up to 4Gbps of data transmission, and allowing companies to process large amounts of data in orbit.

The Airbus Prometheus 1 payload, built in Portsmouth, with a Software Defined Radio will be able to survey radio spectrum usage across the world from orbit, detect radar tracking of the Faraday Phoenix satellite, and potentially identify and locate search and rescue beacons.

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COTS subsystems
  • OBSW - Bright Ascension
  • MCS - Bright Ascension
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Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
Faraday-1 Launch failure 2020-07-04 Launch failure
Faraday-1b (Faraday Phoenix) Operational? (Initial contact made according to official Twitter post, but object was identified months later) 2021-06-30 525 km, 97.5 deg
Faraday-1c cancelled? (Seems to have switched to microsatellite platforms for hosted payloads) x_cancelled cancelled
Faraday-1d cancelled? as focus is on microsatellites?) x_cancelled cancelled

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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