FlyLab-2 Satellite

Name FlyLab-2 (FlyLab2)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Launcher not launched
Organization ONERA
Institution Institute
Entity Academic / Education
Nation (HQ) France
Nation (AIT) Lithuania
Manufacturer AIVT by NanoAvionics

Two RF payloads to characterize ionosphere and radar analysis.


The FlyLab-2 satellite carries two payloads developed by ONERA. The first comprises VHF antennas and a software-defined radio card (SDR), allowing the reception of a signal from the ground to characterize the ionosphere. It extends and improves the ONERA experiment that will launch in early 2023. The second payload is for radar analysis and comprises an L-band antenna and another SDR card that analyses signals from a ground-based device.

One satellite includes an electrical propulsion system, the second one a cold gas or chemical propulsion system. To complete this setup the platforms carry a fine attitude control system (star tracker, magnetorquer and reaction wheel) to perform precise pointing for earth observation and telecommunication. This full Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) allows ONERA to test new attitude control algorithms and validate complex manoeuvers in orbit, a first step toward a formation flight.

The second set of payloads, carried by FlyLab2, is composed of CUIONO2 and RepSat, both developed by ONERA. CUIONO2 is composed of VHF antennas and a software defined radio (SDR) card. A ground-based emitter completes the setup to allow the characterization of the ionosphere. RepSat is composed of an L-band antenna and another SDR card designed for radar analysis.

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Keywords Propulsion

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