HYPSO Satellite

Spacecraft name HYPSO-1 (HYPer-spectral Satellite for ocean Observation, HYPSO-1)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational (Blog post on the website and last checked on 2022-05-26)
Launched 2022-01-13
NORAD ID 51053
Deployer ?
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-3)
Entity name Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation (HQ) US
Nation (AIT) Lithuania
Manufacturer AIVT by NanoAvionics

Hyperspectral imager to monitor algal blooms and other biological activity in the ocean.


Combine observations from the orbiting satellite with those made by autonomous vehicles above, upon and beneath the ocean’s surface. The resulting studies of algal blooms and other biological activity in the ocean will support environmental monitoring and the management of marine resources as well as contribute to our understanding of climate change’s effects on Earth’s oceans. Perform a slew maneuver to let its hyper-spectral imager record data across hundreds of narrow bands in the visible and near-infrared spectrum.


Payload is alive!

When we enter 2024, our first research satellite, the HYPSO-1, soon pass the two-year orbit mark! We have collected over 2000 observations and are continuously developing both the on-board software and the data processing and distribution pipeline for data sharing.

In addition to the ongoing HYPSO-1 operation, our team has also delivered the two payloads for our next satellite: HYPSO-2. Back in August 2022, we shipped an upgraded hyperspectral camera and a software-defined radio to be integrated at Kongsberg NanoAvionics. The integration and environmental tests finished in December, and some of our team went to Vilnius for final testing and “goodbyes”.

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Keywords Propulsion

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Last modified: 2024-05-29

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