Io-1 Satellite

Name Io-1
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 4U
Status not launched, expected in 2025
Launcher not launched
Organization Iota Technology
Institution Company
Entity type Commercial
Nation (HQ) US
Nation (AIT) UK
Manufacturer AIVT by AAC Clyde Space
Operator AAC Clyde Space
Costs $2.5 million for end-to-end 3-year mission.

End-to-end satellite mission for Iota Technology as part of MagQuest, a competition to advance measuring Earth's magnetic field. 


End-to-end satellite mission as part of MagQuest, a multimillion-dollar competition to advance how to measure Earth's magnetic field. 

The mission will see a 4U EPIC satellite, equipped with Iota Technology's magnetometer payload, launched to measure the Earth's magnetic field. 

AAC Clyde Space will handle the manufacturing, launch, commissioning and operation of the satellite for a 3-year period.

Through MagQuest, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is supporting the development of possible magnetic measurement solutions for the World Magnetic Model. Iota Technology emerged as one of three winners in the payload segment of the competition in September 2023, securing funding for a satellite mission.

Iota Technology Ltd (UK) and partners STFC RAL Space (UK), Oxford Space Systems Ltd (UK) and Twinleaf LLC (USA), - £1,500,000 - High-accuracy nanosatellite magnetometry which will form the primary payload of the Io-1 CubeSat. It will raise the atomic magnetometer, fluxgate magnetometer and deployable boom’s technical readiness level and capture data in support of the World Magnetic Model. 

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