PIXL-1 Satellite

Satellite PIXL-1, (Photo Images Cross Laser, CubeL PIXL, CubeL, OSIRIS4CubeSat)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Operational (eoPortal was provided with confirmation and press release on 2023-10-30)
Launched 2021-01-24
NORAD ID 47448
Deployer EXOpod 12U/16U [Exolaunch]
Launcher Falcon 9 (Transporter-1)
Entity name DLR (German Aerospace Center)
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation (HQ) Germany
Nation (AIT) Denmark
Manufacturer AIVT by GomSpace
Operator German Space Operations Center
Costs $560,000 for the single CubeSat platform
Single platform: $560,000

Demonstration of the OSIRIS optical demonstration payload for CubeSats.


Demonstration of the OSIRIS optical demonstration payload for CubeSats. In the framework of the OSIRIS program, DLR develops highly compact optical communication payloads for small LEO spacecrafts together with their cooperation partner Tesat-Spacecom, who will commercialize it as CubeL DTE. Optical terminal OSIRIS4CubeSat/ CubeL which will transfer pictures taken with the CubeSat via laser to the ground. CubeL data rate is 100Mbps, volume 0,3U and weight 350g.

Will initially be monitored and controlled via UHF using a compatible COTS ground segment to perform an IOD of “OSIRIS4CubeSat”, a miniaturized OSIRIS space-to-ground laser communication terminal developed by DLR-KN in cooperation with Tesat-Spacecom. Afterwards, CubeL will be integrated into the GSOC multi-mission environment and be operated via S-Band. The GSOC ground segment architecture and software focuses on institutionally standardized communication, such as CCSDS frame (132.0-B-2) and packet standards (133.0-B-1) and the ECSS packet utilization standard (E-ST-70-41C). At the core of GSOC's multi-mission environment is the SCOS-2000 based monitoring and control system “GECCOS”, which supports all satellite missions currently operated by GSOC.

TESAT with research partner DLR provides the terminal, which is integrated with a GomSpace provided satellite platform. A cost-efficient ground station solution will be operated by KSAT.


Some challenges:

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Photo sources [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - GomSpace
Keywords Laser transmitter
On the same launch

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