SpIRIT Satellite

Satellite name SpIRIT (Space Industry – Responsive – Intelligent – Thermal)
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Mass in kg 11.5 kg
Status Operational (Received and decoded according to SatNOGS forum. LinkedIn post from Nova Systems last checked 2023-12-19))
Launched 2023-12-01
NORAD ID 58468
Deployer QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace]
Launcher Falcon 9 (425 Project)
Organization University of Melbourne
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Headquarters Australia
Manufacturer AIVT by Inovor
Operator Inovor
Partners University of Melbourne’s Physics and Engineering Schools, Sitael Australia, Inovor Technologies, Neumann Space, Nova Systems
Costs AU$7 million.

Demonstrator cubesat carrying an X-ray detector and propulsion system.


Demonstrator cubesat carrying an X-ray detector provided by the Italian Space Agency and innovative Australian-made technologies including sophisticated on-board computers and radios, and our miniaturised electric propulsion system.

It will run a suite of powerful scientific instruments, cameras, guidance systems, communication antennae, on-board computers with artificial intelligence capabilities, and even its own electric propulsion thruster.

Seven identical X-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers have been fully tested and calibrated at FBK, IAAT/EKUT and INAF facilities.


All MSL payloads are operational! 2023-12-22.

Commissioning update: Cryocooler is up & running! 2024-01-12

Loris camera & AI system update: first light & first paper! 2024-04-16

Sources [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
COTS subsystems
  • THRUSTER - Neumann Space
Keywords Propulsion
Space photos SpIRIT


On the same launch

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