First Dutch military nanosatellite launched
On 30 June, the first Dutch military nanosatellite was launched from the Mojave Desert in the United States. The nanosatellite BRIK II was brought into orbit by the company Virgin Orbit.
The satellite is not much bigger than a carton of milk. The advantage of the small size is that the satellite can be built much faster and is much cheaper, also to launch. With a limited budget, three complex systems have been brought together in the small satellite.
A number of organisations have joined forces to develop the satellite. The Delft-based company Innovative Solutions in Space (ISISPACE) is the designer and integrator of the BRIK-II. The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) has developed new technologies that are put into practice on the BRIK-II. This has been done in cooperation with the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the University of Oslo.
Stefano Speretta and Trevor Watts from the Space Engineering department are involved in the project in an advisory role.