ROCKET LAUNCH

"We are limited only by our imagination and our will to act."

Ronald J. Garan Jr. NASA Astronaut

ROCKET LAUNCH: How does my satellite get into space?

Your AmbaSat-1 satellite will travel into space inside the AmbaSat 3U Container which is secured inside the launch rocket. The container is a “3U CubeSat” – a rectangular structure which measures approximately 10cm x 10cm x 34cm. Inside the 3U container, there are up to 50 ‘trays’, with each carrying four AmbaSat-1 Space Satellites. 

Your Very Own Spacecraft, live in space!

On reaching Low Earth Orbit, around 300 km – 500 km above the earth, the rocket will deploy the AmbaSat 3U Container or hosted payload. A radio transmission will then be sent from our ground station with the command to wake up the AmbaSat Mission Control Computer and begin powering the AmbaSat-1 Satellites. From this point, you will start to receive telemetry and sensor data will be transmitted to your AmbaSat Dashboard.

Technical Documents:

The AmbaSat 3U Container, Rocket Launches and Communications

200 AmbaSats into LEO

The container can hold up to 200 AmbaSats and transports them into Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

ONE month in space

At an altitude of about 300 km, the container and AmbaSats spend about one month in LEO

20,000 Ground Stations

Over 20,000 radio ground stations spread right across the world listen for AmbaSat telemetry

Rocket Launches start in 2023

Hosted payload launches are scheduled for 2023, with UK launches following

AmbaSat's UK rocket launch partner : Skyrora

Skyrora XL Three-stage Rocket

Skyrora XL is a three stage launch vehicle intended to place payloads between 200km and 1,000km altitudes

Rocket Length > 22 meters

Skyrora XL stands 22.7 meters tall with a total lift-off mass in excess of 55,000 kilograms

Payload Mass > 315KG

An encapsulated payload module with push-rod springs that will deploy the AmbaSat Container to LEO

The AmbaSat Rocket Launch Details

The AmbaSat Container and AmbaSat-1 Satellites

Your AmbaSat-1 Space Satellite, known as a femtosat class of satellite, measures 35 x 35 x 5 mm. Four satellites fit on a stackable ‘tray’, and a stack of fifty trays fits inside the AmbaSat 3U Container which equates to 200 satellites per launch. Each satellite remains inside the container for the duration of the mission. 

Satellites remain inside the Container for the duration of the Mission

Due to licensing constraints, the femtosats will remain inside the 3U container for the duration of the mission. The open-case design of the 3U container means that all AmbaSats will function in exactly the same manner as if they were in free flight. An additional benefit of this design is that power requirements and radio communications will be supported by the 3U container.

Hosted Payload versus Deployed Payload

A hosted or shared payload is one where the AmbaSat Container is hosted as part of another satellite deployment. This has a number of advantages which include no licence requirements, the supply of host power and comms systems, and more cost-effective launches. We are currently in negotiations with a number of providers regarding hosted payload missions. Concurrently, we are also applying for our CAA licence to allow AmbaSats to be deployed.

Readying Your Satellite for Rocket Launch

Whether you are an individual, business or educational establishment, the process is the same: Once you have assembled your satellite, programmed it and fully tested it using our Quality Control test procedures which are documented as part of the kit, you must then wait for notification of your rocket launch schedule. Launch slots are allocated during the purchase of the satellite kit. Once we are notified of the rocket launch schedule, there is a 3 – 6 month period where you return your satellite to AmbaSat, where it will undergo final tests before being mounted inside the 3U Container.

Launch Day - Live Stream Video and Telemetry via the Dashboard

On launch day, we aim to provide a live stream of the rocket launch. Once the Container is deployed into Low Earth Orbit, telemetry data from your AmbaSat will be received via the Dashboard. Radio signals will be sent using LoRaWAN which makes use of the 20,000+ ground stations of ‘The Things Network’. In addition and as a backup, telemetry data will also be transmitted via S-Band to the AmbaSat Ground Station.

Your AmbaSat-1 in Low Earth Orbit for ONE month

In a Deployed Payload Scenario, your AmbaSat mission will continue for ONE month before the 3U Container and AmbaSats re-enter the earth’s atmosphere where they will burn up with very little environmental impact. For hosted missions, the duration is dependant on the host.

Orbital Characteristics, Apogee, Inclination, Orbital Velocity, etc

In a deployed scenario, we will enter a polar orbit with an inclination of 80-90 degrees. Apogee will be approximately 280km. Please contact us if you would like full technical details.