Advanced satellites in orbit after on-the-ground testing at the National Space Test Facility

M2 spacecraft and team at work at the National Space Test Facility at Mt Stromlo. M2 spacecraft and team at work at the National Space Test Facility at Mt Stromlo.

 

ANU InSpace and the National Space Test Facility at Mt Stromlo congratulate UNSW Canberra Space and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for a successful launch of their M2 mission!

The M2 CubeSat satellites were successfully launched with Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from New Zealand. The National Space Test Facility and its team supported the development of M2 satellites by performing nearly two months of experimental activities from 2018 to 2021.

The M2 mission is a collaboration between UNSW Canberra Space and the RAAF that brings together emerging technologies to deliver advanced capabilities in Earth observation, maritime surveillance, and satellite communications. The M2 will deliver world-leading CubeSat technologies including formation flying, where the craft is able to split into two separate satellites and fly in sequence.

The National Space Test Facility, at the Australian National University Mt Stromlo campus, enabled the development of the M2 mission through severe qualification tests of M2 engineering models (vibration and thermal testing at atmospheric pressure), use of cleanroom for optics alignment activities, and complex acceptance tests of M2 flight satellites before the launch (24h operation thermal vacuum, and vibration testing and centre of gravity measurement).

 

Contacts

Kathleen Sweetapple
Contact email:inspace@anu.edu.au
Contact phone:02 6125 0065