On February 7th 2020, 34 Airbus OneWeb satellites were successfully launched with 68 Auriga star trackers on board.
This is the biggest lift off ever for a star trackers supplier !
This new batch of OneWeb communication satellites have been launched from Baïkonour, in Kazakhstan, to low earth orbit. The constellation will provide internet connection worldwide.
The Auriga star tracker was specially designed to meet the small-satellite industry’s demands for low-cost, small form factor, low power consumption and high performance.
It exists in a Centralized Processing (CP) version, which embeds its attitude processing software on board the satellite’s processor, and in a Stand-Alone (SA) version, where data is processed by a Sodern-designed separate electronic unit. In 2016, Sodern was selected to equip the entire OneWeb constellation with Auriga CP star trackers.
Aside from OneWeb, at least 10 Auriga SA and 35 Auriga CP will be delivered to several customers in 2020.