The Story of UoSAT-1

This week marked 40 years since UoSAT-1 - designed and built by Martin Sweeting and a small team of research scientists at the University of Surrey - was launched on a Delta rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. UoSAT-1 was the first modern microsatellite with in-orbit re-programmable computers and its signals were decoded and analyzed by thousands of radio amateurs, schools & universities around the world.

The story of SSTL’s first satellite involves a huge amount of ingenuity, teamwork, calling in favors, and cheeky but successful requests for assistance!