In 2008 LSE Space instructors, under a subcontract with the Swedish Space Corporation, provided training to the Malaysian research organisation Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd (ATSB).
At that time ATSB was preparing the LEOP and routine operations phase of the LEO satellite RazakSAT®. agreement included a baseline course for satellite functional architecture and general aspects of spacecraft operations.
In the first couple of hours of the training course it became evident that the ATSB staff was already extremely well trained in these aspects. However, they still needed hands-on experience, with instructors to explain what the real operational activities would be, including all the possible constraints after the satellite’s separation from the launcher.
Based on the experience gathered over many years in operations preparation and execution, the LSE Space instructors changed the course content in real time. They developed and delivered a consolidated operations timeline for the post-separation phase, covering the first orbits and all the critical operations and potential contingencies and conflicts. Together with their instructors, the trainees eventually developed a product that they could “carry home” and use for their mission.
RazakSAT® was launched into low Earth orbit by a Falcon 1 rocket on 14th July 2009 from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean's Marshall Islands. Image credit: SpaceX.