CGI provides support for the launch of Estonia's first satellite
After its successful launch, Estonia's first satellite, ESTCube-1, is
now performing its scientific mission.
TALLINN, ESTONIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/29/13 --
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CGI Group Inc. (NYSE:GIB)(TSX:GIB.A) supported Estonia's first
satellite launch, which took place on May 7, 2013, by building the
satellite's ground station control software. The ESTCube-1 satellite
was successfully launched from the European spaceport in French
CGI worked in collaboration with the University of Tartu in
developing the software. It was built using Hummingbird, a leading
open source mission control software platform, as well as modern
software tools and standards tailored to the needs of this particular
satellite and its mission. The software was designed to be simple,
flexible and user friendly.
The main mission of the satellite is to test electric solar wind sail
technology, a novel space propulsion technology that could
revolutionize transportation within the solar system. An important
milestone in Estonian space history was reached as two-way
communication with the satellite was established and its mission is
now successfully underway.
"I am very grateful for the contribution of CGI," said Mart Noorma, a
University of Tartu professor and the ESTCube-1 academic supervisor.
"Working together, CGI specialists and university students developed
an innovative and effective space mission control software for
ESTCube-1.We hope to continue our successful collaboration in the
development of future satellites."
"CGI was able to provide hands-on experience to students based on our
long experience in the space industry," said Space Project Manager
Andreas Sisask from CGI in Estonia. "We are proud to have
participated in a project that will be used to build infrastructures
for future Estonian space projects and to educate space engineers."
CGI has more than 35 years of experience in the space industry,
delivering complex, mission-critical space systems. Our solutions are
secure, often in complex technical environments, proven to work first
time, every time, ultra-reliable and delivered on time to avoid
costly delays. CGI works on the major European navigation,
communication and earth observation programs and is a specialist in
space security and ground control systems. We share innovate uses of
space and satellite technology with commercial organizations to help
them solve their business problems effectively. Our software has
supported the missions of more than 200 satellites.
To learn more about ESTCube-1, visit www.estcube.eu/en/home
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