FedSat launch

Wednesday, 14 February, 2001

The first Australian-made satellite to be launched in over 30 years, FedSat, is due to leave Earth in February 2002.

A team from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Satellite Systems at the University of Newcastle is involved in the development of a magnetometer, NEWMAG, which will be placed inside FedSat.

FedSat will be a low-orbiting satellite, and NEWMAG will measure the Earth's magnetic field in space as FedSat orbits the Earth at a height of 800 kilometres.

FedSat is a cooperative venture, with core partners of the University of Newcastle being the CSIRO, Vipac, Auspace, and other universities.

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