Brik-II (satellite)

Summary

Brik-II
Parties with a model of the BRIK-II satellite.jpg
The representatives of the 4 participating parties with a model of the Brik-II satellite.
Mission typeCommunication
OperatorRoyal Netherlands Air Force
Mission duration3 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeNanosatellite
ManufacturerISISpace, NLR and TU Delft
Launch mass<10kg
Start of mission
Launch date30 June 2021 [1]
RocketLauncherOne[1]
ContractorVirgin Orbit[1]
 

Brik-II is a first satellite of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. On 30 November 2017 C-LSK Dennis Luyt signed a contract with ISISpace, NLR and TU Delft. The nanosatellite is designed to provide the Royal Netherlands Air Force with intelligence regarding navigation, communication and observation of the Earth. The satellite was launched on 30 June 2021 by Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne.[2][3]

Namesake

The Brik-II satellite is named after the first airplane of the Royal Netherlands Airforce, named 'Brik'.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Virgin Orbit to Launch First Satellite for Dutch Ministry Of Defense". Virgin Orbit News. 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-01-25.
  2. ^ "Luchtmacht gaat de ruimte in" [Airforce goes to space]. defensie.nl (in Dutch). 30 November 2017. Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. ^ Raymond Boere (30 November 2017). "Simpele satelliet, maar vol speciale snufjes" [Simple satellite, however filled with special gadgets]. ad.nl (in Dutch). AD. Retrieved 3 December 2017.