BRITE-AUSTRIA (TUG-SAT-1) and UniBRITE are the two Austrian satellites in the BRITE-Constellation. They will be launched first, which is scheduled for the months of June/July 2011 by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from Sriharikota, near Cheney in India. Both satellites are being developed in collaboration with the Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications (IKS) at the Technical University of Graz (TUG), Institute for Astronomy of the University of Vienna, and the Space Flight Lab (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).
BRITE-AUSTRIA and UniBRITE are the first two satellites launched and operated autonomousely by AUSTRIA.
BRITE-AUSTRIA also named TUG-SAT-1 is funded by the Austrian Forschungs Förderungs Gesellschaft (FFG) and is built under the responsibility of the Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications (IKS) at the Technical University of Graz (TUG). The instrument will be sensitive to a BLUE wavelength range.
UniBRITE is financed by the University of Vienna and built under the responsibility of the Institute for Astronomy (IfA). The instrument of this satellite will be sensitive to a RED wavelength range.
Both Austrian satellites in the BRITE-Constellation, BRITE-AUSTRIA and UniBRITE, will be operated from the IKS of TUG in Graz, where a ground station and the operations centre are supported by an additional ground station at the Technical University Vienna.