OCE’s partner Orbita launches two satellites

At 11:00 on June 15, two video micro-satellites (OVS-1A and OVS-1B) were successfully launched on the CZ-4B / Y31 launch vehicle. These satellites are part of the “Zhuhai One” remote sensing micro-satellite constellation. The satellites were designed by Zhuhai Orbita Control Engineering Co., Ltd. and use many of its components. This is China’s first independent operation of a satellite constellation by a private enterprise and will help build a large satellite data industry in Guangdong.

The two initial satellites use Orbita’s mature “micro-nano satellite product system” platform with high integration, light weight and low cost. OVS-1A and OVS-1B are satellites for optical imaging each weighing 55kg, with optical resolution of 1.98m, and two modes of operation; gaze video and strip imaging.

According to Orbita chairman Yan Jun, the “Zhuhai One” remote sensing micro-satellite constellation consists of 34 different satellites, a combination of hyperspectral and radar satellites in different orbits covering the whole world. The satellites have a full range of remote sensing, all-weather, high temporal resolution, and high spatial resolution.” Yan Jun explained that in general low-orbit earth observation need 2 months to cover the earth whereas “Zhuhai One” will do this in 5 days with daily coverage of hot areas.

Orbita Satellite Constellation

Orbita Satellite Constellation

The project will be completed in two phases, the first phase of 18 satellites will be launched from 2017 to 2019.  The second phase of 16 satellites will be launched within two years of completion of the first phase. All satellites are using Orbita designed components. The next satellites will be launched by the end of this year, including four hyperspectral satellites.

The first launch of the video satellite is mainly for the ground “satellite data processing centre” to provide video and image data products. In order to increase the capacity to receive data, Orbita will also build six ground stations to receive the data.

Information from this constellation is aimed at satellite data industry, a trillion dollar market. The “Zhuhai One” project will produce satellite data not only for the local government departments and industries in Zhuhai but also through a satellite data platform for the rest of the world to provide data services to hundreds of millions of ordinary people.

According to Yan Jun the next step is the construction of Zhuhai satellite data industry park and satellite data industry incubation centre to help the development of big satellite data industry in Guangdong.

The industrial park includes a satellite operations centre, data processing centre, application demonstration centre and incubation centre. The government plans to introduce and incubate 100 related industries, innovative enterprises, and teams.

Marseille from OVS-1A

Marseille from OVS-1A

Osaka from OVS-1B

Osaka from OVS-1B

O.C.E. Technology Introduces New Satellite Subsystems to Growing European Commercial Space Market

O.C.E. Technology ( today announced that it is introducing its new range of satellite subsystems to the growing European commercial space market.

The company made the announcement at the 2017 Paris Space Week exhibition, which commenced today and which is Europe’s premier B2B space event dedicated to launch vehicles, satellites and space related technologies.

OCE Satellite Subsystems

Barry Kavanagh, OCE’s CEO holding a star tracker, one of the new range of subsystems

The O.C.E. Technology subsystems are derived from those in use in the Chinese space programme and have been operational on Chinese satellites over the past 20 years. The company is currently working with European customers to customise the products for the fast growing commercial satellite market.

O.C.E. Technology, headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin, develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors.

The company’s new subsystems can be used to bring a satellite into a desired orientation in space and to a desired spin rate.

To do this the star tracker subsystem matches the stars in its field of view with those in an internal map, allowing orientation and spin rate be determined. An on-board sun sensor provides further information, as do magnetometers that measure the strength and direction of the Earth’s magnetic field.

Reaction wheels are then used by the on board computer to provide the torques required to orient the satellite and control its spin, with a magnetorquer subsystem applying further torques by interacting with Earth’s magnetic field.

To address the power requirements of the satellite O.C.E. Technology provides a range of space qualified batteries, recharged by solar arrays, which can be customised according to satellite mission requirements.

Barry Kavanagh, CEO, O.C.E. Technology, said, “Our new satellite subsystems are providing cost-effective and proven building blocks to low orbit satellite builders with a make-or-buy decision. It’s great that the satellite subsystems already have many flying years on the Chinese space programme thus making it easier for us to sell into the European space companies”. He added, “The new subsystems are complementary to our other products and will provide a base for the company to increase its revenues and expand at a faster rate.”

O.C.E. Technology also offers a range of radiation hardened system-on-chip and radiation tolerant system-in-package devices, in addition to its flagship debug software tool, DMON.

During the 2017 Paris Space Week visit O.C.E. Technology, an Enterprise Ireland client company, and its European Distributor, Dimac RED, at Booth D16 to learn more about the company’s latest range of satellite subsystem products.


8 March 2017

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, Communications Manager (Innovation), e:, t: + 353 1 716 3712, or William Connor, O.C.E. Technology, Business Development, t: +353 1 716 3530 or e:

OCE Technology debuts software tools for European Space Agency’s next generation navigation technology

Dublin, Ireland – Dublin based O.C.E. Technology recently showcased it software toolset for the European Space Agency’s next generation navigation processor, the AGGA-4. This chip, installed on satellites and spacecraft, can use signals from the US, Russian, European, or Chinese global positioning systems not only to find precise locaSatellitetion but also for weather prediction by measuring GPS signal distortion by the upper atmosphere and also to measure maritime conditions using reflectometry from the ocean surface.

O.C.E. Technology develops software for technical applications and supplies radiation-hardened chip-level components targeted primarily at the space and high-reliability sectors. In 2017 OCE is launching a range of satellite subsystems already in use on the Chinese space programme. Watch this space!

DMON2 Debug Tool
DMON2 is a software tool used by embedded system developers to improve their productivity. It enables them to debug applications in a faster and more efficient manner. Test & Debug account for 25% of developers’ time and developers consider debug tools to be their most important tools. DMON2 will provide unique supports for efficient development and debugging of system-on-chip solutions where a single chip contains multiple blocks each performing a different function. With upwards of 55% of embedded projects running late the demand for DMON2 is obvious.

DMON2 works with a range of differing processor technologies including SPARC and ARM, the tool has an advanced and easy to use graphical interface and will facilitate rapid debug of embedded system applications.

System-on-Chip, System-in-Package, Memory devices
In addition to the Software tools developed by O.C.E. Technology, the company can supply a range of advanced radiation-hardened systems-on-chip (SOC), radiation-tolerant systems-in-package (SIP) devices, commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts, and customised high-reliability components. These parts are tested and screened for differing environments including flight space-qualified.

Satellite Subsystems
Visit our booth at Paris Space Week in March.

William Connor, Business Development

NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park, Belfield, Dublin 4, D04X8W9, Ireland.

Phone   +353 1 716 3530


OCE appoints Dimac RED as European Distributor

OCE appoints Dimac RED as its European Distributor and shares a booth at Electronica 2016. Pictured below id Dr Giuseppe  Di Bartolo, founder and owner of Dimac who celebrated his 21st birthday at this his 40th consecutive attendance at the Electonica tradeshow. Something does not add up here!


Dr Guiseppe Di Bartolo, founder and owner of Dimac


OCE and Dimac share booth at Electronica