Open Cosmos MENUT Satellite Successfully Launched

Open Cosmos MENUT Satellite Successfully Launched

The SpaceX Falcon-9 launched Open Cosmos’s first satellite of 2023 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, amongst 114 other small satellites. The launch was a resounding success. Approximately one hour after launch, confirmation was received of the successful deployment of MENUT from the Exolaunch deployer and a few hours later, satellite operators at the Open Cosmos Control center received a strong signal from MENUT and started downloading telemetry nominally. 

Solving global challenges with a world view

MENUT is the second satellite of Catalonia’s NewSpace Strategy. Promoted by the Government of Catalonia and the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) MENUT is a six-unit CubeSat weighing less than 10 kg, with a mission to observe Earth in order to improve spatial planning and help understand the effects of the climate crisis.

MENUT, which is Catalan for ‘small’, will orbit around 538 km from the Earth at a speed of about 8 km/s. The satellite will be able to take images at 5 meters ground sampling distance of any place in the world.

Leading the world’s biggest mutualized constellation

Menut will form part of the OpenConstellation, a global, shared Earth Observation satellite infrastructure built and managed by Open Cosmos which will enable anyone to access satellite data to address challenges around the climate crisis, energy, natural resources, and more. 

Launching a satellite has, in the past, been prohibitively expensive. The OpenConstellation will allow national and regional governments, as well as businesses and organizations with more conservative budgets, to participate and access insightful, actionable data from space for the first time while keeping high levels of governance and security.

Rafel Jorda, Founder, and CEO of Open Cosmos said of the event:

“This launch was incredibly important, not only for Open Cosmos but also for Catalonia and their NewSpace strategy. It is always a nerve-wracking moment when a satellite launches but we’re happy to say everything ran to plan and we are already receiving telemetry from MENUT. This will be the first of eight planned launches for Open Cosmos in 2023, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our engineering teams both in Spain and in the UK”

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013