The HUMSAT system is conceived as a "multi-purpose" constellation of nano-satellites and will provide a generic communications service commonly known as "storage and forward", on which the different users of the system will be expected to build and define their own applications. A key concept of HUMSAT is that it foresees the addition of payloads for in-orbit tests. Through an agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Initial European Contribution (IEC) to the HUMSAT system will be used as the initial testing tool of the GENSO network of ground stations.
In 2011 the Space Studies Programme of the International Space University was held in Graz, Austria. Programme participants contributed to one of three team projects, among them a project dealing with small satellites and space technology development capacity building. Participants in this project were tasked to prepare a guidebook with best practices for the development of small satellites.
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