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This forum will review the important steps that have led to the current state of, and presents the future outlook for, OPS-SAT.
OPS-SAT is the first CubeSat designed by ESA and has been designed specifically to address this issue. It is essentially a flying experimental platform on which the on-board software segment of many of these new operational concepts can be run. The platform will allow ESOC experimenters to change every aspect of the on-board software in much the same way as one installs and changes operating systems and applications on a home PC. This means experiments that are not even imagined at launch can fly. The platform will allow normal terrestrial software (e.g. LINUX and Java) to be flown by using much more powerful processors than those presently flown.