In 2001, NGC developed the AOCS software for the European Space Agency (ESA) Project for On-Board Autonomy (PROBA-1) satellite.
The main objective and challenge of the PROBA-1 mission was to create an autonomous satellite that could function with minimal human intervention from the ground station.
This has been made possible in large part thanks to the AOCS software developed by NGC. Originally intended as a technology demonstration satellite, it was so successful that it became a functioning Earth observation platform.
Originally projected to operate between 18 months and two years, PROBA-1 celebrated its 20 years in orbit in October 2021. Its success led to other autonomous satellites using NGC’s AOCS software including PROBA-2 (launched in 2009), PROBA-V (launched in 2013), and PROBA-3, a mission currently in development and intended to demonstrate precision formation flying while studying the Sun’s corona.