Mosaic, or Micro Satellite Applications in Collaboration, was a government
project led by BNSC with one of its partners, the MOD, funding half the
TopSat project. The Mosaic programme provided £15
million, between 2000 and 2005, to fund three demonstration missions that
tested small or "micro" satellite technology.
The UK is pioneering the development of these new technologies and
techniques, which aim to show that a simple, economically-built spacecraft can
achieve the same high-level results as traditional satellites.
Using small satellites, scientists can build and launch new satellites
faster and much more cheaply. It could have a huge impact on the future of
space missions and significantly reduce the cost of using satellite technology
on Earth. It's therefore vital for our economy that we maintain our momentum
and remain one of the world's leading manufacturers of this technology.
Mosaic gave scientists and companies in the UK the opportunity to submit
ideas for new missions that would test the effectiveness and application of
small satellite capability. The three winners, announced in 2000, were Gemini,
TopSat and DMC. The three teams responsible received the funding to take their
ideas through to launch.
Read more about TopSat and DMC in our Missions section.