During the summer of the year 2014, a group from the Institute for Atmospheric and Environment Research at the University of Wuppertal and the Institute for Energy and Climate – Stratosphere at the Research Centre Jülich initiated the DISSECT initiative with the goal to develop Small Satellites for Climate research for Tomographic measurements. This initiative grew larger and soon the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light at Erlangen joined in among other partners. The first goal of the initiative is the development of a 3U CubeSat with an innovative and highly compact instrumentation for atmospheric observations.

The development matured to a point where a proposal could be submitted to the REXUS program to increase the maturity of the system. The experiment was selected to participate in the REXUS program 2017, and it will be launched on board a rocket in March 2017.