Background information

ESA Member States

Romania formally became an ESA Member State in December 2011. Negotiations between ESA and Poland, a European Cooperating State, are currently under way with a view to Poland becoming a full ESA Member State.

Hungary is also a European Cooperating State and a prospective future Member State.

P-POD ready for integration
P-POD deployer

CubeSats are picosatellites with standardised dimensions: 10 cm cubes with a maximum mass of 1 kg. Despite their size, they have their own power and communications systems, and they can carry one or more technology or science experiments.

Ejected into space by special deployment systems known as P-PODs, they can be operated from university radio stations.

For further information about the student CubeSats on Vega’s maiden flight, follow the links in the right-hand bar.

Last update: 14 February 2012

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